World Cup dream over: FB Women fail in play-off against Scotland

World Cup dream over: FB Women fail in play-off against Scotland

Bitter end for Austria women’s national team in World Cup qualification. They lost 1–0 to Scotland in the first round of the play-offs.

The Scots found the right means against Austria.
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The 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will take place without Austrian participation.

World Cup Qualification, Playoff

fb selection Lost in the opening round of the European play-offs at Glasgow’s venerable Hampden Park on Thursday Scotland After extra time with 0:1. This means that OFB’s dream of participating in the World Championships for the first time is quickly shattered. The Scots, on the other hand, will take on Ireland again in the second round in front of their home visitors on Tuesday.

Abigail Harrison (92nd), a substitute working for Bristol City in the Second English Division, made the decision in front of a new Scottish women’s record crowd of 10,182 spectators at the Scottish National Stadium. Austrian players never really came close to the level of performance shown at the European Championships in England on the way to the quarter-finals. Thus, the fourth duel with the Scots also ended in defeat. And that’s after a game with some opportunities for both sides.

Strong start for Scotland

With heavy rain and occasional strong winds, the weather in Glasgow was almost the same on match day since the OFB team Kickers arrived in Scotland on Monday. The hosts felt more comfortable, played the game before the break and were convinced by a very safe ball performance. The only drawback was that he didn’t try to finish in decisive territory. As a result, the defense of the OFB goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger in a duel with striker Martha Thomas (14th) was the only one for the time being.

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The FB squad, which began in a 4-1-4 formation, tried not to score a goal at the top and were very secure on the defensive. Going a little further, only twice when there was a shot there was at least something in the air. Nicole Billa shoots the net from her left (24′), Julia Hikelsberger-Fuller hits the top of the bar after Zadrazil’s opening act (43′).

Austrians can’t take advantage of opportunities

After the restart, the situation was better without rain and the Fuhrmann-Elf acted much more courageously and thus had more shares in the game. Henshaw shot from long distance goes wide (68′). However, the longer the game went on, the more balanced things became. Both teams were looking for a decision. On the Austrian side, a shot from Katja Wienerroither, who had just come on as a substitute, was too weak (85′), another shot from just outside the box went wide (87′). It should be paid.

In the end, the Scots were close to scoring the winning goal, and for the first time the crowd was really a factor, causing quite a stir. This also did not change in extra time, as it started to the liking of supporters. Harrison enters the net from a Cuthbert corner. The offensive player nearly managed a double strike, but OFB captain Carina Weininger was able to direct a header into the corner (99th).

The equalizer was only in the air, a shot from the mist did not find its way into the target (101st). Simultaneously, after celebrating with their team boss Irene Führmann the previous evening in the team quarters in Glasgow on the occasion of the election, the Austrians left the pitch in front of the eyes of the OFB leadership around President Gerhard Miletich. For Instructor Personality of the Year.

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Nothing will come of a “really good performance” as expected with Ireland on Tuesday at the NV Arena in St. World No. 23 Scotland, ranked slightly worse than Austria (20th), may dream of participating in the World Cup for the second time after 2019.


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