European Championship

June 16, 2008



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Group B

18:45 +00:00, June 16, 2008

Ernst Happel Stadion

Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez

Game 20

  • 95'

    That's full time and Germany stagger through to the quarter finals but they'll need a huge improvement if they are to beat Portugal. As for Austria, thanks for being such great hosts, sorry you aren't a very good football side. See you next time...

  • 94'

    Neuville has wasted a great chance. It was three on one and he, selfishly, held on to the ball and then hit a shot wide.

  • 93'

    Korkmaz whips in a good ball but Metzelder cuts it out before Kienast can nod home. Corner.

  • 92'

    Tim Borowski is going to get 30 seconds of action as Fritz is replaced. Quite what the point of that is I don't know.

  • 91'

    The final insult from Hoffer, who dismantles a promising counter attack with one stray pass. Frings picks up the ball and hits a shot inches wide.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added...

  • 89'

    Now Germany have a corner as Austria's tournament winds down. They've been plucky, industrious and neat but ultimately, lacking that killer instinct up front. That's what has cost them.

  • 88'

    Klose has a great chance to wrap it up as Hitzelsperger, then Frings work a shooting chance but Macho stands up and makes a good stop.

  • 87'

    So, Germany v Portugal in the semi-final eh? That should be a belter, and on current form, a big Phil Scolari win.

  • 86'

    Leitgeb dinks a ball in the direction of Fuchs (pronounced Fooks by the way) but Friedrich whacks the ball off him and wins a goal kick.

  • 84'

    Ivanschitz looks for Garics in the inside right channel but his cross is right at Lehmann. With a bit more craft up front, and a deadly striker, Austria could have done much better in this group.

  • 83'

    Ivanschitz now fires a lovely ball into Kienast and his touch nearly allows Korkmaz a chance, before Hoffer swivels and hits one left-footed, but it speared well wide of goal.

  • 82'

    Podolski is off, and Oliver Neuville (remember him?) is on.

  • 81'

    Ivanschitz bursts into the box, beats Metzelder, then gets a lucky break that takes him within a whisker of Lehmann's net before Mertesacker gets a vital foot in. Corner.

  • 80'

    From the corner Macho needed to be on his mettle after Ivanschitz's header nearly went into his own net! The keeper punches clear.

  • 79'

    Brave keeping from Macho; he is down at Klose's feet to divert the ball away from goal. He got a whack in the ribs for his trouble and the physio is sprinting on. He's alright though, cos he's a (you know what's coming) Macho Macho man. Sorry.

  • 78'

    Stranzl is the culprit this time. Why he's hoofing a ball 50 yards towards the corner flag I know not. Get it down and play to feet lads. Eh? EH?

  • 77'

    It's Leitgeb's turn to throw a hopeful ball in the direction of Kienast. Lehmann is out to claim.

  • 76'

    Another aimless ball from Korkmaz underlines the fact that Austria lack quite a lot in the final third.

  • 75'

    Kienast has proved a nuisance for Germany's back line but although he gets up well there, no-one can profit from the ricochet.

  • 74'

    Leitgeb sells Frings a dummy before hitting one left-footed. Its deflected and Austria have another corner.

  • 73'

    Lehmann gets the referee's protection as Stranzl challenged him in the air. Keepers still get far too much protection as far as I'm concerned.

  • 72'

    Now a corner for Austria, still time for them to scare Germany if they get a goal back in the next ten minutes I reckon.

  • 71'

    Fuchs (pronounced Fooks by the way) whacks it right into the wall. Then Korkmaz's deep cross goes over the line before Ivanschitz hooks it back in.

  • 70'

    Austria free kick, about 40 yards out. Can they get decent delivery into the mixer?

  • 69'

    Germany are carving Austria open here as gaps continue to emerge at the back. Hitzelsperger gets his first chance to unleash the 'hammer' but his shot is always rising, even when it hits Row Z.

  • 68'

    Kienast introduces himself with a blocked shot then a glancing header that squirms wide of the far post. Better from Austria. Can they nick themselves a glimmer of hope?

  • 67'

    The linesman's flag denies Germany a goal but looking at the replay Podolski was level.

  • 66'

    Last Austrina change, Kienast is on for Harnik.

  • 65'

    Klose gets in front of Pogatetz to recieve Podolski's ball but the left back stayed with him and makes a great block as the striker tried to shoot. Corner.

  • 64'

    Come on Austria! Have a go at them - they're still brittle...

  • 63'

    Two decent chances for Austria to cross but the first one was behind everyone, then the second was too close to Lehmann.

  • 62'

    Podolski pushes up alongside Klose after Gomez's removal. Now an Austria change, Aufhauser is removed and Jurgen Saumel is on.

  • 61'

    Pogatetz gives away a foul then BITES the ball in frustration. Told you he was double nuts.

  • 60'

    German change; the worst player I have seen in the tournament, Gomez, is replaced by Thomas Hitzelsperger.

  • 59'

    Ivanschitz has a go, perhaps seeing if Lehmann's vulnerability gifts him a goal but however far the former Arsenal keeper has fallen, he ain't gonna fumble that one.

  • 58'

    That's better. Ivanschitz sidesteps Frings and releases Korkmaz, but he can't get his cross past Friedrich.

  • 57'

    Still, all it takes is a goal and Germany may get a little twitchy once again...

  • 56'

    Korkmaz dawdles and then gives away a free kick after Klose robs him of the ball. Austria need an injection of life from somewhere.

  • 55'

    Austria change; Hiden off and Leitgeb on. A defender for a midfielder.

  • 54'

    Podolski is the latest to have a punt but he drags his shot narrowly wide.

  • 53'

    Germany look in complete command since the goal. Maybe their nerves have edged away. Austria preparing a change.

  • 52'

    Klasnic has just put Croatia one up against Poland, and it looks like the group is settled.

  • 52'

    Lahm has a jinking run down the left before cutting inside and drilling a low shot just wide.

  • 51'

    So, can we start talking about the impending Germany Portugal quarter final yet? Well, after declaring the Czech Republic were going through when they went two up against Turkey last night you'll forgive me if I hold off on that front for a minute or ten.

  • 50'

    Once again Austria concede a goal within minutes of wasting a glorious chance at the other end. That'll learn them..

  • 49'

    My word he hit that like a rocket! Normally Ballack goes in for benders and curlers, but he's just hammered this right into the top corner. And that should be job done.

  • 49'

    GOAL! Ballack!

  • 48'

    Now Austria's skipper goes in the book for chopping down Lahm in full flight. A deserved booking, and a dangerous free kick.

  • 47'

    Then at t'other end Fritz hesitates as Fuchs (pronounced Fooks by the way) came across to clear. Poor.

  • 46'

    A great chance for Austria within seconds of the restart! Hoffer found himself breaking, two-on-one with Korkmaz in support. He dithered this way and that, with no sense of urgency, and was eventually crowded out. Awful attacking play and a great chance spurned.

  • 46'

    We're off again...

  • 45'

    Austria end the half in the ascendancy, whipping in a cross when they had four up in attack. Podolski clears. A decent game, and drama expected in 15 minutes...

  • 44'

    Two minutes to be added apparently...

  • 43'

    A very poor ball from Stranzl sets Friedrich away on the right, but luckily for the Austrian defender, the right back's ball for Klose is equally poor.

  • 42'

    Back on the pitch Fritz takes a dive to stop an Austrian move, then springs to his feet as soon as they put the ball out of play. What an eejit.

  • 41'

    Joachim Low has wandered into the stand to be greeted by the German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, who has to shove up so he can sit down! Resuffle in the VIP box!

  • 40'

    They had a little pop at each other five minutes ago, but the fourth official has called the ref over and now both coaches will watch the rest of the game from the stands. They did shake hands on their way there though.

  • 39'

    The Austrian coach is having a bit of a ding-dong with the German coach Low and both have been sent to the stands by the rather over-fussy ref. Ridiculous.

  • 38'

    Excellent passage of play from Austria as Garics and Korkmaz combine down the right. Metzelder clears the cross but then Austria build down the left before the ref sees a non-existent foul in the box. Germany not having it all their own way all of a sudden.

  • 37'

    Fuchs edges down the left and wins a corner from Friedrich.

  • 36'

    Garics does well to cover the run of Lahm and clear his lines, before a swift counter on the right ends with Korkmaz firing in a cross for Harnik whose header flies wide.

  • 35'

    Hoffer climbs all over Metzelder as they chased for a through ball. Ref Gonzalez gives the big ugly brute of a centre-back the decision.

  • 34'

    Klose rises superbly well to meet Podolski's centre but his header lacks both power and direction.

  • 33'

    Friedrich and Fritz combine on the right and the latter wins a corner. Germany is no hurry whatsoever to take it.

  • 32'

    Lahm floats one to the back stick for Klose but Gomez can't profit from his knockdown, and he was offside anyway. Rubbish. Get him off.

  • 31'

    Hoffer is booked for a tackle on Podolski. A bit harsh perhaps.

  • 30'

    Macho punches clear from Podolski's corner - exactly what Petr Cech should have done last night during a biblical storm in the Czech Republic Turkey game. Poor old Peter, sorry, Petr.

  • 29'

    Its still 0-0 between Poland and Croatia in Klagenfurt by the way.

  • 28'

    Of course 'mad dog' Pogatetz felt the need to get involved and hurl some abuse at Podolski. What a lovely, balanced chap he is. I wouldn't mess with him mind, he's nuts.

  • 27'

    Studying the replay it looks like Aufhauser has waved a hand in the direction of Podolski's mush - without any great force it has to be said - but he's lucky with these trigger happy refs around that it wasn't spotted.

  • 26'

    Podolski has gone down like a sack of the proverbial, perhaps trying to get Aufhauser in trouble. Let's just say the Polish-born striker isn't the most popular person in Vienna right now.

  • 25'

    Fuchs (pronounced Fooks by the way) hits one out of play after the lively Korkmaz had made a break in behind right-back Friedrich.

  • 24'

    Frings and Podolski try to work the corner short but Garics, and then Harnik, bring the ball clear and Austria breathe again.

  • 23'

    Neat work from Ballack on the right affords Podolski a chance to fire one, which he does, and Macho is down low to make a fine save. Corner.

  • 22'

    Now Aufhauser is penalised for a cheeky challenge from behind on Podolski.

  • 21'

    Aufhauser finds room in the final third and hits one. It was heading wide but Lehmann took no chances and turned it behind for a corner.

  • 20'

    Ballack runs from deep at the other end but Frings' ball is a bit heavy and Macho claims.

  • 19'

    Harnik turns onto his left to cross and Hoffer broke the offside trap but his first touch allowed Lehmann to charge out and smother the danger. First real opening for our co-hosts.

  • 18'

    This is better from the home side - getting down the flanks and testing Germany's centre backs. They don't look rock solid that's for shizzle.

  • 17'

    Hoffer is found by a cracking ball from Pogatetz - then goes down in a tangle with Metzelder but no-one in red screams for a penalty.

  • 16'

    That's poor from Stranzl - he hits one over the top for Harnik but the striker was never going to catch it.

  • 15'

    Mertesacker rises well to win the header and Ivanschitz can't pick a team-mate out when he slings it back in.

  • 14'

    Then Austria relieve a little pressure as Garics wins their first corner. Cue hysteria.

  • 13'

    Hiden gets a super block in after Ballack's cross had found Podolski. He's been lethal in and around the box so far.

  • 12'

    The first card of the evening is shown to Stranzl who slid in on Klose. There was hardly any contact but that doesn't seem to matter to referees in these finals so far.

  • 11'

    A neat spell of passing from Germany ends with Ballack clipping a ball into the box but Stranzl is there ahead of Klose. Its all Germany to date..

  • 10'

    Austria are struggling to get a foothold in this game, and have started very shakily at the back. Germany having success down both flanks so far.

  • 9'

    Sloppy play from Pogatetz allows Friedrich to put a ball right across the face of goal. Had Klose or Gomez been a little more switched on we could have been staring at another guilt-edged chance.

  • 8'

    Gomez tries to amend for his error with a shot from the left edge of the area but if he can't score from two yards he ain't going to pot one from 16 is he?

  • 7'

    So, an early - and big - let-off for Austria. Can they profit from Gomez and his profligacy?

  • 6'

    What a miss! Think Kanu's miss for West Brom a few years back, you know, the one where it seemed harder to miss than score? The ball did bobble a little but still, Gomez HAD to score!

  • 5'

    Amazing! I said Gomez was having a shocker and he's just won the 'miss of the tournament' competition. Klose worked space then slipped the ball across goal for Gomez, who was two yards out goal gaping, and he's mishit it straight up in the air before Garics clears off the line with a header!

  • 4'

    First sight of goal for Germany after a mistake from Stranzl. It was three on two but a superb Stranzl challenge amends for his own error.

  • 3'

    A spell of German possession is greeted with a chorus of whistles and jeers, before a huge cheer goes up as Frings' ball looking for Fritz runs out of play.

  • 2'

    Any sniff of goal will be greeted with a deafening roar from this sell-out crowd. Austria Germany is definitely what you'd call a 'grudge match'.

  • 1'

    We're off!


    Austria, as a nation, are bang up for this. There are about 150,000 fans packed into Vienna's huge fan zone, not to mention those at the ground. They would like nothing better then to dump their neighbours out of the competition. It's do or die and it's live with me, Chris Murphy.


    So, Germany stick with Mario Gomez, who has been abject so far. The hapless Jansen is out through injury, which is just as well as he'd surely have been dropped anyway. Three changes for Austria; Martin Hiden replaces the suspended Proedl, Erwin Hoffer is in for Roland Linz and Christian Fuchs plays instead of Christoph Leitgeb in midfield.


    And Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Fritz, Frings, Ballack, Podolski, Gomez and Klose. Subs from: Enke, Adler, Jansen, Westermann, Rolfes, Neuville, Trochowski, Hitzlsperger, Borowski, Odonkor and Kuranyi.


    The teams, starting with Austria: Macho, Garics, Stranzl, Hiden, Pogatetz, Harnik, Aufhauser, Ivanschitz, Fuchs, Korkmaz and Hoffer. Subs from: Manninger, Ozcan, Standfest, Vastic, Leitgeb, Linz, Gercaliu, Katzer, Patocka, Kienast and Saumel.


    Or it could just be a dour and predictable 1-0 win for Joachim Low's side.


    The danger Germany have is that their opponents Austria have nothing to lose. No-one expects them to win, or even draw, least of all the Germans, but on such nail-biting occasions a hero is always born, and if our co-hosts can create chances as they did against Poland, and produce a killer instinct from somewhere, we could be talking about another night of jaw-dropping drama.


    Welcome one and all to the climax of Group B on an evening where we could see an ignominious exit for the pre-tournament favourites. Germany need to beat Austria to progress, and of course they should, but in games where the stakes are impossibly high, you never know what might happen. See Turkey Czech Republic for example.


    Join us for kick off at 1945BST to see if co-hosts Austria can topple pre-tournament favourites Germany. Both sides have been accused of wetting their pants ahead of the game, so let's see who is wearing the clean trousers after the match.