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Witsel double for Belgium beats Austria

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.24CET
Austria 0-2 Belgium
A goal early in each half from Axel Witsel earned Belgium their second win in Group A and put paid to the hosts' unbeaten start.
Witsel double for Belgium beats Austria
Austria's Martin Harnik (left) competes with Belgium's Axel Witsel ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AustriaBelgium

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
8
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
27
Fouls suffered27
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.24CET

Witsel double for Belgium beats Austria

Austria 0-2 Belgium
A goal early in each half from Axel Witsel earned Belgium their second win in Group A and put paid to the hosts' unbeaten start.

Axel Witsel scored twice as Belgium reinvigorated their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign by inflicting Austria's first defeat in Group A.

Austria's prospects of winning for the sixth competitive home game in succession were hit when the R. Standard de Liège midfielder headed Belgium in front early on. His second, five minutes into the second half, confirmed a victory which rarely seemed in doubt and one which lifts Georges Leekens' charges level on points with their second-placed opponents ahead of Tuesday's encounter with Azerbaijan.

Belgium dampened an expectant home crowd with the opener on six minutes as two Standard team-mates combined. Steven Defour's high ball into the penalty area seemed speculative at best but Witsel, with the Austria defence pushing out, emerged unmarked to beat outrushing goalkeeper Jürgen Macho to the ball.

Stung into action, Austria immediately went in search of the equaliser, with debutant Simon Mignolet in the visitors' goal twice coming to his team's aid. His first intervention − a smothering save − came when Daniel Van Buyten's clearance hit Zlatko Junuzović and set Marc Janko through on goal, while a few minutes later he tipped Ekrem Dağ's powerful long-range strike over the crossbar.

The Red Devils, however, always posed a threat on the break and after Nacer Chadli ended a patient move by firing into the side netting within seconds of the restart, Witsel claimed his and Belgium's second. Laurent Ciman was the provider, swinging over a deep cross which Witsel calmly chested down before rifling inside the near post.

Austria redoubled their efforts but, aside from substitute Yasin Pehlivan's low shot which skidded past Mignolet's right-hand post, Dietmar Constantini's team were muted as an attacking force. They will hope for an improvement when they play Turkey on Tuesday.

Last updated: 26/03/11 0.09CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Belgium

Belgium

1
MachoJürgen Macho (GK)
1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
2
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
2
CimanLaurent Ciman
4
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
3
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten (C)
5
FuchsChristian Fuchs
4
KompanyVincent Kompany
Yellow Card41
8
AlabaDavid Alaba
Substitution54
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
10
JunuzovicZlatko Junuzovic
Substitution69
6
SimonsTimmy Simons
11
ArnautovicMarko Arnautovic
7
ChadliNacer Chadli
13
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
8
DefourSteven Defour
14
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
9
OgunjimiMarvin Ogunjimi
Substitution80
19
HarnikMartin Harnik
10
WitselAxel Witsel
Goal6
Goal50
21
JankoMarc Janko (C)
Substitution54
11
DembéléMousa Dembélé

Substitutes

23
PayerHelge Payer (GK)
12
J. GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
6
Yasin PehlivanYasin Pehlivan
Substitution54
13
VossenJelle Vossen
9
HofferErwin Hoffer
14
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
15
OrtlechnerManuel Ortlechner
15
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
17
KleinFlorian Klein
16
HazardEden Hazard
18
KorkmazÜmit Korkmaz
Substitution69
17
MertensDries Mertens
22
MaierhoferStefan Maierhofer
Substitution54
18
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution80

Coach

Dietmar Constantini (AUT) Georges Leekens (BEL)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)

Fourth official

Vladimir Pettay (RUS)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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