No wonder: austria realistic after defeat

No wonder: austria realistic after defeat

Once again, there was no miracle with soccer. Austria reacted with resignation to the latest soccer defeat against favorite opponent germany.

Before the meeting in munich, the alpine kickers had still loudly promised each other courage. After decades to create again a victory against the rough neighbor, had made the eleven of marcel koller in the homeland a legend. Now the focus is on the ireland game in vienna: winning is mandatory.

"It was a clear-cut affair," analyzed the team boss after the unequal brotherly duel. "We had to do a lot of legwork, but we were never able to really grab the germans."He was disappointed with the result, but the team had given everything: "germany is a world-class team."

Germany was one class better, said austria’s new soccer star david alaba of FC bayern munich: "the germans let the ball and us run, we had almost no access."The team didn’t find any playful means to stand up to it, said martin harnik (vfb stuttgart), disappointed: "we said during the week that we want to believe in ourselves, but i didn’t see anything of that, especially in the first half."

"Austria had no chance" was the headline of the "kronenzeitung" and stated: "as so often against germany: everything given, but nothing achieved."Dream of a miracle became a nightmare", wrote "austria". Sturmer legend toni polster complained in the newspaper: "once again, the sensation failed to materialize. Again we have to put up with the rude words of our favorite neighbor. Again we have to wait for the next cordoba."

After the 3:2 victory 35 years ago at the world cup in cordoba, argentina, austria has not won a compulsory match against germany. But for ex-national coach and cordoba goalkeeper hans krankl the victory of the neighbors is okay: "their rough quality has won", he judged in "austria".

The defeat of the 55th-ranked team in the fifa world rankings against the second-ranked team should not cause anyone sleepless nights: "this game won’t break our self-confidence at all," announced the erratic left-back christian fuchs (schalke 04). The world cup chance is still alive: "but now it’s time for austria: losing is forbidden", warned the "kronenzeitung".

"If we want to keep our chance, we have to win against ireland. We must not make ourselves crazy now and must regenerate well, then it will go well," said aleksandar dragovic (dynamo kiev). And the coach said: "it is a difficult situation for us. The game is very important for ireland and for us. I expect a very intense fight game."

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