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Austria on verge of finals after edging out Moldova

Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 23.04CET
Austria 1-0 Moldova
Zlatko Junuzovic got the only goal in Vienna to put Marcel Koller's side on the brink of qualification from Group G.

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Match statistics

AustriaMoldova

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts24
 
2
on target8
 
1
off target10
 
1
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
12

Standings

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Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 23.04CET

Austria on verge of finals after edging out Moldova

Austria 1-0 Moldova
Zlatko Junuzovic got the only goal in Vienna to put Marcel Koller's side on the brink of qualification from Group G.

  • Zlatko Junuzovic scores the only goal for the hosts
  • Austria can qualify if they avoid defeat against Sweden on Tuesday
  • Winless Moldova stay bottom of Group G
  • Nicolae Milinceanu misses early chance for visitors
  • Next games: Sweden v Austria, Moldova v Montenegro (8 September)

Zlatko Junuzovic scored the winner as Austria went seven points clear at the top of Group G, a narrow victory against Moldova edging them one step closer to qualification for UEFA EURO 2016.

Marcel Koller's men will travel to second-placed Sweden on Tuesday knowing that a point or more will be enough to finish the job, having dropped just two points in seven matches.

Delivering an assured, if slightly nervous display, at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, the hosts eventually secured a win that leaves them on the verge of qualifying for the first time; their only previous finals appearance came as co-hosts in 2008.

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Zlatko Junuzovic is mobbed after scoring Austria's winner

Home goalkeeper Robert Almer was called into action on the half-hour as Artur Patraş's corner crept through a host of defenders to land conveniently at the feet of Nicolae Milinceanu. The Petrolul Ploiești striker, however, did not have enough time to apply any degree of accuracy to his effort and Austria escaped.

After the break Marko Arnautovic combined neatly with Julian Baumgartlinger before finding David Alaba in space on the edge of Moldova's area, only to watch his team-mate fire well wide.

Alaba, the Bayern München midfielder, was not disheartened and combined well with Marc Janko moments later, unleashing a fierce drive which keeper Ilie Cebanu fumbled. Junuzovic seized upon the loose ball and slotted in to send the crowd home happy.

Last updated: 07/09/15 0.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013994/postmatch/report/index.html#austria+brink+finals

Lineups

Austria

Austria

Moldova

Moldova

1
AlmerRobert Almer (GK)
1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK) (C)
Yellow Card39
3
DragovićAleksandar Dragović
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
5
FuchsChristian Fuchs (C)
3
PatraşArtur Patraş
7
ArnautovićMarko Arnautović
4
ErhanIulian Erhan
8
AlabaDavid Alaba
Substitution90+2
5
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
10
JunuzovićZlatko Junuzović
Goal52
6
I. JardanIon Jardan
11
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution76
7
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
14
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
8
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru
Yellow Card25
Substitution79
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
Yellow Card37
9
AndronicGheorghe Andronic
Substitution55
17
KleinFlorian Klein
10
DedovAlexandru Dedov
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution84
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
Substitution87

Substitutes

23
ÖzcanRamazan Özcan (GK)
23
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
12
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
2
GaricsGyörgy Garics
14
GînsariRadu Gînsari
Substitution79
4
MadlMichael Madl
15
BogdanConstantin Bogdan
6
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
Substitution90+2
16
BurghiuŞtefan Burghiu
9
OkotieRubin Okotie
Substitution84
17
CociucEugeniu Cociuc
13
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
18
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
16
WimmerKevin Wimmer
19
ZasaviţchiEugen Zasaviţchi
18
Yasin PehlivanYasin Pehlivan
20
RacuPetru Racu
Substitution55
19
HinterseerLukas Hinterseer
22
CarpCătălin Carp
Substitution87
20
SabitzerMarcel Sabitzer
22
JantscherJakob Jantscher
Substitution76

Coach

Marcel Koller (SUI) Alexandru Curteian (MDA)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)

Fourth official

Nikola Karakolev (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution