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Zaragoza to test Austria mettle

Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 6.00CET
With the tie finely poised, Real Zaragoza will hope to maintain their excellent home form when FK Austria Wien visit.

Tournament statistics

ZaragozaAustria Wien

Goals scored15
 
13
Attempts on target14
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards15
 
19
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 6.00CET

Zaragoza to test Austria mettle

With the tie finely poised, Real Zaragoza will hope to maintain their excellent home form when FK Austria Wien visit.

A late Sávio Bortolini strike gave Real Zaragoza a crucial away goal in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie with FK Austria Wien, who had opened the scoring through Sigurd Rushfeldt's volley.

The clubs had already met once in this season's UEFA Cup, the Viennese side recording their first victory in eleven games against Spanish opposition, 1-0 on Matchday 2. Zaragoza will hope to exact revenge at La Romareda having won all four of their home matches in the competition this season.

In the 1970/71 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round, Austria lost 2-1 at home to Club Atlético de Madrid and 4-1 on aggregate. They managed a 2-2 home draw against Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup four seasons later, only to fall 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu.

In the quarter-finals of the same competition in 1982/83, Austria eliminated FC Barcelona on away goals following a 0-0 home draw and a 1-1 result at Camp Nou. Madrid were waiting in the last four, and duly progressed with a 3-1 home triumph after a 2-2 draw in Vienna.

Austria failed to record another impressive success against Barça in the second round of the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League, going down 3-0 away and 2-1 at home. In this season's UEFA Cup, though, Austria are unbeaten in their three matches against Primera División clubs.

In addition to that success against Zaragoza, they defeated Athletic Club Bilbao 2-1 on aggregate in the Round of 32. The first leg, postponed by a week due to snow, finished 0-0 and things did not look good for Austria in northern Spain when Francisco Yeste put Bilbao ahead. However, strikes from Libor Sionko in the 35th and 70th minutes sent them through to this stage.

Overall, Austria have only won two of their 13 games against Spanish clubs two of them coming in their last three meetings.

Last updated: 11/03/05 15.45CET

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