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Ireland were within a minute of securing a precious victory which would have propelled them into second place in Group C when the Bayern Munich man smashed an injury-time leveller past goalkeeper David Forde to snatch a point which left his side in pole position to claim the runners-up spot instead. It was a devastating conclusion to a tight encounter for Ireland, who dragged themselves back into the game after falling behind to Martin Harnik’s cool 11th-minute strike. Jon Walters levelled from the penalty spot and then headed Ireland in front at the end of the first half – and it was a lead they were to defend doggedly until the final throes. Press Association Austria midfielder David Alaba left Ireland’s World Cup qualifying hopes in tatters as he edged manager Giovanni Trapattoni closer to the exit with a dramatic late equaliser in a 2-2 draw. A second draw in four days leaves Trapattoni’s men knowing they face an uphill task to reach the play-offs. They were ultimately made to pay for sitting back and defending a narrow lead rather than attempting to build upon it, a failing which will provide the manager’s critics with further ammunition. Alaba had whistled a second-minute free-kick just wide of Forde’s right post to serve warning of their intent and the keeper was left cruelly exposed nine minutes later as Austria took the lead. Zlatko Junuzovic caught central defender Ciaran Clark in possession and headed into the box before squaring for Harnik, whose first touch and deft finish gave Forde no chance. Ireland’s attempts to drag themselves back into the game were tame with James McClean, who had prospered early on, finding himself confronted by two men every time he received the ball. However, the Austrians having benefited from Ireland’s generosity, returned the favour when central defender Emanuel Pogatetz misread Shane Long’s intentions inside the box and brought him down. Referee Marijo Strahonja pointed straight to the spot and with no Robbie Keane in the side, Walters stepped forward to smash the penalty low to keeper Heinz Lindner’s right to level. Shane Long was desperately unfortunate not to give his team a 38th-minute lead when he cheekily back-heeled McClean’s cross towards goal, but saw his effort come back off the foot of the post with Lindner beaten. However, Trapattoni’s men did go ahead in first-half injury time when Walters got ahead of marker Christian Fuchs to head firmly home. The home side might have increased their lead twice within seconds after the break when Lindner managed to keep the ball out of his net after McClean’s 67th-minute cross was bundled towards his own goal by one of his defenders amid a melee in front of him, with Marc Wilson heading wide from the resulting corner. But Ireland dropped ever deeper as the game crept towards the final whistle and although they enjoyed a let-off when Harnik headed weakly at Forde with a minute of normal time remaining, the respite proved temporary. Alaba picked up possession 20 yards out and smashed an unstoppable shot high into the net to break Irish hearts.
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-9 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) is barreling toward a marquee match-up against No. 8 Michigan State.After pushing to the postseason with a seven-game winning streak, expectations for Wisconsin are high going into Thursday’s game against their second top 10 opponent in a week.Wisconsin’s momentum sped up from the beginning of the season, but Michigan State presents a challenge the Badgers haven’t seen since their last meeting with the Spartans.“[Physical] is how our games have always been,” University of Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard said. “They’ve been physical. They’ve been battles. Regardless of teams’ records, regardless of the past games leading up to that game.”Despite the clear increase in the level of Wisconsin’s play, Michigan State also has continued to assert their dominance over conference opponents. The Spartans are coming off a 69-88 win over No. 22 Indiana and maintained a 13-game winning streak earlier in the season until falling to the No.4 Iowa Hawkeyes in December.Gard affirmed the key to the Badgers’ success over Michigan Sate is going to be consistency in fundamentals, similar to Saturday’s win over No. 2 Maryland.“When the other team is better defensively, you succumb to worse shots than you were normally taking, so you have to find a way and play the percentages, so to speak, where you can be consistent,” Gard said. “Can we consistently take care of the ball and get good shots each time, make sure we are good in transition defensively, make sure we are good on the defensive backboard and blocking out?”With Wisconsin’s 3-point percentage climbing, the Badgers’ use of 3-pointers has been steady and effective in recent play. But Gard insists that dependence can not lie only in the hands of the 3-point shot.“We try not to be dependent on [3-pointers],” Gard said. “That’s why we have tried to really emphasize touching the post and getting to the free-throw line, and making sure we are defensively sound. There will be nights where the ball, for whatever reason, doesn’t go in.”Junior Nigel Hayes will be key to the Badgers’ success against Michigan State. Hayes’ role as a strong offensive player has already been established, but his role in the team’s defense is increasingly important to the smoothness and execution of the team. If Hayes can come out Thursday and play with what Gard describes as “unselfishness” in his defense, Gard’s plan to “muddy the water and have a rock fight” against Michigan State will be legitimized.As the Badgers move into preparation for Thursday’s game, Gard has one thing to say to the players:“Hey, do your job.”