Austria Gifts Germany All Three World Cup Qualifying Points


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Germany midfielder SAMI KHEDIRA (6) of Spanish La Liga champion Real Madrid, the 25-year-old former Vfb Stuttgart defensive specialist who came under fire earlier this summer for publically justifying his refusal to sing the national anthem prior to an international contest, seeks to disposses Austria midfielder ANDREAS IVANSCHITZ (6) of German Bundesliga FSV 05 Mainz during the FIFA World Cup, Group 3 qualification match at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna.
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A pair of goals within eight minutes of one another on either side of the halftime whistle proved to be enough for the visitors but the hosts were extremely unfortunate not to earn a share of the spoils for themselves as GERMANY fending off late-charging AUSTRIA 2-1 in the entertaining Group 3 qualification match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.

Attacker MARTIN HARNIK, who shot 17 goals for Swabian club Vfb Stuttgart in the German top flight last term and was a consistent threat to the visitors in the first half, had a great chance to give Austria the early lead against a Germany national team which has defeated its southeastern Alpine neighbors seven times in succession after central defender MATS HUMMEL of two-time defending German Bundesliga titlist Borussia Dortmund had given the ball away cheaply but the 25-year-old could not find the target.

Bayern Munich winger THOMAS MUELLER, the leading scorer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final tournament in South Africa who is only days away from his 23rd birthday, generated a shot that was turned away by Austria first choice ROBERT ALMER of newly-promoted German Bundesliga outfit Fortuna Duesseldorf in the tenth minute and, roughly another ten minutes on, had a very dangerous header that the diving Pink Panther did rather well to push around his right-hand post.

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Austria goalkeeper ROBERT ALMER (1) of newly-promoted German Bundesliga side Fortuna Duesseldorf, forever known as the Pink Panther here at this blog for his efforts with FK Austria Vienna in the always-exciting Wiener Derby, turns away Germany winger THOMAS MUELLER of Bayern Munich during the FIFA World Cup, Group 3 match at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna.
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The most experienced player in the Austrian line-up, midfielder ANDREAS IVANSCHITZ of German Bundesliga side FSV 05 Mainz, had a good opportunity but his effort was challenged by Bayern Munich defender HOLGER BADSTUBER and ultimately blooped up and over both Germany goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich as well as the far post with five minutes remaining in the closely-contested first half.

Shortly thereafter, the Germans netted to instantly deflate most of the 47,000 spectators on hand at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion. A fine ball into space from veteran striker MIROSLAV KLOSE of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome, the aging 34-year-old who otherwise made little impression in this World Cup tie with neighboring Austria, afforded emerging Borussia Dortmund winger MARCO REUS a run into the penalty area. The desperate Almer did get a hand to the low, pinpoint laser but could not prevent Germany from assuming the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.

A third goal on an eleven appearance in the colors of Deutschland, then, for Reus, the emerging offensive threat for whom the reigning two-time defending Bundesliga champions paid a reported 17.1 million Euros to Borussia Moenchengladbach this off-season summer to acquire.

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The Germans doubled their advantage just seven minutes into the second half when the menacing Mueller was illegally treated in the penalty area by midfielder VELI KAVLAK of Turkish side AS Trabzonspor. Real Madrid legionnaire MESUT OEZIL, who got his name on the scoresheet twice last Friday in a 3-0 triumph over the Faroe Islands that started Germany’s World Cup march to Brazil, slotted home with a world-class spot kick into the side netting. The unlucky Almer, it should be noted, guessed correctly and gave it his all with a full stretch.

The underdog Austrians might have elected to pack up the tent early against a country they have defeated exactly twice in the past eighty or so years but this certainly did not prove to be the case as a courageous counterattack quickly ensued and would be sustained until the very end.

Winger MARKO ARNAUTOVIC, who was bought by Werder Bremen from Dutch club FC Twente Enschede for a transfer fee of 6.5 million Euros in the summer of 2010, soon wriggled free into the box on the right and produced a driven cross that on-rushing German Bundesliga teammate ZLATKO JUNUZOVIC, the midfielder who was signed by die Werderaner from FK Austria Vienna for a fee of 800,000 Euros during the Winterpause last term, was able to re-direct past Neuer and delight the home fans in the 57th minute.

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Only time can tell how much the memorable miss of unfortunate winger MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (7), the one-time Inter Milan attacker who managed six goals in 19 Bundesliga contests for German club Werder Bremen last season, late in the match with Germany at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna and the subsequent loss of an almost certain point in the Group 3 standings will actually damage the Austrian effort to qualify for the FIFA World Cup final tournament to be hosted by Brazil in the summer of 2014.
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The Germans typically began to eat up chunks of time thereafter by playing a bit of keep away for a good spell but an energized Austria continued to hang in.

It looked as if Arnautovic, all alone at the far post, would surely score at close range following a cross from the left delivered by substitute JAKOB JANTSCHER of Russian club Dynamo Moscow with only a couple of minutes remaining until the final whistle … but the ball conspired to cruelly hit a bump in the pitch at the very last moment and screwed horribly wide off of the snake-bit shin of the 23-year-old Austrian winger, much to the relief of the exceptionally fortunate goalkeeper Neuer and the rest of his German constituents.

Arnautovic, who spent the entire 2009/10 campaign out on loan with the Italian Serie A side Inter Milan that eventually claimed the coveted UEFA Champions League crown that season, also had one late attempt to level for Austria but directed his shot straight at the former Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen and current Bayern Munich goalkeeper making his 33rd career appearance for Germany.

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The AUSTRIA national team poses for the traditional team photograph just prior to kick-off with Germany in the FIFA World Cup qualification match at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna :

back row (left to right) — Almer, Arnautovic, Pogatetz, Proedl, capt Fuchs, Ivanschitz
front row (left to right) — Garics, Kavlak, Baumgartlinger, Harnik, Junuzovic
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AUSTRIA
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goal — Robert ALMER (Fortuna Duesseldorf – Ger / 4 caps)

defense — Gyorgi GARICS (FC Bologna – Ita / 28 caps, 1 go), Emanuel POGATETZ (Vfl Wolfsburg – Ger / 49 caps, 2 go), Sebastien PROEDL (Werder Bremen – Ger / 35 caps, 3 go), Christian FUCHS (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen – Ger / 49 caps, 1 go)

def midfield — Julian BAUMGARTLINGER (FSV 05 Mainz – Ger / 23 caps, 0 go), Veli KAVLAK (JK Beskitas Istanbul – Turk / 19 caps, 1 go)

att midfield — Andreas IVANSCHITZ (FSV 05 Mainz – Ger / 57 caps, 10 go), Zlatko JUNUZOVIC (Werder Bremen – Ger / 21 caps, 3 go), Marko ARNAUTOVIC (Werder Bremen – Ger / 20 caps, 7 go)

striker — Martin HARNIK (Vfb Stuttgart – Ger / 31 caps, 7 go)

substitutes
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FW – Gudio BURGSTALLER (SK Rapid Vienna / 5 caps, 0 go)
for Harnik – 55th min
MF – Jakob JANTSCHER (Dynamo Moscow – Rus / 11 caps, 1 go)
for Ivanschitz – 75th min
FW – Marc JANKO (AS Trabzonspor – Turk / 28 caps, 11 go)
for Baumgartlinger – 85th min

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The Startelf for the national team of GERMANY pauses a moment for the traditional team photography just ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Group 3 qualification match with Austria at the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna :

back row (left to right) — Badstuber, Neuer, Klose, Kroos, Hummels, Khedira

front row (left to right) — capt Lahm, Schmelzer, Mueller, Reus, Oezil
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GERMANY
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goal — Manuel NEUER (Bayern Munich / 33 caps)

defense — Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich / 93 caps, 5 go), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund / 22 caps, 1 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 28 caps, 1 go), Marcel SCHMELZER (Borussia Dortmund / 8 caps, 0 go)

def midfield — Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 32 caps, 2 go), Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa / 35 caps, 2 go)

att midfield — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 35 caps, 10 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 41 caps, 12 go), Marco REUS (Borussia Dortmund / 11 caps, 3 go)

striker — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 124 caps, 64 go)

substitutes
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MF – Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 18 caps, 3 go)
for Reus – 46th min
MF – Lukas PODOLSKI (FC Arsenal – Eng / 103 caps, 44 go)
for Klose – 75th min

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