EURO 2020 Austria [r]

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  1. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia*, Latvia

    How to advance:
    1. Top two group finishers qualify for Europe
    2. Group winners from the Nations League guaranteed themselves at least a playoff spot.
    3. Groups without such nations (Macedonia in this group) or in which the group winners advance via the top two places send the third place team.

    So the top two will advance from this group.
     
  2. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Austria 0 - 1 Poland

    Bad to lose the first match of qualifying at home, but probably best that it was to Poland. Israel and Slovenia tied, which is a favorable result for Austria, I'd say.
     
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  3. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Israel 4 - 2 Austria

    No points from the first two matches puts Austria behind the eight ball. Will need to win at home against Israel and really can’t afford any more missteps. Very tough road to qualifying now.
     
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  4. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Austria 1 - 0 Slovenia

    North Macedonia 1 - 4 Austria

    Six important points this week have Austria righting the ship somewhat. They're now in third, one point behind Israel, and face point-less Latvia next.

    There will be no catching Poland which has a perfect record so far, but Austria might even finish the first round of opponents in the second qualifying spot.

    Critical matches ahead are the two in October, home to Israel and at Slovenia.
     
  5. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    IOWA
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Group G
    Won Draws Lost GD Points
    Poland 4 0 0 8 12
    Israel 2 1 1 1 7
    Austria 2 0 2 1 6
    Slovenia 1 2 1 4 5
    North Macedonia 1 1 2 -2 4
    Latvia 0 0 4 -12 0

    Sept Games
    9/5 Israel - Macedonia
    9/6 Austria - Latvia
    9/6 Slovenia - Poland
    9/9 Poland -
    Austria
    9/9 Slovenia - Israel
    9/9 Latvia - Macedonia
     
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  6. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Austria 6 - 0 Latvia

    Big win over last-place Latvia puts Austria into second place in the group. Israel only drew at home to North Macedonia, and Poland lost at Slovenia. As a result, Austria actually boasts the best goal-difference in the group.
     
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  7. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    IOWA
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Poland 0 - 0 Austria

    Earning a point at top-placed Poland would be considered a coup, but in this case, I think Austria might be disappointed, as they outshot Poland 14-5 and had almost 2/3 possession. Slovenia beat Israel to leap into second place.
     
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  9. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Austria 3 - 1 Israel

    Another good result for Austria that propelled them into second place. Slovenia lost at Macedonia, so those two countries are two points back. Next two matches in Slovenia and home to Macedonia are huge.
     
  10. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Slovenia 0 - 1 Austria

    Huge result for Austria which almost guarantees a top-two group finish. Now a five-point lead over both Macedonia and Slovenia with two rounds remaining. Next is a home match against Macedonia where a draw could clinch it.
     
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  11. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Austria 2 - 1 Macedonia

    Celebrations in Vienna as Austria secured second place and qualification for Euro 2020!

    The match really wasn’t as close as the final score. Alaba put the Austrians up early, and they added a second right after halftime. Macedonia had some chances in the final 15 minutes, but the fact that they needed three goals deflated the drama. They did cut the lead with the last action of the match. Hardly a break in the Austrian celebrations before the final whistle sounded and 40k+ fans went home happy.
     
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  12. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Latvia 1 - 0 Austria

    With qualification secured, Austria featured only one starter from the previous match. Even so, they can't be happy losing to Latvia, which hadn't earned a single point the entire campaign.

    Oh well, on to Euro 2020, where Austria has been placed in Pot 3 for the draw.
     
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