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World Cup qualifying preview: Austria v Germany

11 September 2012 08:34

Austria will kick off their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign when they host Germany in Vienna on Tuesday.

Marcel Koller's men are aiming to reach the finals for the first time since France hosted the event in 1998, and they have a tough opening to their Group C campaign against Joachim Loew's primed outfit.

The Germans warmed up for the clash with a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands, although they were expected to dismantle the minnow by a larger margin.

Austria are unbeaten in their past four matches, including wins over Finland, Ukraine and Turkey.

Conversely, the Germans' procession against the Islanders was their first win in three after their Euro 2012 loss to Italy and a friendly defeat at the hands of Argentina.

Both Loew and assistant coach Hansi Flick have said Germany's qualifying opener was not good enough for a nation of their standing in world football, meaning they will not be resting on their laurels despite a first-up win.

And Loew said the Germans will be up against it, with a fired-up Austrian crowd at the Ernst Happel Stadium.

"We need to play with more consistency and authority than we did against the Faroe Islands," Loew said.

"The Austrians sense their chance to reach the 2014 World Cup, they are highly motivated.

"You can always feel in Vienna that they always want to beat the Germans, it is a heated atmosphere."

But despite a few below-par performances of late, Germany hold all the aces in terms of head-to-head clashes of late, winning their past seven matches against their European neighbours, and never losing to them in their history.

Twice since May 2002, Germany have beaten Austria by a 6-2 scoreline, with their most recent meeting in a Euro 2012 qualifier ending that way, as Mesut Oezil scoring a brace in the clash last September.

With Sweden likely to get past Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands in their opening two Group C games, it is imperative for Koller's men to start the group stage well to keep pace with the top two.

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 September 2012
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Wien)
Attendance
47000

Goals

0 - 1
44' M. Reus
 (assist by M. Klose)
0 - 2
52' M. Özil (PG)
Z. Junuzović 57'
(assist by M. Arnautović) 
1 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
16 71'
5
14
3
8 52'
6
18
21 44'
11
13
Coach: J. Löw

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +14 18
2 6 +11 16
3 6 +7 14
4 6 -6 10
5 6 +1 9
6 6 +1 8
7 6 +1 8
8 6 -3 7
9 6 -4 7
10 6 -2 5
11 6 -3 5
12 6 -6 4
13 6 -3 3
14 6 -8 2

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