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Austria head into play-offs on a high

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.45CET
Austria 1-0 Iceland
Group 7 winners Austria needed an Aron Einar Gunnarsson own goal to overcome Iceland and earn their fourth victory in succession.


by Harald Saller
Austria head into play-offs on a high
Austria's supporters had further reason to cheer ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.45CET

Austria head into play-offs on a high

Austria 1-0 Iceland
Group 7 winners Austria needed an Aron Einar Gunnarsson own goal to overcome Iceland and earn their fourth victory in succession.


Group 7 winners Austria needed an Aron Einar Gunnarsson own goal to overcome Iceland in Schwaz and earn their fourth successive victory ahead of October's play-offs.

Early own-goal
Gunnarsson's mishap on six minutes ensured that Austria ended their eight-game campaign unbeaten, amassing 20 points to comfortably top the section. The home side were rewarded for their bright start when Veli Kavlak curled a corner kick into the Iceland penalty area where Gunnarsson turned Franz Schiemers' attempted shot into his own net. After the break, Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson and Arnor Smarason were both thwarted in their attempts to equalise by Austria goalkeeper Robert Olejnik. Hallgrímur Jónasson then rattled the crossbar with a 20-metre shot with five minutes to go, while the points were preserved in added time when substitute Mario Reiter cleared a final Iceland chance off the goalline.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.30CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Iceland

Iceland

1
OlejnikRobert Olejnik (GK)
1
IngasonThordur Ingason (GK)
5
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner
Yellow Card85
2
A. AdalsteinssonArnór Adalsteinsson
Substitution68
6
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
3
SkúlasonAri Skúlason
7
KleinFlorian Klein
Yellow Card83
4
EinarssonHeimir Einarsson
Yellow Card45
Substitution70
8
JunuzovicZlatko Junuzovic
Substitution90
5
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson (C)
15
SchiemerFranz Schiemer (C)
Goal7
6
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution46
16
SaurerChristoph Saurer
Substitution83
7
JónssonEggert Jónsson
17
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
8
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
18
SulimaniEmin Sulimani
Substitution64
9
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson
19
OkotieRubin Okotie
10
SmárasonArnór Smárason
20
ErbekHarun Erbek
11
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Yellow Card54

Substitutes

21
SiebenhandlUdo Siebenhandl (GK)
12
JonssonIngvar Jonsson (GK)
2
SchickerAndreas Schicker
13
GudmundssonJóhann Gudmundsson
Substitution46
3
MadlMichael Madl
Substitution64
14
ÁkasonJón Ákason
4
M. ReiterMario Reiter
Substitution90
15
HannessonThórir Hannesson
Substitution70
9
SikorskiDaniel Sikorski
Substitution83
16
ValgardssonHjörtur Valgardsson
11
DrazanChristopher Drazan
17
JúlíussonHeidar Geir Júlíusson
Substitution68
14
StanislawMichael Stanislaw
18
BaldvinssonGudjon Baldvinsson

Coach

Manfred Zsak (AUT) Luka Kostic (ISL)

Referee

Babak Guliyev (AZE)

Assistant referees

Ramiz Asadov (AZE), Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)

Fourth official

Zohrab Gadiyev (AZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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