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Austria Wien rally to thwart AZ

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 22.53CET
FK Austria Wien 2-2 AZ Alkmaar
Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom put the Dutch side firmly on top, but Manuel Ortlechner and Nacer Barazite struck to deny them a Group G win.
Austria Wien rally to thwart AZ
Nacer Barazite under pressure from AZ's Simon Poulsen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Austria WienAZ

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners2
 
5
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group G

PPts
1FC Metalist Kharkiv Metalist410
2AZ Alkmaar AZ46
3FK Austria Wien Austria Wien45
4Malmö FF Malmö40
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 22.53CET

Austria Wien rally to thwart AZ

FK Austria Wien 2-2 AZ Alkmaar
Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom put the Dutch side firmly on top, but Manuel Ortlechner and Nacer Barazite struck to deny them a Group G win.

FK Austria Wien fought back for a share of the points in UEFA Europa League Group G after AZ Alkmaar let a two-goal lead slip.

AZ recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to secure a 2-2 draw when these sides met on matchday three, and this game proved an eerie mirror image of that fixture. Goals from Swedish pair Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom put the visitors firmly on top at the break, but Manuel Ortlechner and Nacer Barazite struck in quick succession to set up a frenzied finale.

The Dutch league leaders went ahead on 19 minutes after Georg Margreitter was penalised for a handball; Elm sent Heinz Lindner the wrong way with a calm finish to the left. Dutch striker Barazite looked to spearhead a comeback, but Austria remained vulnerable. Roy Beerens will wonder how he failed to score after Adam Maher pulled the ball back to him in the box.

That miss was forgotten when Wernbloom got his head to an Elm corner a minute before the break, but Karl Daxbacher's decision to bring on Michael Liendl and Roland Linz proved inspired. Both played a part in Ortlechner's goal, with the Austria captain finishing on 58 minutes after Esteban Alvarado spilled Linz's point-blank shot. Three minutes later, the goalkeeper fumbled Tomáš Jun's powerful strike and Barazite thumped his side level.

It could have gone either way thereafter. Barazite fired across goal from the left, and Jozy Altidore shot straight at Lindner at the other end before Alvarado's nerves received another jolt, the Costa Rican producing a crucial save when Liendl's free-kick curled menacingly inside his right-hand post. Beerens had a shot charged down by Markus Suttner and another saved as AZ finished strongly.

Last updated: 15/12/11 23.28CET

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Lineups

austria wien

Austria Wien

az

AZ

13
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
34
EstebanEsteban (GK)
3
MargreitterGeorg Margreitter
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
Yellow Card53
7
KleinFlorian Klein
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
10
A. GrünwaldAlexander Grünwald
Substitution58
8
MaherAdam Maher
11
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution88
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
14
OrtlechnerManuel Ortlechner (C)
Goal58
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
16
JunuzovicZlatko Junuzovic
Yellow Card63
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Goal44
Yellow Card69
17
MaderFlorian Mader
Yellow Card74
17
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution87
20
GorgonAlexander Gorgon
Substitution46
20
ElmRasmus Elm (C)
Goal19
29
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
39
BaraziteNacer Barazite
Goal61
27
HolmanBrett Holman
Substitution68

Substitutes

1
P. GrünwaldPascal Grünwald (GK)
21
HeijblokErik Heijblok (GK)
6
HlinkaPeter Hlinka
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
9
LinzRoland Linz
Substitution46
10
FalkenburgErik Falkenburg
18
LiendlMichael Liendl
Substitution58
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
Substitution68
19
StankovicMarko Stankovic
Substitution88
28
LamThomas Lam
22
LeovacMarin Leovac
32
WijnaldumGiliano Wijnaldum
27
DilaverEmir Dilaver
35
BenschopCharlison Benschop
Substitution87

Coach

Karl Daxbacher (AUT) Gertjan Verbeek (NED)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Pascal Vileo (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Wilfried Bien (FRA)

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