VIENNA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Austria started their qualifying
campaign for the 2010 World Cup in style with a shock 3-1
victory over France in Group Seven on Saturday.
Forward Marc Janko deflected a long-range free kick by
captain Andreas Ivanschitz to open the scoring on eight minutes
and midfielder Rene Aufhauser deflected another set piece by
Ivanschitz to double the advantage shortly before the break.
France winger Sidney Govou reduced the arrears just after
the hour, collecting a Patrice Evra cross with his back to the
goal and turning around to score from six metres, but France
could not escape their first defeat by Austria in 38 years.
Ivanschitz sealed Austria's first win over France since a
1-0 victory in 1970 from a penalty on 72 minutes after Janko had
been brought down in the box by defender Philippe Mexes.