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September 11, 2012
• Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien
Referee: B. Kuipers
• Attendance: 47000
Z. Junuzović 57'
M. Reus 44'
M. Özil 52'
90' + 5'
It was an absolutely wonderful match here at the Ernst-Happel Stadion, but ultimately, a Mesut Ozil penalty has won it for Germany. Marco Reus had given Joachim Low's side the lead, before that second half spot kick. But Austria weren't downheartened, and came fighting back through Zlatko Junuzovic. It wasn't enough though, and Germany maintain their 100 per cent record in qualification. I've been Alex Mott. Good night.
90' + 4'
And that's it! The referee blows for full time here in Vienna, and the game has finished Austria 1-2 Germany.
90' + 2'
One last chance for Austria. A free kick on the halfway line is hit into the area by Fuchs, but Pogatez can't get a clean header on it and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Another chance for Arnautovic. This time, receiving the ball on the edge of the area, the Bremen man hit it with his second touch, but it was a poor effort, and Neuer saved easily down to his left.
OH NO! WHAT A CHANCE! Marko Arnautovic, receiving the ball inside the six yard box, mis-hit his shot, and watched as it flew wide of the right-hand post. That was a genuine sitter. He's going to be haunted by that for a long time to come.
OH! So unlucky from Austria. A corner from the right-hand side was lofted into the far post, where Fuchs got up and headed it across goal. The effort went past Neuer, and looked to be going into the far-hand side of the net, but Lahm was there to head clear.
They do eventually find an opening, as Arnautovic - that man again - lays in Baumgartlinger, but the Mainz man's shot from inside the area is a poor one, and Neuer gathers easily.
It seems to be all Austria now. The hosts' are patiently trying to contrive an opening, but the German defence are being characteristically efficient.
Yellow CardJulian Baumgartlinger
It's Pogatez who whips it in for Koller's side, but the cross is cleared by Khedira.
Up the other end, and Kroos concedes a free kick on the right-hand side, and Austria win a set piece in a dangerous position.
Hummels has it now in the centre-back position for Germany. The Dortmund man tries to play a long ball over the top of the Austria defence. But as Ozil runs clear with the ball, the linesman flags for offside.
Here come Austria again. Fuchs makes a marauding run down the left-hand side. The Schalke full-back tries to whip a cross in, but the ball is deflected off of Lahm, on to himself, and goes out for a Germany throw in.
OH NO! WHAT A CHANCE! Lahm tried to pass it back to Neuer, but his pass was extremly weak, and Burgstaller snuck in to get the ball. The Rapid Wien man looked for all the world as if he'd score, but the keeper got down and nicked the ball from under his feet. Oh dear.
Yellow CardPhilipp Lahm
It's Muller now, on the right-hand side of the area. The Bayern man gets to the byline, but his cutback is poor, and Fuchs clears.
@yaxcharming has summed it up brilliantly I think: "struggling to breath myself. It's like watching two bundesliga sides in action.Simply breathtaking".
Momentum is a funny thing. With 10 minutes gone in this half, the game looked dead in the water for Austria. Since that goal though, they've seemed the most likely to score. And as I type that, Arnautovic is in down the right! The 23-year-old puts in a ball across the box, but no one is there this time to knock it in.
AHHH! That is disappointing from Junuzovic. Some brilliant football from Austria sees the Bremen man being laid in down the right-hand side, but he's too eager, and the flag goes up for offside.
Whilst I take a moment to breathe, how about tweeting me your thoughts on the game so far? I'm @alexjmott and I'd love to hear your comments.
Yellow CardChristian Fuchs
Chrisitan Fuchs puts in a bad challenge on Muller on the halfway line, and the Schalke man receives a yellow card.
Austria might have just got a goal back, but the Germans aren't content to sit on their lead. Lahm there, attacked down the right, before putting a low cross into the box. Khedira was there on the edge of the area to fire a shot first time, but his effort went over the bar.
GOOAAALLL!!! And Austria have one back! Arnautovic with a tirless run down the right-had side, gets to the byline, and fires a ball across goal. Zlatko Junuzovic got across Hummels, and poked it in from six yards. 2-1. Game on.
GOAA.....No. Offiside. Ozil slipped Gotze in on goal, but as the Dortmund man went around the keeper, the linesman raised his flag for offside.
For all their hardwork and industry, Austria are down 2-0 to a couple of cheap goals, and you have to wonder whether they'll come back from this?
Penalty GoalMesut Özil
GOAAALLL! Mesut Ozil fires into the bottom right-hand corner, and even though Almer went the right way, he had no chance of getting his hand to it. 2-0.
PENALTY! And it's Germany who win it. Veli Kavlak pushes the on-rushing Muller inside the area, and the referee points immediately to the apot.
And I say that as Sami Khedira fires a shot at goal. But his effort his blocked on the edge of the area by Pogatez.
Germany are back where they left off: knocking it about, without actually creating very much.
Just some quick housekeeping to do: goalscorer Marco Reus has gone off, with Mario Gotze replacing him.
We're back, and it's Austria who will get us underway, going the opposite way they were in the first half. Obviously.
I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half, but as always, tweet me @alexjmott, and let me know what you think of the game so far.
Well, what a half of football. Austria have been brilliant, and in truth, have had much the better chances. It's a late Marco Reus goal though, that is the difference. And I suppose that's what happens when you fail time-after-time in front of goal against the Germans.
And that's it. The referee blows for halftime, with the scoreline here Austria 0-1 Germany.
GOOOAAALLLL! And it's Marco Reus with the goal. The ball was played into him by Muller on the left-hand side of the area. The Dortmund man then cut inside, before unleashing a shot at goal. The effort manages to sneak in the bottom left-hand corner, as Almer was left helpless in goal. 1-0.
It's Muller now for Germany. On the right-hand side of the area, he tries to force his way to the blyine, but Garics stops him. The Bayern man still has it though, and attempts to pass it back to Lahm, but the full-back's touch is poor, and it goes out for a throw in.
Mesut Ozil tries to open his legs for the first time this half, but once again an Austrian player is there in his face, as Kavlak stops the Madrid man in his path.
More intricate play from the Germans there, but they can't get a clean shot away such is the Austrian workrate. That time, Khedira had it on the edge of the area, and tried to slip in Muller down the right-hand side of the area, but his pass was too long, and it went out for a goal kick.
The workrate from Austria has been remarkable this opening 37 minutes. They're closing down all over the pitch, and not letting Low's side have a moment's peace. You have to wonder though, how long can it last?
I've just slated the German defence, but that was brilliant there from Hummels. A long ball from Kavlak was headed down by Harnik towards Arnautovic, but the Dortmund man got back, and made a flying challenge to block the pass.
Uncharacteristically, the German defence has been all over the place here this evening. That time, Schmelzer had all the time in the world to get the ball clear, but decided to hold on to it, and was lucky that is eventual clearance wasn't nicked off him by Harnik.
CORRRR! Great effort from Harnik! Kroos had a shot blocked on the edge of the Austrian area. Somehow, the ball managed to go to the feet of the Stuttgart man on the halfway line. He turned, and ran directly at Badstuber. Jinking just to his right, the 25-year-old hit an unexpected shot from about 30 yards, but it ruffled only the side-netting.
The ball goes upfield, and Austria win a throw deep in Germany terroritory. It's taken quickly by Ivanschitz, but Harnik can't quite get on the end of it, and Neuer comes off his line to retrieve the ball.
It's Reus now, trying to get Germany back in the ascendency. The Dortmund man slips in Lahm down the right-hand side, but that captain's cross is poor and Prodl clears.
Oh, real chance for Austria. Arnautovic has it on the left. He puts in a great cross towards the far post, but the ball won't quite sit for Junuzovic. The Bremen man tries to snap a shot at goal, but it's blocked by Hummels. Unlucky.
Lahm has it now for Germany. The Bayern man surges down the right, before playing it inside to his club-mate Thomas Muller. The 22-year-old tries to put in a cheeky, chipped cross, but Prodl reads it and clears the danger.
In nine competitive meeting between these two, Austria are yet to win. If they continue the way they've started though, that could all change tonight.
The corner's taken from the left, but Almer comes out and gathers it easily.
From the resulting free kick, Ozil whipped a ball into the box from 35 yards out, and Muller got up to head at goal. Almer got down well, and made a great save to tip it around the post for a corner.
Yellow CardSebastian Prödl
Oh dear. That is a shocking challenge from Prodl. The Bremen defender came straight through the back of Klose, and conceded a free kick.
Germany tried to play some neat, one-touch football around the halfway line there, but Austria were having none of it. Kavlak dispossessed Khedira, before releasing Harnik through the middle. The Stuttgart man held it up before laying the ball into Arnautovic. The 23-year-old struck it from 20 yards, but it was a poor one, and Neuer saved easily.
Effort from distance this time for Austria. Ivanschitz gets it 25 yards from goal, and strikes one low at Neuer's net. The Bayern man gets down well, and watches as the ball flies past his left-hand post.
I have to say, this game has been marvellous so far. I expected Austria to struggle against this German backline, but they are doing anything but.
ANOTHER GREAT CHANCE FOR AUSTRIA! Ivanschitz plays a delightful reverse pass into the path of Harnik, who, from the right-hand side of the area, smashed a first time shot back across goal and out for a goal kick.
OH. First chance for Germany, and Muller has missed it! The Bayern man was laid through superbly by Khedira, and one-on-one with the keeper, smashed it straight at Almer. That was poor.
Austria are in possession now. Baumgartlinger has it in the centre circle, and tries to play a long ball out to Arnautovic on the left-hand side. The pass is too long though, and the ball goes out for a throw in.
That was tight from Almer there. A pass back to the keeper saw the Dusseldorf shot-stopper take slightly too long on the ball, as Miroslav Klose closed him down. The 28-year-old between the sticks just managed to get it away, but you can't take chances like that with Klose around.
OHHHH! What a chance for Austria! Hummels was complacent at the back, passing it straight to Junuzovic. The Werder Bremen midfielder picked out Harnik with his first touch, and Stuttgart man was in on goal. He beared down, with just Neuer to beat, but took too long as Badstuber got back to knock the ball away. You have to finish those!
It's Khedira now, surging forward for the Germans. He tries to pick out a through-pass for Klose, but again Prodl reads it and knocks the ball back to safety.
From kick off, the ball is played back to Philipp Lahm at right-back, who looks up and plays a long ball into the path of Klose. Prodl reads it though, and gets Austria's first touch of the ball.
We're finally underway here, and it's Germany who kick us off, going from left-to-right.
Germany are now blaring out their anthem, and a collection of whistles ring out around the stadium.
Here we go then. The players are leaving the tunnel, with kick off literally minutes away.
Just over five minuets until we get underway here in Vienna. But as always, I want to know your predictions for the game. Tweet me @alexjmott, and I'll eb sure to listen.
Marcel Koller has described this evening's face-off against the Germans as 'THE match for the whole nation'. Expect a feisty encounter then. Kick off is only 15 minutes away, so don't go anywhere.
As always, I want to hear your views on this evening's game. So if you've got something to say, hit me up @alexjmott on Twitter.
Austria (4-2-3-1): Almer; Garics, Pogatez, Fuchs, Prodl; Kavlak, Baumgartlinger; Harnik, Junuzovic, Ivanschitz; Arnautovic.
TEAM NEWS: Germany are making two changes from the side that beat the Faroes. Gotze and Mertesacker out; Kroos and Schmelzer in. Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer; Khedira, Kroos; Reus, Ozil, Muller; Klose
These two also faced each other in qualification for Euro 2012. Germany getting a last minute winner in Vienna, before crushing Marcel Koller's side 6-2 in Gelsenkirchen.
In 44 games between these two neighbours, Austria have only won eight, so history is certainly against them tonight. Joachim Low's side have already got their World Cup qualifiyng campaign underway, having beaten the Faroe Islands 3-0 on Friday. Austria meanwhile, are getting their campaign underway tonight.
Good evening everyone, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE, play-by-play coverage, of Austria vs Germany from the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna. I'm Alex Mott, and I'll be your commentator for tonight's game that has absolutely no historical pretext whatsoever.
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