SI Staff
Thursday October 6th, 2016

Welsh Xavi strikes again. 

Joe Allen scored a tremendous goal for Wales in its World Cup qualifying match vs. Austria Thursday, lacing a volley from outside the area to open the scoring in a 2-2 draw. 

Chris Gunter's header after a failed Austria clearance bounced right up for an in-stride Allen, who connected with a perfect left-footed strike. The goal was matched by his Stoke City teammate Marko Arnautovic, but Wales re-took the lead on a Kevin Wimmer own goal just before halftime to seize the advantage after the opening half in Vienna.

Arnautovic struck again, though, three minutes into the second half, bringing the hosts back level at 2-2.

Wales and Austria are the favorites in Group D, which also includes the Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Georgia and Macedonia.

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