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Harnik eager to hone his skills

Published: Monday 16 June 2008, 19.50CET
Martin Harnik admits he has "plenty to learn" from the other strikers at UEFA EURO 2008™ as he looks to become a hero in Austria's Group B decider against Germany.
by Michael Fiala
from Stegersbach
Harnik eager to hone his skills
Martin Harnik (left) has played in both of Austria's Group B games ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

AustriaGermany

Goals scored1
 
10
Total attempts41
 
62
Attempts on target14
 
24
Attempts off target20
 
27
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners21
 
26
Offsides1
 
17
Yellow cards8
 
7
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed52
 
93
Fouls suffered50
 
100
 
Published: Monday 16 June 2008, 19.50CET

Harnik eager to hone his skills

Martin Harnik admits he has "plenty to learn" from the other strikers at UEFA EURO 2008™ as he looks to become a hero in Austria's Group B decider against Germany.

Martin Harnik knows he has "plenty to learn" from the other strikers at UEFA EURO 2008™ as he looks to become a hero in Austria's Group B decider against Germany on Monday.

Striking impression
The forward has struck twice in ten international appearances and would love to grab his first UEFA EURO 2008™ goal when the co-hosts face their arch-rivals in Vienna. The key may be for him to pick up tips from some of the other great strikers in action at the tournament, and the youngster admits he has been a keen observer since the start of the competition. "The strikers at the EURO have really impressed me very much with how consistent they are in front of goal," said Harnik, who was born in Germany to an Austrian father. "I still have plenty to learn from them."

Bremen team-mates
The Werder Bremen player could be up against club-mates Per Mertesacker, Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski in the game, where victory would propel Austria into the last eight at the expense of Joachim Löw's side providing Poland do not beat Croatia convincingly in the other game. "We have not been in contact yet, but maybe we will talk by telephone [before]," the 21-year-old told euro2008.com. He feels that the tie at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion may be won and lost in the opening stages. "I think the Germans will do everything they can to go into the lead early to ease the pressure on themselves," he said.

Improving side
If Austria can stop that happening, a notable result may be on the cards, but if Harnik is to be a hero, he will need to sharpen his shooting, having passed up a couple of gilt-edged chances in the 1-1 draw with Poland. However, he sees reason for optimism, with Austria seemingly getting stronger with every game. "We played very nervously in the first 30 minutes against Croatia," he said of the 1-0 opening-game defeat. "Things were a lot better in the second game against Poland."

Last updated: 16/06/08 16.33CET

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