Austria national goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann went to tears. European Championship Round of 16, at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, against the Italian national team.
“It’s almost impossible to describe,” said the newly promoted Watford goalkeeper. “There is no bigger stage for football. And then against one of the best teams in the world, Italy is fantastic.”
With a deserved 1-0 win (1-0) over Ukraine, the Austrians around coach Franco Voda finished second in Group C with six points, reaching the second round of the European Cup for the first time – and scored on Saturday. (9pm) in London to Squadra Azzurra. “If we play like we play today, we can make life difficult for any team,” Bachmann added.
Bachmann: Italy ‘the best team in this tournament’
“It will be difficult, but we go into the game to win,” said the 26-year-old, who made his national debut just three weeks ago: “Italy is the best team in this tournament.”
In his adopted home country of England, Bachmann could count on the support of at least part of his family. “My wife and children can come to the game. So far they have not been allowed to be there due to travel restrictions. My parents can’t come for that. There are mixed feelings,” he said.
Austrian Football Association captain David Alaba was only happy. “We’re here to dream. Anything is possible in football,” the Bayern Munich star said long before the duel against the Group A winners.