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Thirteenth meeting for Belgium and Austria

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 21.45CET
Over 30 years after their most recent meeting in Vienna, Belgium meet Austria for a 13th time, with both UEFA EURO 2012 contenders hoping that an unlucky number will augur well.
Thirteenth meeting for Belgium and Austria
Few Belgium players will recall their nation's last meeting with Austria ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BelgiumAustria

Goals scored21
 
16
Total attempts181
 
121
Attempts on target71
 
43
Attempts off target84
 
66
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork2
 
2
Corners73
 
37
Offsides15
 
19
Yellow cards16
 
13
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed161
 
126
Fouls suffered110
 
127
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 21.45CET

Thirteenth meeting for Belgium and Austria

Over 30 years after their most recent meeting in Vienna, Belgium meet Austria for a 13th time, with both UEFA EURO 2012 contenders hoping that an unlucky number will augur well.

A good percentage of the players due to contest the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A qualifier between Belgium and Austria were not even born the last time the sides met, with this their 13th encounter overall.

Match background
• Belgium's record in 12 games against Austria reads W1 D2 L9 (W1 D1 L5 at home).

• The most recent meetings between the two nations – and indeed their only competitive fixtures – came in qualifying for the 1980 UEFA European Championship. The first of those ended 1-1 in Brussels, with goalscorers René Vandereycken and Hans Krankl both going on to coach their countries. The return game in Vienna on 2 May 1979 ended 0-0.

• Before that, Belgium finally ended their long wait for a first triumph against Austria on 22 March 1978, prevailing 1-0 in Charleroi. They had lost their previous nine matches against Austria, the first of them a 4-3 home defeat in Liege on 13 December 1925.

• Belgium's worst two results against Austria have both come in Brussels, a 6-1 loss on 11 December 1932 preceding an 8-1 reverse on 14 October 1951, two days shy of exactly 59 years before their upcoming meeting.

Last updated: 10/10/10 16.38CET

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