Austria vs Poland
Thursday, 12th June at 20.45
If Poland don't beat Austria, then Croatia will be
group winners. A win for Austria and the co-hosts will be nicely set up for their showdown
with Germany, and Poland will be out; a big game for both teams.
The first shot of the game fell to Austria, after five minutes, but it
was as wide as the River Danube.
The co-hosts missed another great chance to take the lead, five
minutes later, followed by another fine save from Artur Boruc in the 13th minute.
Austria continued to push forward in waves but Poland managed to
weather the storm for almost half an hour, thanks to the sharpness of their Celtic
Then brazilian-born Roger Guerreiro helped Poland off the ropes and
delivered a sucker punch; jabbing in the loose ball, after Marek Saganowski's effort was
For all their missed chances, Austria will be wondering how they go
into the dressing room a goal down.
Half-time - 0:1
It was no surprise that Mariusz Jop was replaced at half-time. Even
though Poland didn't concede a goal, he did look like a headless chicken.
With an hour gone,Poland looked very much in control and Jurgen Macho
was called upon to make a double save.
Austria then made a double substitution - Ivica Vastic and Roman
Kienast on for Andreas Ivanschitz and Roland Linz - to try and wrestle back something from
Sebastien Prodl's second yellow card of the tournament, in the 73rd
minute, means he'll miss the Austria vs Germany game.
Austria didn't really have much to offer in the second-half, but that
didn't stop Leo Beenhakker making defensive substitutions for the final minutes of the
Austria were given a lifeline in injury time when Howard Webb awarded
them a penalty for shirt-pulling.
Ivica Vastic blasted the ball past Artur Boruc; to become the oldest
ever Euro Finals scorer.
Austria now need to beat Germany to reach the quarter-finals,
while the Germans only need a draw. Croatia go through as Group B Winners.
Austria 1 - Poland 1
0:1 - Roger Guerreiro (30)
1:1 - Ivica Vastic (92pen)
21 Jurgen Macho; 3 Martin Stranzl, 4 Emanuel Pogatetz, 14 Gyorgy Garics, 15 Sebastien
Prodl; 10 Andreas Ivanschitz, 6 Rene Aufhauser, 11 Umit Korkmaz, 8 Christoph Leitgeb; 9
Roland Linz, 20 Martin Harnik.
1 Artur Boruc; 6 Jacek Bak, 14 Michal Zewlakow, 2 Mariusz Jop, 13 Marcin Wasilewski; 8
Jacek Krzynowek, 18 Mariusz Lewandowski, 5 Dariusz Dudka, 20 Roger Guerreiro; 7 Ebi
Smolarek, 11 Marek Saganowski.
Howard Webb (England)
46 Mins - 4 Pawel Golanski on for 2 Mariusz Jop
64 Mins - 7 Ivica Vastic on for 10 Andreas Ivanschitz
64 Mins - 18 Roman Kienast on for 9 Roland Linz
74 Mins - 19 Jürgen Säumel on for 6 Rene Aufhauser
83 Mins - 17 Wojciech Lobodzinski on for 11 Marek Saganowski
85 Mins - 19 Rafal Murawski on for 20 Roger Guerreiro
5 Yellow Cards:
56 Mins - Umit Korkmaz (Austria)
58 Mins - Marcin Wasilewski (Poland)
62 Mins - Jacek Krzynowek (Poland)
73 Mins - Sebastien Prodl (Austria) - Misses next game.
93 Mins - Jacek Bak (Poland)
Croatia vs Germany