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Ernst Happel Stadion (ATT 48,500) 7th June 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

Austria Austria vs Sweden Sweden

Austria 2

D Alaba (pen 26)
M Janko (32)

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Sweden 1

J Elmander (82)

Austria see off Sweden

Last Updated: 07/06/13 10:07pm

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Austria's Julian Baumgartlinger vies with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Austria's Julian Baumgartlinger vies with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Austria strengthened their grip on second place in Group C of the World Cup qualifiers with victory over rivals Sweden in Vienna.

Ahead of the visitors on goal difference alone, and having played a game more, Austria's position was more than a little vulnerable going into the match but David Alaba's penalty and a Marc Janko header put them in control.

Although Johan Elmander pulled a goal back late on, Austria held on for three vital points.

In a match with plenty of chances at both ends, Janko was first to threaten when he fired wide from close range in the fifth minute, while Emanuel Pogatetz got in a vital block to deny Sebastian Larsson at the other end moments later.

Jonas Olsson headed just wide for Sweden but the game moved in Austria's favour in the 25th minute.

Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson brought down Martin Harnik in the area and was relieved to see yellow before local lad Alaba delighted the Viennese crowd with a placed penalty into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

Marko Arnautovic went close moments later but the second goal was not long in coming, arriving in the 32nd minute when Janko headed home Harnik's cross.

It might have been even better but for a fine save from Isaksson to keep out Zlatko Junuzovic before Alaba and Arnautovic missed the target from range.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic barely figured in the first half and his first chance was comfortably saved by Robert Almer early in the second.

The Paris St Germain man had another chance with a free-kick just before the hour mark but blasted it straight into the wall.

At the other end, Jonas Olsson made a vital block to keep out Andreas Weimann's close-range effort.

The chances were coming thick and fast now, with Almer comfortably holding an Ibrahimovic header before making a fine save to keep out Larsson's left-footed drive.

Isaksson then made another good block to deny Weimann before Sweden got back in it with nine minutes left, Ibrahimovic teeing up Elmander for a lobbed finish over Almer.

But they never created another chance as Austria held on for victory.

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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