David Alaba netted the only goal of the game, as Austria all but ended the Republic of Ireland's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Giovanni Trapattoni's side in the Group C qualifier in Vienna.
Ireland are six points behind second-placed Sweden with two games to play, and, with an inferior goal difference and Austria to play Sweden in October in Solna, it would take a freak set of results for Ireland to take second spot.
Austria dominated the second half, and were rewarded for their endeavours when Alaba crashed the ball into the roof of the net in the 84th minute after Marc Wilson's mis-hit clearance from Christian Fuchs's low cross from the left dropped at his feet.
James McCarthy and Paul Green were impressive in the centre of midfield for Ireland, but eventually Alaba and Martin Harnik managed to exert their influence, and in the second half the home side looked by far the superior team.
Green made a goalline clearance from Marko Arnautovic's header in the 73rd minute, then Coleman charged down an effort from Harnik from almost his own line a minute later, but Ireland were unable to hold out as Alaba netted the goal that kept Austria's own hopes of qualification alive.
Third-placed Austria are three points behind Sweden with two games to go, but face Erik Hamren's side on October 11.
35' GOOD SAVE: Alaba glides past Dunne to run onto a Fuchs pass into the centre, but the Bayern Munich player's left-footed shot is well saved by Forde.
38' GOOD SAVE: Alaba cuts in from the left and his shot hits the ample backside of Dunne in the area, but the ball drops to Harnik. Ireland goalkeeper Forde is aware of the danger and is out quickly to block the Stuttgart midfielder's shot.
44' SUSPENSION: O'Shea bundles Weimann to the floor and gets a yellow card that will rule the Sunderland captain out of the Germany game in October.
60' SUSPENSION: Dunne gets a yellow card for handball when competing for the ball with Burgstaller. He too now misses the game in Cologne against Germany,
62' PENALTY SHOUT: Leitbeg maybe handles the ball from Pilkington's low cross from the left, but a second earlier Jon Walters had a very good shout for a penalty following a rash tackle from Dragovic.
65' BEST CHANCE OF THE GAME SO FAR: Fuchs get to the left byline and pulls the ball back to Weimann, but the unmarked Villa striker shoots straight at Forde.
67' PENALTY SHOUT: Coleman seems to push Alaba over in the box as the pair run onto a Weimann cross from the right, but the referee waves play on.
74' GOAL LINE CLEARANCE: Forde clears another corner with his fists, then Coleman charges down an effort from Harnick from almost his own line.
84' GOAL: David Alaba opens the scoring, crashing the ball into the roof of the net. Wilson could not get a clear connection on Fuchs's cross from the left as he attempted to clear and the Bayern Munich man lofts the ball over Forde.
TALKING POINT: Will he stay or will he be sacked? Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni says he still has a 100 per cent commitment to the job in an interview with Irish television, but also admits that his fate is in the hands of the FAI.
Austria have now won their last four home games, scoring 13 goals in the process.
Ireland have scored just one goal in their last five away games.
The defeat in Vienna brings to an end Giovanni Trapattoni's unbeaten away run in competitive matches. Before tonight, Ireland had won eight and drawn seven away games.
MAN OF THE MATCH
David Alaba (Austria) Once again the Bayern Munich player looked a class above his team-mates. Cool on the ball in midfield, spirited in the tackle, it was some performance from a man who plays left-back for his club side.
AUSTRIA: Almer 6, Garics 7, Dragovic 7, Prödl 7, Fuchs 8, Baumgartlinger 7, Kavlak 7, Harnik 8, Alaba 9, Burgstaller 8, Weimann 7. Subs. Arnautovic 7, Leitgeb 7, Janko 7.
IRELAND: Forde 6, Coleman 7, O'Shea 6, Dunne 6, Wilson 6, Walters 6, Green 7, McCarthy 7, Pilkington 7, Keane 6, Long 6. Subs. Clark 6, McClean 6, Sammon 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET