WATCH: Joe Allen scores a thunderbolt as Wales take on Austria

Wales are in Ireland's group

Wales, Joe Allen,

Wales' Joe Allen celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Joe Ledley (left) during the World Cup Qualifying match at the Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna. Picture by: John Walton / PA Wire/Press Association Images

As Ireland toiled in the first-half against Georgia, group rivals Wales were taking a 2-1 lead into half-time in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in Austria.

And they had Joe Allen to thank for a spectacular goal.

The Stoke midfielder recently scored an equaliser against Manchester United and resurrected a reputation dampened by his time at Liverpool when he proved a crucial part of Wales' Euro 2016 squad that reached a historic semi-final. 

Allen's finish against Austria is as good as it gets: