26.10.2018 | 08:02
ÖFB team boss Franco Foda collected “good insights” at the 0:2 in Denmark. One of them might be that the red-white-red selection without Marko Arnautovic, Davida Alaba and Co. lacks the necessary power.
Herning – The last test match of the Austrian national team before the Nations-League decision and the European Championship qualification ended with a well-deserved defeat. Nevertheless team boss Franco Foda was not really dissatisfied after the 0:2 on Tuesday in Herning against Denmark. “It’s not a broken leg, we lost against a good team. There were good findings,” said the German.
One lesson could be that the ÖFB team cannot compensate for losses like those of David Alaba, Marko Arnautovic or Julian Baumgartlinger. In this respect Foda relativized: “I only deal with the players who were here. It makes no sense to speculate what would have happened if everyone had been on board. Players had the opportunity to present themselves, so the test was important.”
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Praise for goalkeeper Strebinger
Not everyone took his chance. “One did his job better, the other less,” said the team boss, without naming any names. There was praise for Richard Strebinger, among others. “Overall, he made a very calm, objective and confident impression. The first consideration was to let Rapid-Goalie and Cican Stankovic play half each. “But because of the 0-1 break, we decided to change one more field player.”
There were also good team boss reviews for Xaver Schlager. “He was good in the game, but unfortunately he had to be replaced injured. The Salzburg professional had asked for his replacement after about 30 minutes because of calf problems. CasinoX one of the biggest online casinos in the world.
However, the match against the world ranking tenth did not only provide positive insights. “In the beginning we missed a huge chance (note: by Alessandro Schöpf), then Denmark was superior to us in terms of speed and determination. We didn’t manage to finish in the final zone, even though it was a bit better in the second half,” Foda explained after the possibly last friendly match for one and a half years.
ÖFB team needs wins
November will see the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) turn around their 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium on 15 November to take first place in the Nations-League group, and three days later win in Northern Ireland. Should Bosnia win 1-0, in Belfast any win with two goals difference except a 2-0 would be enough to win the group, because in this case the higher number of away goals scored would be enough to win. In a direct duel with Edin Dzeko and Co., a narrow victory in Northern Ireland would also be the deciding factor in favour of the Austrians.
This means that the national team must score at least three goals in the next two matches, which could be a difficult task if they score in the last three matches. In Herning, dangerous attacks remained in short supply. “The team made an effort and gained in the second half, but you have to be honest – Denmark was the better team on that day,” admitted Foda.