NV Arena - St Polten 21/10/2012 - 18:30CET (18:30 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg

Austria - Russia
0-2

Austria - Russia 0-2 - 21/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Women's EURO 2013

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Austria aim to upset Russia

Published: Friday 19 October 2012, 14.45CET
Austria coach Dominik Thalhammer may have considered just being in the play-offs "sensational" but that does not mean his side are not going all out for victory against Russia.
Austria aim to upset Russia
Austria coach Dominik Thalhammer ©Getty Images
 

Tournament statistics

Austria
Russia

16

Goals scored

31

102

Total attempts

181

50

Attempts on target

69

43

off target

75

4

against woodwork

3

55

Corners

70

18

Offsides

18

8

Yellow cards

9

0

Red Cards

1

91

Fouls committed

107

94

Fouls suffered

130

Press kits

Standings

 
  
Published: Friday 19 October 2012, 14.45CET

Austria aim to upset Russia

Austria coach Dominik Thalhammer may have considered just being in the play-offs "sensational" but that does not mean his side are not going all out for victory against Russia.

Austria's coach Dominik Thalhammer may have considered just being in the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 play-offs "sensational" – but that does not mean they are not going all out for victory in the first leg against Russia in St Polten on Sunday.

Russia beat Scotland in the play-offs four years ago to qualify for their third Women's EURO, whereas Austria have never made even this stage before – beating the Czech Republic to second place in Group 7, which they concluded by defeating first-placed Denmark 3-1. Still, with striker Nina Burger and rising talents Laura Feiersinger and Viktoria Schnaderbeck in his squad, Thalhammer – who succeeded the late Ernst Weber last year – can take an upbeat stance.

"The fact we were even in the draw in Nyon is sensational, so everything from now on is a bonus," he said. "The Russians have no standout players, however the whole team is at the same high level.

"The EURO is our goal, that would be a huge boost for our women's football. But we also know that we have a very young team. We have a team that can make it in four years."

Sergei Lavrentyev, appointed as Russia's new coach last week following the departure of Farid Benstiti for Paris Saint-Germain FC, has included 20-year-old striker Anna Cholovyaga and fellow young forward Nelli Korovkina as cover for experienced attackers Olesya Kurochkina, Ekaterina Sochneva and Russia's six-goal top scorer in Group 1 qualification, Natalia Shlyapina.

"We all knew Lavrentyev previously, as he worked with ShVSM-Izmaylovo Moskva, and he is a high-class specialist," goalkeeper Elvira Todua told UEFA.com, before turning her attention to Austria. "We played them many times in qualification and always won but I have to admit that they have improved quite a lot. They are good in attack and use pressing quite a bit. All their players are fast and powerful but we know their weak points and will try to use them to our advantage."

Last updated: 19/10/12 22.39CET

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