Austria hit Faroes for six
Austria win 6-0 to jump up to third in Group C
Last Updated: March 22, 2013 10:59pm
David Alaba: Scored for Austria in win
Austria cruised to their second win of the World Cup qualifying campaign by crushing the Faroe Islands 6-0 in Vienna.
Needing to keep the pressure on Sweden and the Republic of Ireland behind runaway leaders Germany in Group C, Austria dominated from the off against the group minnows and were 3-0 up inside the opening 30 minutes.
Philipp Hosiner had already been denied twice by Gunnar Nielsen - the first after just 18 seconds - before grabbing an eighth-minute opener when he tucked in Christian Fuchs' cross.
Hosiner got the second as well from close range in the 20th minute before Andreas Ivanschitz made it 3-0 with a strong left-footed shot from just outside the area.
Nielsen had work to do to deny Zlatko Junuzovic and Marko Arnautovic and keep the score down before half-time.
Austria seemed determined to add further goals after the break.
David Alaba rattled the crossbar with a left-footed shot five minutes after the restart and then Nielsen had to be alert to make successive blocks from Junuzovic and Arnautovic in quick succession as the hour-mark approached.
Andreas Weimann came on to try his hand and soon forced Nielsen into a good save, the goalkeeper pushing a right-footed shot away for a corner before Weimann blazed another over the crossbar.
Just as it was beginning to look like Austria would be frustrated in a bid to boost their goal difference, three goals in quick succession put a gloss on the scoreline.
Alaba created the first, finding Junuzovic in space to fire in from 20 yards in the 76th minute, then scored the second himself from close range when he was picked out by Weimann moments later.
It was 6-0 in the 82nd minute with Weimann again the creator, finding Gyorgy Garics to score from the edge of the area.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
Israel3 - 3Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 0Azerbaijan
Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
Bulgaria6 - 0Malta
Czech Rep0 - 3Denmark
Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Serbia
Macedonia0 - 2Belgium
Scotland1 - 2Wales
Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
Slovenia1 - 2Iceland
Norway0 - 1Albania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 3Germany
Austria6 - 0Faroe Islands
Sweden0 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
Andorra0 - 2Turkey
Netherlands3 - 0Estonia
Hungary2 - 2Romania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
Liechtenstein1 - 1Latvia
Slovakia1 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia3 - 1Greece
Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
Moldova0 - 1Montenegro
Poland1 - 3Ukraine
San Marino0 - 8England
Fri 22nd Mar - Group I
Spain1 - 1Finland
France3 - 1Georgia
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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