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Austria made hard work of their Group D win against Moldova tonight

Marcel Koller’s side come to Dublin in June.

Austria's Stefan Ilsanker batttes Eugeniu Cebotaru, Stanislav Namasco and Alexandru Gatacan for the ball.
Austria's Stefan Ilsanker batttes Eugeniu Cebotaru, Stanislav Namasco and Alexandru Gatacan for the ball.
Image: Ronald Zak

AUSTRIA WERE HELD scoreless at home for 75 minutes by Moldova before finally making the breakthrough to keep their qualification hopes alive.

After taking just four points from their opening four matches in Group D, Marcel Koller’s side desperately needed the maximum against a Moldovan side that hasn’t won in 15 competitive games.

And it was only when Marko Arnautovic’s cross snuck past goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco in the 75th minute that the hosts could breathe a sigh of relief, with substitute Martin Harnik adding a second in stoppage time.

The win leaves Austria in fourth place in Group D, level on points with Wales, and four behind Ireland and Serbia.

Austria’s next qualifier is against Ireland in Dublin on 11 June.

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