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On Thursday evening, the kick-off for qualifying for the European Championship 2020 sounded! After 13 European qualifying matches without defeat, the Austrian team suffered at home against Poland a bitter 0: 1 defeat. The Foda-Elf is thus already under pressure after the first 90 minutes. Already on Saturday, the false start can be avoided or made perfect. This results in a very emotional away game for the ÖFB-Elf in Israel!
The Israelis have been relying on Austrian know-how for some months now. Not only team boss Andreas Herzog, but also sporting director Willi Ruttensteiner, goalie coach Klaus Lindenberger or mental coach Markus Rogen have Austrian roots. For the quartet on Sunday, however, does not count the home, because even Israel can be satisfied with the start only conditionally. Both teams are under pressure; Accordingly, there will be a match in which both the home side and the guests play for victory.
In Austria, Andreas Herzog was often ridiculed. Although the former top player repeatedly toyed with the job as a national coach, this responsibility was never given him credit. After Willi Ruttensteiner accepted the offer of Israel, Duke was introduced a little later as a team leader. For the former Germany-Legionnaire it is his first fix job in the adult area. Israel is certainly not a simple patch – yet he managed to develop a euphoria. In the first six internationals, there were three wins and three defeats. In the new Nations League, Israel took second place behind Scotland and ahead of Albania. A ticket for the European Championships over the Nations League will not reach Israel accordingly.
However, the first qualification for a major event is the big goal, in which Andreas Herzog has to be measured in the coming months. The kick-off on Thursday evening did not go according to desire. In the home game against Slovenia, the current number 90 of the FIFA World Ranking had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The guests from Slovenia were the more active team over the entire playing time. Israel had a slight advantage (53-47), but the visitors took more corners and shot on target. China goalkeeper Eran Zahavi scored the equalizer for Israel just after the late start of the second half. The winning goal did not succeed anymore. In the battle for a top two place is a home draw against Slovenia (only one win in the last twelve internationals) too little.
Under Andreas Herzog, many more Arab-born players have found their way into the national team in recent months. The greatest quality in Israel is certainly on the offensive. In addition to scorer Zahavi stands out especially Austrian-Legionär Munas Dabbur out. For the outgoing Salzburg player the duel with his still-adopted home is a special game. Despite these offensive qualities, Herzog relies on a very defensive 5-3-2 system.
A defeat against the group favorites is certainly not a broken leg. However, Austria had great luck and got no “horror” a la France, Spain or Belgium from pot one, but “only” Poland. Although the Poles have a great storm with Lewandowski, Milik and Piatek, they presented themselves in the Happel-Oval as a surprisingly staid team. Austria could create great pressure at the beginning and had the game under control. However, as the game progressed, Poland got a better start and great chances on both sides were in short supply. After a corner and a too short Lindner defense Torgarant Piatek was on the spot and headed from close range to the winner.
After the final whistle the disappointment outweighed the responsible persons, however, was everywhere to hear that the achievement was quite satisfactory. It was certainly arguable because the feeling that eleven players had tried everything with heart and passion may be called into question. Franco Foda’s team did not present themselves with an attractive offensive game, but once again Austria was just a lazy breeze forward.
A second defeat within a few hours should be avoided if possible, otherwise the false start would be perfect. Austria certainly gives hope the fact that the national team has developed “taker qualities” in recent years. In the successful European Championship qualification Austria started with a 1-1 draw against Sweden and then followed by nine wins. In the Nations League there was a defeat against Bosnia, before seven points were taken in three games. Apparently Austria needs this pressure – on Sunday he is in any case available. Compared to Thursday top star David Alaba will not be available due to muscular problems. Since Alaba also acts in the left midfield with Foda instead of on the left defender position, his failure is however to cope. In the last games without Alaba Austria was not necessarily weaker. Qualitatively, the Foda-Elf is more classified and accordingly, the role of favorites between Israel and Austria according to quotas is also justified.
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