Austria’s women’s soccer team has not once again become a stumbling block against European champions England.
After 0:1 in the opening game of the European Championship on July 6, on Saturday at Wr. Neustadt suffered a 2-0 defeat in the penultimate Group D match of the World Cup qualifiers. In the “go” in Sunderland at the end of 2021, they tied 0-1. As a result, the ÖFB team selection could not improve their prospects in the World Cup play-off match in October. The “Lionesses” ticket has finally been fixed.
Alicia Russo (7) and “Joker” Nikita Paris (70) made the decision in front of 2,600 spectators at the completely sold-out stadium. Austria didn’t get anything countable in its ninth duel with the English women, and they still had to wait for a goal.
The World Cup finals will be held in Australia and New Zealand next summer. The selection of ÖFB, who finished second in the group before the match, must qualify via a multi-stage qualifier. But before that, the final awaits in Wiener Neustadt with North Macedonia on Tuesday (8:30pm), where a win is essential in order to qualify as one of the top three riders in the group. These teams save themselves in the first playoff round.
Refraining from any personal surprises, ÖFB manager Erin Fuhrmann sent the exact same start to a field that also started in the European Championship quarter-finals 2-0 defeat to Germany on July 21. In the first match after the end of long-term captain Victoria Schnaerbeck’s career, which, like Lisa Makas, was officially adopted during the break, the ÖFB selection scored a classic false start.
The quick aim of the guests started happily. After Greenwood’s cross, Lauren Hemp turned to teammate Beth Meade and the ball fell from Arsenal Corps perfectly with Russo, who shot straight into the corner from six yards (7′). The Manchester United attacking player almost scored a brace, but her header from close range was too weak (9′).
The candidate was satisfied with the lead, which is probably why the home team got into the match better, but it showed shortcomings in the end. Julia Hecklesberger-Fuller missed the goal (12′), Sarah Zadrazil hit the ball in the clouds from a slightly sideways position in the penalty area (24). Fuhrmann’s forces could not radiate more danger on goal, at least there were no problems in defense at the moment.
That changed right after the start of the second half, as Hickelsberger-Füller missed his first chance (47′). Ella Toone hit the ball from a good position (50th position), and Manuela Zinsberger, goalkeeper of the ÖFB team, had to shine with a defensive foot in Stanway’s shot (51). On the other hand, Marie Herbs also made a good save, hitting Versinger’s shot from the cross corner (60). However, the match clearly went to the English, who closed the sack shortly afterwards in line with their performance. The ball ran quickly and after a hole pass to Stanway, Paris, who had just been replaced, completed it with confidence (70).
The Austrians were able to make a goal or two as a result, but most of the shots were blocked. So England showed no weakness in their debut after winning the European Championship on home soil.
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