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AustriaAustriaErnst-Happel-Stadion - ViennaFriday 24 March 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group D - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
05/09/2015QR (GS)Austria - Moldova1-0
ViennaJunuzović 52
09/10/2014QR (GS)Moldova - Austria1-2
ChisinauDedov 27 (P); Alaba 12 (P), Janko 51
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/2003PR (GS)Moldova - Austria1-0
TiraspolFrunză 60
07/09/2002PR (GS)Austria - Moldova2-0
ViennaHerzog 4 (P), 29 (P)
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Squad list Only this chapter

Austria - Squad list
Current season
-Andreas Lukse08/11/198729Altach - 0000
-Heinz Lindner17/07/199026Frankfurt - 0000
-Daniel Bachmann09/07/199422Stoke - 0000
-Michael Madl21/03/198829Fulham - 0000
-Markus Suttner16/04/198729Ingolstadt - 1000
-Sebastian Prödl21/06/198729Watford - 1000
-David Alaba24/06/199224Bayern - 4000
-Aleksandar Dragović06/03/199126Leverkusen*4000
-Stefan Lainer27/08/199224Salzburg - 0000
-Martin Hinteregger07/09/199224Augsburg*4100
-Kevin Wimmer15/11/199224Tottenham - 3000
-Zlatko Junuzović26/09/198729Bremen - 3000
-Stefan Ilsanker18/05/198927Leipzig*2000
-Martin Harnik10/06/198729Hannover - 2000
-Marcel Sabitzer17/03/199423Leipzig - 4100
-Louis Schaub29/12/199422Rapid Wien - 2000
-Valentino Lazaro24/03/199621Salzburg - 0000
-Marc Janko25/06/198333Basel*4200
-Guido Burgstaller29/04/198927Schalke - 0000
-Marko Arnautović19/04/198927Stoke*4200
-Michael Gregoritsch18/04/199422Hamburg - 1000
-Marcel Koller11/11/196056 - 4000
Moldova - Squad list
Current season
-Serghei Paşcenco18/12/198234Zaria Balti - 0000
-Stanislav Namaşco10/11/198630Levadiakos - 0000
-Alexei Koşelev19/11/199323Sheriff - 0000
-Victor Golovatenco28/04/198432Zaria Balti - 2000
-Alexandru Epureanu27/09/198630İstanbul Başakşehir - 3000
-Vadim Bolohan15/08/198630Milsami*3000
-Petru Racu17/07/198729Milsami - 2000
-Cătălin Carp20/10/199323Ufa - 1000
-Maxim Potîrniche13/06/198927Sheriff - 0000
-Veaceslav Posmac07/11/199026Dacia - 2000
-Alexandru Gaţcan27/03/198432Rostov*4100
-Andrei Cojocari21/01/198730Milsami - 3000
-Alexandru Dedov26/07/198927Milsami - 3000
-Maxim Mihaliov22/08/198630Zaria Balti*3000
-Eugeniu Cebotaru16/10/198432Sibir - 3000
-Alexandru Antoniuc23/05/198927Milsami - 1000
-Artur Ioniţa17/08/199026Cagliari - 1000
-Vladislav Ivanov07/05/199026Sheriff - 0000
-Igor Bugaev26/06/198432Zaria Balti*4100
-Eugeniu Sidorenco19/03/198928Milsami - 4000
-Radu Gînsari10/12/199125Sheriff - 2000
-Igor Dobrovolski27/08/196749 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Marcel Koller

Date of birth: 11 November 1960
Playing career:
Grasshopper Club Zürich
Coaching career:
FC Wil 1900, FC St Gallen, Grasshopper Club Zürich, 1. FC Köln, VfL Bochum 1848, Austria

• A former midfielder, Koller spent his entire playing career with Swiss side Grasshoppers, making over 400 league appearances from 1978 to 1997 and winning seven league titles and five Swiss Cups.

• Capped 55 times by Switzerland, he scored three goals for his country and made two appearances at EURO '96, coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw with hosts England and starting the 1-0 loss to Scotland.

• Began coaching career at Wil in 1997 and took over at St Gallen two years later, leading the club to their first Swiss championship since 1903/04 in his maiden season. Returned to Grasshoppers in 2002 and promptly secured the Swiss league crown, but resigned in October 2003 after a disappointing run.

• Appointed by Köln the following month, he was sacked after the Bundesliga team finished the season bottom, yet bounced back at Bochum in 2005, earning promotion to the top tier in his first campaign.

• Dismissed by Bochum in September 2009, Koller was installed as Austria coach on 4 October 2011, replacing Dietmar Constantini. Missed out on a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup but earned a contract extension until December 2015 and rewarded that faith by overseeing a first successful UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign as Austria reached UEFA EURO 2016, although they failed to get out of their group in France.



Igor Dobrovolski

Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)

• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.

• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.

• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.

• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.

• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIstván Vad (HUN)
  • Assistant refereesIstvan Albert (HUN) , Peter Berettyán (HUN)
  • Fourth officialFerenc Karakó (HUN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerOuti Saarinen (FIN)
  • Referee observerLassin Isaksen (FRO)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
István Vad30/05/1979668

István Vad

Referee since: 1995
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2007

Tournaments: 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship


FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
01/10/2002RCUPQRMontenegro Amateur (YUG)AT Chisinau (MDA)2-0Tiszaujvaros
27/07/2010UCL3QRAC OmoniaFC Salzburg1-1Nicosia
06/11/2013UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridFK Austria Wien4-0Madrid
06/08/2014UCL3QRFC SheriffŠK Slovan Bratislava0-0Tiraspol

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland43107310
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Georgia 1-2 Austria
    0-1 Hinteregger 16, 0-2 Janko 42, 1-2 Ananidze 78
    Almer, Dragović, Hinteregger, Arnautović, Alaba, Junuzović (67 Schöpf), Harnik (72 Sabitzer), Suttner, Baumgartlinger, Klein, Janko (76 Gregoritsch)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Austria 2-2 Wales
    0-1 Allen 22, 1-1 Arnautović 28, 1-2 Wimmer 45+1 (og) , 2-2 Arnautović 48
    Almer (58 Özcan), Dragović, Hinteregger, Wimmer, Arnautović (87 Schaub), Alaba, Sabitzer, Junuzović (79 Schöpf), Baumgartlinger, Klein, Janko
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Serbia 3-2 Austria
    1-0 A. Mitrović 6, 1-1 Sabitzer 16, 2-1 A. Mitrović 23, 2-2 Janko 62, 3-2 Tadić 74
    Özcan, Dragović (71 Prödl), Hinteregger, Wimmer, Arnautović, Alaba, Sabitzer, Junuzović (63 Schöpf), Baumgartlinger (58 Ilsanker), Klein, Janko
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 McClean 48
    Özcan, Dragović, Hinteregger, Wimmer (78 Ilsanker), Arnautović, Alaba, Sabitzer (73 Harnik), Baumgartlinger, Klein, Schöpf (57 Schaub), Janko
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Austria
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Wales 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Vokes 38, 2-0 Allen 44, 3-0 Bale 51, 4-0 Bale 90+5 (P)
    Cebanu, Armaş, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (75 Sidorenco), Dedov (85 Mihaliov), Gînsari (75 Bugaev), Cașcaval, Cojocari, I. Jardan
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Moldova 0-3 Serbia
    0-1 Kostić 19, 0-2 Ivanović 37, 0-3 Tadić 59
    Cebanu, Carp, Racu, A. Epureanu, Cojocari, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (77 Gînsari), Dedov (63 Sidorenco), Bolohan, Andronic (69 Mihaliov), Bugaev
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Long 2, 1-1 Bugaev 45+1, 1-2 McClean 69, 1-3 McClean 76
    Calancea, Armaş (36 Golovatenco), Cojocari, Gaţcan, Dedov, Bordian, Posmac, Bolohan, Andronic (83 Sidorenco), Bugaev, Zasaviţchi (61 Cebotaru)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Georgia 1-1 Moldova
    1-0 Kazaishvili 16, 1-1 Gaţcan 78
    Cebanu, Posmac, I. Jardan, A. Epureanu, Racu (41 Golovatenco), Gaţcan, Bordian, Bolohan, Mihaliov (77 Andronic), Sidorenco (70 A. Antoniuc), Bugaev
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on