Austria next slips into bankruptcy in World Cup qualification.
The OFB-Elf lost on the sixth match day of Group F with 0:1 against the defensively strong Schöten (Game Report >>>) and thus lost their last chance to qualify directly for the World Cup final.
Franco Foda’s team disappointed particularly aggressively against the British across the board, with only a few players coming close to living up to their quality this evening.
LAOLA1 Analyzes the performance of all FB actors and distributes grades (1 = very good, 2 = good, 3 = satisfactory, 4 = adequate, 5 = insufficient).
These are the grades for FB Kickers:
Daniel Bachchan (Watford/9 International), 90 mins, Grade: 3
At least tonight someone can blame him. A few minutes later, Bachmann captured the void with a strong save against Dykes, and he was nearly on the Scotsman’s penalty. He allowed Austria to stage the Open final in the 68th minute after crossing well against O’Donnell. His mistake, when he struck the lawn brilliantly in the 60th minute, was not punished.
Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin / 16/0), 90 min, Grade: 3
Against Scotland, the Union Berlin Legionnaire was seeded over Philippe Mwene, but proved only to a limited extent that he could be a serious substitute for Stefan Lenner. Trimmel had little to do defensively, but he did his job with great commitment and dueling power. On the offensive, however, he could not set the tone against the strong Scottish side around Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson.
Alexander Dragovic (Red Star Belgrade/96/2), 90 min, yellow, grade: 4
The 30-year-old had major problems getting the uncomfortable Che Adams under control, with Dragovic repeatedly escaping from the fast Southampton striker. In the end, Red Star Legionnaires was lucky that the loss of the ball was not penalized after the unsuccessful advance, as Bachmann later had a leg against O’Donnell. In stoppage time, the veteran picked up the yellow for the referee’s criticism.
Martin Hintergeger (Eintracht Frankfurt/62/4), 90 min, yellow, grade: 5
Now a completely failed birthday for the 29-year-old! For an exceedingly difficult attack, Carinthian saw the yellow in the half, which could have turned into a traffic light card if referee Kabakov remained tough against Adams in an unnecessary penalty foul in wrestling fashion. Hintergeger himself did not see a penalty worthy of a foul, but that opinion was typical of one or two TV experts. After switching sides, Eintracht Legionnaire almost took the penalty himself, but Hanley’s foul occurred moments earlier. In the end Hinteregger’s blackout proved to be the deciding factor.
David Alaba (Real Madrid / 88/14), 90 min, Note: 4
The effort of the FB captain today cannot be denied. The real star plowed up and down the left wing and hit the flank which were not harmless at all. Problem with it: For the long Scottish defence, high balls were easy prey, with hardly a cross from Albas finding its way to a teammate. A heavily worn corner reached its target shortly before the end. It’s a shame the Baumgartner Alaba’s pointy part couldn’t go over the line.
Florian Grilitsch (TSG Hoffenheim/29/1), 90 mins, Grade: 5
The surprise was great when Grylitsch appeared in the OFB’s starting XI against Scotland. A television insert on Saturday incorrectly described Lower Austrian as being yellow-banned for Scotland’s game. Anyway a lock doesn’t make much difference. The 26-year-old acted extremely invisible on Tuesday, unable to play his role as an alleged game designer at all. In recent times he has shown how important he can be.
Stefan Ilsanker (Eintracht Frankfurt / 56/0), 56th minute, Grade: 5
Perfectly used day for Salzburg against Scotland. The 32-year-old played his first game after a 4-0 loss against Denmark as his physical strength spoke for him. Although Ilsanker could hardly do anything against the Scots, he was hardly involved in the making of the game, despite much effort. He was sacrificed to striker Gregorish shortly after the break. He was unable to hide his anger about the replacement immediately after the game or during the ORF interview.
KONRAD LAIMER (RB LEIPZIG/16/1), up to 88th minute, Grade: 3
As in the Euros against the Italians and the Ukrainians, Laimer started on the right wing and was able to drive the FB game into a strong early stage and bring the momentum with victory on the ball. After switching sides, the 24-year-old transferred to HQ and tried his hand at being a playwright who doesn’t exactly fit the profile of the stifling monster. After 88 minutes and several empty kilometres, the limer was replaced.
Louis Schaub (1st FC Cologne / 25/6), 77th minute, Grade: 5
The idea behind Cologne Legionnaire’s nomination for the starting line-up was clear: Schaub should have slashed holes in the deep Scottish defensive through his technique and agility, as he did against Moldova. However, the 26-year-old barely got into dribbling, especially at half-time with one in ten not appearing at all. In the second half, Schaub took a right-wing stance but could hardly set any accent there too.
Christoph Baumgartner (TSG Hoffenheim/17/5), 90 mins, Grade: 3
Against Scotland, the Lower Austrian Blues were one of the few bright spots in OFB attendance. Due to his lively style of play, the Scots were most likely to cause problems for him that evening, and repeated Hoffenheim Legionnaire’s dribbles ensured a space advantage. For example in minute 16, when Baumgartner Hendry danced and barely moved past the far corner. It is sad that the 22-year-old failed his header strength in the 79th minute. Had he beheaded a little more purposefully, Austria would have at least been out of the draw. There could have been a penalty after O’Donnell tested an elbow against Baumgartner shortly before the break.
Marko Arnutovic (FC Bologna / 94/28), 90 min, Grade: 5
That evening the Bologna general did not know anything. Against the physically present Scots, Arnautovic hung completely in the air with several high balls, this time against Israel not even a stroke of genius was seen. The Viennese looked extremely disappointed and was lucky that referee Kabakov ignored a test of a bad shoulder in the face of Scottish young Gilmour. A real opportunity just missed the gate.
Michael Gregoritsch (FC Augsburg/31/5), from the 56th minute, grade: 5
The tall Styrian was a response to several high balls from Franco Foda which Austria hit repeatedly in the penalty area unsuccessfully. However, Gregorits could do nothing against the Scottish giants, played a horribly bad pass to Alaba, who was a few meters away, and again did not attend the OFB game at all.
Andreas Ulmer (Red Bull Salzburg/28/0), from the 77th minute, note: too short was used.
Yusuf Demir (FC Barcelona / 3/0), from the 77th minute, note: used too short
ERCAN KARA (Rapid / 4/0), from the 88th minute, Note: Too short inserted
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