WC 2014 Qualifier: Lucky win

The DFB squad hardly put in a good performance, but of course it was Austria they were playing against, so they ended up winning 2-1 in Vienna, even though they didn’t deserve it.

The Austrians had something like nine Bundesligists in their lineup, so in theory they wouldn’t suck. But the Austrians have been pretty lame since the days of the Anschluss back in 1938. The only decent performance in memory is Argentina 78, when Schachner and Krankl led a 3-2 upset win.

Marcel Koller’s Austria team started furiously, but wasted any chances. Germany was slow and plodding, without ideas, but with the confidence of arrogance knowing no matter what would happen, they would get the three points. And that’s pretty much how it went. Austria probably deserved better, but can’t really complain. Germany gets the win and basically says “Next…”


Österreich	 - 	Deutschland	 	1:2 (0:1)

                0:1  Reus (44., Klose)
                0:2  Özil (52., penalty, T. Müller)
                1:2  Junuzovic (57., Arnautovic)

Attendance: 47,000, Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Vienna)

AUSTRIA:
Almer - 
Garics, Prödl, Pogatetz, Fuchs  - 
Baumgartlinger, Kavlak - 
Arnautovic, Junuzovic, Ivanschitz - 
Harnik   

Subs:
55. G. Burgstaller for Harnik
75. Jantscher for Ivanschitz
85. Janko for Baumgartlinger

Reserves:
Gratzei (GK),Lindner (GK)
Dragovic, Suttner, Schiemer, F. Klein, Leitgeb, Pehlivan, P. Bürger

Trainer: Koller


GERMANY:
Neuer - 
Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer - 
Khedira, Kroos - 
T. Müller, Özil, Reus - 
Klose   

Subs:
46. M. Götze for Reus
75. Podolski for Klose

Reserves:
Zieler (GK), ter Stegen (GK)
Boateng, Mertesacker, Höwedes, L. Bender, Gündogan, Draxler, Schürrle

Trainer: Löw

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