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Conceded 3 goals in the 3 games, was faultless to any of them. Made some decent stops and was commanding enough round the area. 7
A high work rate and solid defensively, offered little in the attacking third though in the 2 appearances he made. 6
May of caught the eye with some sound defensive performances, although will need to do better with hi distribution. 7
Used as a replacement for Prodl in the final game and only lasted 55 mins, wasn’t good enough. 4
Had it not been for his lack of discipline in the …

Years of preparation went into organising Euro 2008, but as we get to the business end of the tournament, the hosts and the two set of home nations fans will now have to watch whilst the remaining European countries fight it out to be champions. Austria’s galliant effort ended when they were edged out 1-0, although it should of been more comprehensive a score, by the ordinary looking Germans who booked a mouthwatering quarter final clash with Portugal.
Josef Hickersberger highlighted on this blog that Michael Ballack would be the danger man …

More in hope than expectation the co hosts prepare for a must win game with Germany. In truth they will be pleased to of made it thus far and still be in with a shout of making the knock out stages. Not many though will give them a hope of pulling off a victory against the early favourites Germany, despite their lackluster effort against Croatia. Michael Ballack will lead his team out knowing a draw will send them through, Austria need all 3 points, and hope Poland don’t better them …

Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss tonight’s clash against co-hosts Austria through suspension after a push on Croatia’s Jarko Leko. The tie will decide who will qualify behind Croatia in second place and go on to play an impressive looking Portugal in the quarter-final.
Two of the injured trio have recovered from knocks picked up in the previous match but Marcell Jansen remains sidelined. Philip Lahm and Lukas Podolski have recovered and will almost definitely keep their starting places, although Podolski is expected to partner Miroslav Klose up front after Mario Gomez failed …

Co Hosts Austria were given the latest of lifelines to stay in the Euro 2008 competition, thanks to the intervention of the only Englishman on view. English referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot deep into stoppage time to leave both Austria and Poland still with ambitions for the knock out stages. Croatia’s surprise victory over favourites Germany means there is still a 3 horse race for the second qualifying spot.
Austria will be bhoyed by Croatia’s display knowing that the Germans are not the invincible team everyone had first thought, …

After their defeat against Croatia, which saw their chances of qualifying from Group B start to slip away from their hands, a brewery from Vienna promised a free lifelong beer supply to any hosts’ player that scores a goal in the remaining two group matches. One of these matches was yesterday’s match against Poland, and the lucky player to get free beer for life is Vastic. The brewery is called Ottakringer Brauerei AG. Austria’s chances of qualifying are still remote even though they got their first point in Euro 2008 …

Match Highlights
Second Half

Austria 1 – 1 Poland
Austria have fought hard all the match to find a penalty in the dying minutes just like Turkey beat Switzerland in the 92 minute. Austria have levelled the match in the 92 minute from Vastic and there is practically no time left for Poland to snatch an unlikely winner. However, Austria may count themselves ‘stupid’ after failing to take the lead on numerous occasions in the early periods of the first half. Austria looked better than their performance against shining Croatia and they looked strong mentally …

With Co hosts Switzerland having the disappointing tag of being the first team eliminated, Austria will have their work cut out, to avoid an unwanted double (A record maybe?), both Co Hosts elinated not only from the group stages but also with a game still to play!
 Its sure to be a tight affair with the Poles, as a defeat for either team would spell defeat. A draw would leave a near impossible scenario for Austria, the Polish would have to beat Croatia and so would be the happier. But with …

The only people happy after this game would of been a small section of Tottenham Hotspur fans after seeing a relativley impressive display from new boy Luka Modric. Austrians would of hoped for more from the co hosts, they huffed and puffed but failed to fire. Croatians would of expected a much more comfortable afternoon against the lowest ranked side in the Euro’s. 
 Modric himself wasn’t at his best, but in a lacklustre Croatian side he shone, the extent of their excurstions though were all to plain to see as a host of Slaven Bilic’s …