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        Arnautović penalty seals vital Austria win

        2024/06/21 19:09

        Austria impressed in a vital 3-1 victory over Poland in which Ralf Rangnick's side played some superb attacking football.

        Action: After an electric start, Austria took an early lead in Berlin when Feyenoord defender Gernot Trauner. The move began with a long throw that eventually led to Phillipp Mwene crossing from the left for Trauner to finish.

        Ralf Rangnick's team looked likely to take a lead but were pegged back with a half hour gone when Krzysztof Piatek pounced on a rebound to place the ball past Patrick Pentz as the Poles started to gain momentum.

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        The game was finely poised at half time but it was Das Team who put in a superb second-half shift to seal a well-earned three points.

        The second period began with plenty of tackles going in while Poland were able to at last bring Robert Lewandowski on with an hour gone in the game.

        But just a few minutes after the striker's introduction, Austria took the lead again. 

        Marko Arnautović won't get an assist for the goal (that will be awarded to Alexander Prass) but his dummy helped Chris Baumgartner find space. The RB Leipzig man then finished well with Wojciech Szczesny stranded in goal.

        From that point on, Austria dominated positions, taking advantage of Poland's need to attack with fast, high-energy counterattacks.

        Austria made it 3-1 from the penalty spot when Marcel Sabitzer was played through on goal. The midfielder was one-on-one with Szczesny and was then fouled by the goalkeeper as he attempted to go around him.

        Arnautović stepped up to take the spot-kick and slotted the ball low into the right corner as Szczesny (yellow-carded for his foul) dived the wrong way.

        After that third goal, Austria had chances to score more. Stefan Posch fired a fierce effort with his left foot from distance that forced a fine spot while Konrad Laimer also managed to go around Szczesny late on but couldn't get his effort on target.

        Man of the Match: Marcel Sabitzer showed his class through the game and was one of the main creative outlets for Austria. He was quick to pounce and go through on goal to win the penalty that made it 3-1 and effectively killed off the game.

        Big Picture: This result is huge for Austria, who keep their chances of qualifying alive. The performance was also incredibly impressive and will give Rangnick's team plenty of confidence going into the final game. Meanwhile, Poland could exit the tournament should France defeat the Dutch.

        xG: Poland (1.76) 1-3 (2.06) Austria





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        2024-06-21 21h12m by eyoungs8
        As a fan of the Austrian team, I have to say that was an impressive performance! Our attackers were on fire and Ralf Rangnick's tactics were spot on. Great goal by Gernot Trauner and a well-deserved win. Let's keep this momentum going!
        2024-06-21 20h53m by edavidson
        The move started with a long ball from the back that found Christoph Baumgartner, who cut inside and finished with a low shot.

        As an Austria fan, I am absolutely ecstatic with our team's performance against Poland! Rangnick's side played some brilliant attacking football, especially in the second half. Despite a slight scare when Poland equalized, we never gave up and secured a well-deserved 3-1 victory. It's great to see the likes of Trauner and Baumgart
        2024-06-21 20h21m by l_10_brownfield

        Well done Austria! What a performance! The enthusiasm and determination shown by Ralf Rangnick's side was incredible. We dominated the game and deserved that win.
        2024-06-21 19h43m by dnelsons
        The goal was a result of a quick counter attack that saw Christoph Baumgartner play in Adrian Grbic to score.

        Brilliant performance from Austria, especially in the second half. The attacking football was a joy to watch. Ralf Rangnick has really got this team playing with confidence and it showed in this crucial victory. Great job by Trauner and Mwene for the first goal, and Grbic's finish was clinical. Keep it up, boys!
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        U Friday, 21 June 2024 - 17:00
        Olympiastadion Berlin
        Halil Umut Meler
        Krzysztof Piatek 30'
        Gernot Trauner 9'
        Chris Baumgartner 66'
        Marko Arnautovic 78' (pen.)
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