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Austria begin Group 4 with a win in Albania

Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 23.00CET
Albania 0-1 Austria
The visitors opened their Group 4 qualifying campaign with a victory in Vlora thanks to Husaj Elseid's second-half own goal.
by Lysien Nurishmi
from Flamurtari
Austria begin Group 4 with a win in Albania
Marcel Ziegl (right) vies for possession against Albania on Wednesday ©Lysien Nurishmi

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Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 23.00CET

Austria begin Group 4 with a win in Albania

Albania 0-1 Austria
The visitors opened their Group 4 qualifying campaign with a victory in Vlora thanks to Husaj Elseid's second-half own goal.

Austria opened their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4 campaign with a 1-0 win against Albania.

Husaj Elseid's own goal nine minutes into the second half proved to be the difference between the two sides as Austria set out on the road to the Czech Republic with a win in Vlora. Albania will now have their work cut out to qualify having lost their opening three games in the section.

Austria started the match on the front foot with Marcel Ziegl bringing a fine save out of S.S. Lazio goalkeeper Thoma Strakosha in the 11th minute. The teams traded chances in a tight first half but neither side was able to make the breakthrough until after the break, when substitute Robert Žulj's strike was deflected into his own net by Elseid.

Another substitute, Enis Kavazaj then had an effort blocked as the hosts went in search of an equaliser. Indeed, Mario Morina almost earned them a point with just three minutes remaining but goalkeeper Christoph Riegler was at his best to ensure Wolfgang Luisser's side made the perfect start in Group 4.

Austria are next in action at home to Spain on 5 September before Albania play the same opponents in Logrono four days later.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.23CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Austria

Austria

1
StrakoshaThoma Strakosha (GK)
1
RieglerChristoph Riegler (GK)
2
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani
4
ZieglMarcel Ziegl
3
MatoshiShpend Matoshi
5
NeuholdFlorian Neuhold
5
GjokajValentin Gjokaj
7
SabitzerMarcel Sabitzer
Yellow Card83
Substitution85
6
BunjakuImran Bunjaku (C)
8
HolzhauserRaphael Holzhauser (C)
Substitution76
7
ShalaHerolind Shala
Substitution65
9
HintereggerMartin Hinteregger
8
TaipiGjelbrim Taipi
Yellow Card31
Substitution46
11
OffenbacherDaniel Offenbacher
9
F. HoxhaFabio Hoxha
Yellow Card71
15
WimmerKevin Wimmer
Yellow Card75
11
NezirajHaxhi Neziraj
Substitution56
16
SchöpfAlessandro Schöpf
Substitution46
14
AbaziLeonit Abazi
Yellow Card43
17
FarkasPatrick Farkas
20
HysajElseid Hysaj
Goal54
19
StögerKevin Stöger

Substitutes

12
TeqjaAldo Teqja (GK)
21
RadlingerSamuel Radlinger (GK)
4
PrençiElvis Prençi
3
SchillingChristian Schilling
10
BathaIdriz Batha
6
T. KainzTobias Kainz
15
MorinaMario Morina
Substitution56
10
ŽuljRobert Žulj
Substitution46
16
MuskajArben Muskaj
14
KainzFlorian Kainz
Substitution85
17
GavazajEnis Gavazaj
Substitution65
18
SpendlhoferLukas Spendlhofer
18
HasaniEdon Hasani
Substitution46
20
SchaubLouis Schaub
Substitution76

Coach

Skënder Gega (ALB) Wolfgang Luisser (AUT)

Referee

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Aleksei Lebedev (RUS), Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Egorov (RUS)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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