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Ernst Happel Stadion (ATT 50,000) 11th September 2012 - Kick off 19:35 Ref: B Kuipers

Austria Austria vs Germany Germany

Austria 1

Z Junuzovic (57)

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Germany 2

M Reus (44)
M Ozil (pen 52)

Narrow victory for Germany

Last Updated: 11/09/12 10:12pm

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Marco Reus celebrates his goal for Germany.

Marco Reus celebrates his goal for Germany.

Germany rode their luck to beat Austria 2-1 and continue their perfect start to World Cup qualifying in Vienna.

Marco Reus put Germany ahead just before half-time and Mesut Ozil added a second shortly after the interval from the penalty spot.

Zlatko Junuzovic pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 57th minute and they were unfortunate not to get at least an equaliser as they caused Joachim Low's side numerous problems but failed to find another goal.

Austria showed no fear in the early exchanges and were unfortunate not to take the lead on several occasions.

Their first chance came in the fourth minute when Stuttgart forward Martin Harnik was put through on goal, but his shot took a deflection off the foot of Holger Badstuber and looped over the goal.

Harnik was a constant thorn in the side of the Germany defence and he sent shots either side of the goal as the home side started the stronger in Vienna.

Alexander Ivanschitz, who also plies his trade in Germany with Mainz, went even closer with a shot that beat Manuel Neuer in the Germany goal but just missed the target.

Germany then broke in the 44th minute to open the scoring against the run of play.

Miroslav Klose played the ball into the path of Reus, who came in from the left and shot low into the bottom left-hand corner with Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer getting a hand to the ball but failing to keep it out.

Germany doubled their lead early in the second half when Thomas Muller was fouled inside the penalty area by Veli Kavlak and Ozil scored from the spot.

Austria were having none of it, though, and they pulled a goal back in the 57th minute with Marko Arnautovic setting up his Werder Bremen team-mate Junuzovic to give the home team hope.

And Austria continued to attack to the very end, pegging Germany back inside their own half but not taking their chances.

Emanuel Pogatetz saw a header cleared off the line by Philipp Lahm before Arnautovic missed the best chance late on, somehow shooting wide when it seemed easier to score as Germany rode their luck but emerged with all three points.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 11th Sep - Group E
    Tue 11th Sep - Group F
    Tue 11th Sep - Group I
    Tue 11th Sep - Group D
    Tue 11th Sep - Group B
    Tue 11th Sep - Group G
    • Bos & Herz
      4 - 1
      Latvia
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    • Slovakia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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    • Greece
      2 - 0
      Lithuania
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    Tue 11th Sep - Group A
    Tue 11th Sep - Group H
    Tue 11th Sep - Group C

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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