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Russia grasp control with first-leg win

Published: Sunday 21 October 2012, 20.48CET
Austria 0-2 Russia
Valentina Savchenkova and Natalia Shlyapina struck first-half goals to give the visitors a major advantage at the halfway stage of their play-off.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from NV Arena
Russia grasp control with first-leg win
Russia celebrate their second goal ©ÖFB

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Goals scored0
Attempts on target12
Attempts off target9
Fouls committed13
Yellow cards1
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Published: Sunday 21 October 2012, 20.48CET

Russia grasp control with first-leg win

Austria 0-2 Russia
Valentina Savchenkova and Natalia Shlyapina struck first-half goals to give the visitors a major advantage at the halfway stage of their play-off.

Russia took a major step towards qualifying for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 courtesy of first-half goals from Valentina Savchenkova and Natalia Shlyapina in Austria.

Sergei Lavrentyev's side adopted a counterattacking approach in St Polten and it paid dividends, with Savchenkova putting the visitors in front after 26 minutes and Shlyapina following suit close to half-time. With Austria unable to respond, they now face a major challenge if they are to avoid disappointment in Thursday's second leg in Rostov-na-Donu.

Despite the result, it was Austria who dominated the early stages as forwards Nina Burger and Laura Feiersinger made busy starts. They were also able to thwart their opponents thanks to some precise marking in midfield and defence. That left Russia looking for chances on the break, and the visitors seized their opportunity when Elena Terekhova took possession on the right wing and sent in a well-timed cross to Savchenkova, who took one touch to steer the ball past Anna-Carina Kristler from the edge of the box.

The home side immediately set about chasing an equaliser and, with 37 minutes gone, Viktoria Schnaderbeck fired narrowly over with a half-volley from a Feiersinger corner. They soon found themselves two goals down, however, Savchenkova releasing Shlyapina with a through ball and the six-goal scorer in the group stage finishing calmly with a right-footed shot between the goalkeeper's legs.

After the break, Austria continued trying to break down Russia's well-organised defence with admirable intent. Schnaderbeck had an effort blocked close to the hour mark and substitute Lisa Makas forced a good save from Elvira Todua with a strike from 22 metres out that was heading for the top right-hand corner.

Russia still posed a threat on the counter, but Dominik Thalhammer's charges were able to prevent further damage and nearly reduced the deficit when Schnaderbeck's volley from Verena Aschauer's cross flew narrowly wide. Todua then did well to deny Aschauer and Feiersinger in quick succession with six minutes remaining, as Russia held out to take a firm grip on the tie.

Last updated: 22/10/12 12.37CET

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21Anna-Carina Kristler (GK)1Elvira Todua (GK)
3Marlies Hanschitz (C)5Olga Petrova
6Susanna Höller7Olesya Mashina
7Carina Wenninger
Yellow Card69
8Valentina Savchenkova
9Marion Gröbner10Elena Terekhova
10Nina Burger11Ekaterina Sochneva
11Viktoria Schnaderbeck15Anastasia Kostyukova
13Verena Aschauer17Natalia Shlyapina
17Sarah Puntigam18Elena Medved
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18Laura Feiersinger19Ksenia Tsybutovich (C)
19Elisabeth Tieber
23Elena Morozova


1Jasmin Pfeiler (GK)12Kristina Slashchinina (GK)
4Jennifer Pöltl3Anna Kozhnikova
5Katja Trödthandl4Maria Dyachkova
8Nadine Prohaska9Anna Cholovyaga
15Virginia Kirchberger20Nelli Korovkina
16Jasmin Eder21Olesya Kurochkina
20Lisa Makas
22Yulia Gordeeva


Dominik Thalhammer (AUT) Sergei Lavrentyev (RUS)


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Assistant referees

Helen Karo (SWE), Asa Olsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Agnes Sirrka Prammer (AUT)


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  • Austria

    Next match played Women's EURO: v Russia, 25 October 2012, 1-1
  • Russia

    Next match played Women's EURO: v Austria, 25 October 2012, 1-1