Austria 1-3 Croatia
Goals: Baumgartner (9me) for Austria // Modric (6me), Livaja (69me) and Lovren (72me) for Croatia
Not even ten minutes, and already two goals.
You must not be late in front of your television or at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, because this Austria-Croatia counts for the sixth and last day of the League of Nations in group A. Because if the Vatreni have reached the end of Rot-Weiss-Roten, the two teams were hit by hit from the first moments of the match. First with Modrić, who calmly opened the scoring. Then Baumgartner, who immediately responded with a header off a Sabitzer cross. Subsequently, Baumgartner himself came close to signing the double (attempt too crossed) while Arnautović – who became the player with the most caps for his team, with 103 caps – could have celebrated his record with a win if Livaković had not won his heads up. .
103&95 – Marko Arnautović will play his 103rd match for Austria tonight, equaling the national record held by Andreas Herzog. For his part, David Alaba equals Toni Polster and his 95 appearances. brothers #FRAAUT pic.twitter.com/uarCMyB7pW
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 22, 2022
After this first quite advantageous time for the locals, the second started more slowly. In fact, the chances were much rarer, since it was past the hour of play that Sabitzer was still hitting his free kick off the opposite wall. However, the visitors, who did not seem to be in for a great night, managed to win: once Gregoritsch’s helmet was stopped by Livaković, Livaja (from the edge, on a decisive Perišić pass) and Lovren (from the skull another time, after a transmission from Majer) offered the three points to his country. And again, Perišić found the bar a little later.
Three whims that give Croatia first place in the pool and save France from relegation, promised to Austria.
Austria (4-4-2): Lindner-Trimmel (Lainer, 62me), Posch (Wöber, 62me), Danso, Álaba – Baumgartner (Schmid, 82me), Seiwald, Schlager, Sabitzer-Arnautović (Cham, 63me), Gregortisch (Onisiwo, 82me). Coach: ranknick.
Croatia (4-3-3): Livaković – Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic (Sosa, 62me) – Modrić, Brozović (Majer, 18me), Kovacic (Kramaric, 84me) – Vlasic (Pasalic, 84me), Budimir (Livaja, 62me), Perisic. Coach: Dalic.