Marc Janko scores spectacular winner for Austria in Russia
Marc Janko scored with a spectacular overhead kick as Austria maintained
their grip on European Championship qualifying Group G with a 1-0 away
win over Russia. Second-placed Sweden beat Montenegro 3-1, with Zlatan
Ibrahimovic scoring two goals.
Janko’s winner came in the 33rd minute after Russia’s Denis Glushakov
blocked two attempts by Zlatko Junozovic inside the penalty area. The
rebound rose high and Janko timed his jump perfectly to score with his
back to goal. Julian Baumgartlinger then missed a chance to make it 2-0
when he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
After a poor first half, Russia improved in the second, testing the Austria
goalkeeper Robert Almer with a series of attempts. Aleksandr Kerzhakov
headed wide in the 88th minute and Russia failed to mount any pressure
in injury time.
The result means Austria remain undefeated in the group with 16 points,
eight clear of Russia, who are third. Fabio Capello’s team have won only
two of their last 10 competitive matches, including a win by default due
to crowd trouble in Montenegro.
Sweden moved up to 12 points after three goals within six minutes gave
Erik Hamren’s side a 3-0 half-time lead against the Montenegrins. Marcus
Berg headed in a cross from Albin Ekdal in the 38th minute and Ibrahimovic
added two goals before the break.
Dejan Damjanovic scored a penalty in the 64th to bring Montenegro back
into the game. Within minutes, Fatos Beciraj had a great chance to score
a second for the visitors, but the keeper Andreas Isaksson made a diving
At the bottom of the group, Liechtenstein and Moldova drew 1-1 in Vaduz.
Sandro Wieser gave the home team the lead with a powerful long-range strike
after 20 minutes but Moldova’s Gheorghe Boghiu equalised before half-time
after a pass from Nicolae Milinceanu.
14 June 2015
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Russia 0 - 1 Austria
June 14, 2015
Moscow. Otkrytie Arena
Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Igor Smolnikov, Vasily Berezutski (Nikita Chernov,
12), Ivan Novoseltsev, Dmitry Kombarov (Aleksandr Kerzhakov, 71), Oleg
Shatov, Oleg Ivanov (Aleksey Miranchuk, 46), Denis Glushakov, Roman Shirokov
(c), Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksandr Kokorin.
Coach: Fabio Capello (Italy).
Austria: Robert Almer, Florian Klein, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger,
Christian Fuchs (c), Martin Harnik (Marcel Sabitzer, 65), Stefan Ilsanker,
Julian Baumgartlinger, Zlatko Junuzovic (Sebastian Prodl, 86), Marko Arnautovic,
Marc Janko (Rubin Okotie, 75).
Coach: Marcel Koller.
Goal: Janko (33).
Yellow cards: Kokorin (80), Klein (87).