WC Qual - UEFA

March 26, 2013


Republic of Ireland

2 - 2


Group C

19:45 +00:00, March 26, 2013

Aviva Stadium

Trapattoni: We must believe

Giovanni Trapattoni admitted his disappointment after seeing two precious World Cup qualifying points wrenched from his grasp.

The 74-year-old Italian looked to be emerging from a vital double-header against Sweden and Austria with four points safely banked when Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba snatched a 2-2 draw for the Austrians with a last-gasp equaliser at the Aviva Stadium.

With the Republic having led from first-half injury time until the final seconds of a tense encounter, players and fans alike left as dejected as if it had been a defeat, and Trapattoni admitted his emotions were similar.

He said: "Also me - but you think how disappointed the players are. We must give them morale and belief and support. We must be positive. We have three or four young players and some players who were playing only their second or third game.

"We must believe. I said yesterday we believe in this new revolution. We have to allow these young players to grow in confidence - why not?''

Trapattoni had hoped to silence his increasingly vociferous critics by claiming a minimum for four points, a return which would have taken them into second place in Group C.

However, successive draws have left them level on points with Austria and Sweden, with the Swedes having played a game fewer. But asked if he would still be in post in June - former Reading boss Brian McDermott has been linked with his job in recent days - the veteran Italian was defiant.

He said: "Why not? We are in the table. It has not changed. We are the same in the table as Sweden, the situation has not changed.''

Ireland were camped inside their own penalty area when Alaba picked up possession and drilled in a shot which clipped substitute Sean St Ledger and flew high past keeper David Forde to snatch a point.

Trapattoni said: "With more experience, we could have wasted some time with 90 minutes gone, but the draw is right because Austria played well.''

Austria coach Marcel Koller was the happier man as he headed out of Dublin, although he insisted there would be no celebrations just yet. He said: "It's special in that the last goal was scored so close to the finish of the match and it was a well deserved goal.

"We do take one point home, but we are still close together with the other teams in the table, so there's absolutely no reason for euphoria. We aren't through yet. We still have to play Ireland at home, we have two games against Sweden and there's still Germany to come, so we still have a long way to go.''