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Belarus buckle under Austrian pressure

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.30CET
Austria 5-0 Belarus Hans Krankl's side keep qualifying hopes alive with stylish victory in Innsbruck.

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Goals scored5
 
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Yellow cards1
 
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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.30CET

Belarus buckle under Austrian pressure

Austria 5-0 Belarus Hans Krankl's side keep qualifying hopes alive with stylish victory in Innsbruck.

Austria turned on the style and kept their slim UEFA EURO 2004™ hopes alive with a 5-0 victory over Belarus in their Group 3 encounter in Innsbruck. A defeat to Moldova on Saturday had all but ended Austria's chances of catching the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, but this performance suggested anything but.

Aufhauser opener
The hosts started the game a little nervously but were eventually settled by René Aufhauser's opener on 32 minutes. "We were a little nervous in the first 20 minutes but then René got the goal and we loosened up a bit and found it easier to play our game," said Mario Haas after the game. "And then we got to 2-0 which made everything all the easier."

Second-half rout
It was Haas himself who initiated the second-half rout. The SK Sturm Graz striker scored only two minutes into the second half, as Austria began to play with increasing confidence. Midfield player Roland Kirchler added the third five minutes later to send the 8,100 home supporters into rapture.

Belarus struggle
It only got better for Austria coach Hans Krankl as young striker Roman Wallner added a fourth on 62 minutes, before Harald Cerny completed the scoring seven minutes later. More goals could have come in the final twenty minutes, as Belarus struggled to contain their rampant hosts. The result leaves them adrift at the bottom with Moldova, in competition to avoid the wooden spoon.

Krankl realistic
The victory moved the Austrians into third place in Group 5, but, with the Czech Republic beating Moldova 5-0, Krankl is ruling out any chance of qualification. "We are now where we belong and we proved that today," said Krankl. "But I am sorry, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic - forget it. Of course there is always room for a surprise, but I am a realist."

Last updated: 12/06/03 1.11CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Belarus

Belarus

1
MandlThomas Mandl (GK)
Substitution86
1
TumilovichGennadi Tumilovich (GK)
2
ScharnerPaul Scharner
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
3
EhmannAnton Ehmann
3
OstrovskiAndrei Ostrovski
4
DospelErnst Dospel
4
LukhvichAleksandr Lukhvich
5
StranzlMartin Stranzl
Substitution46
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk
Substitution66
6
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
Goal33
6
GurenkoSergei Gurenko (C)
7
CernyHarald Cerny
Goal70
7
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
Yellow Card87
8
FlögelThomas Flögel (C)
8
BelkevichValentin Belkevich
Substitution55
9
HaasMario Haas
Goal47
Substitution60
9
RomashchenkoMaksim Romashchenko
10
WagnerMichael Wagner
Yellow Card78
10
LavrikAndrei Lavrik
11
KirchlerRoland Kirchler
Goal53
11
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
PayerHelge Payer (GK)
Substitution86
12
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
13
HieblingerMario Hieblinger
Substitution46
13
KhrapkouskiAliaksandr Khrapkouski
Substitution66
18
WallnerRoman Wallner
Substitution60
Goal62
14
KovbaDenis Kovba
Substitution55
14
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
17
VasilyukRoman Vasilyuk
Substitution46
15
KovacevicBozo Kovacevic
15
ChumachenkoIhor Chumachenko
16
KatzerMarkus Katzer
16
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich
17
EderThomas Eder
18
TsygalkoYuri Tsygalko (GK)

Coach

Johann Hans Krankl (AUT) Edouard Malofeev (URS)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Ingemar Larsson (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

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