Thursday, 12 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Austria 1-1 Poland

Ivica Vastic's last-gasp penalty kept Austria in contention to reach the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, salvaging a draw against a Poland side who had looked set to take three points thanks to Roger Guerreiro's first-half goal and some inspired goalkeeping from Artur Boruc.

Group B - Matchday 2
Ernst-Hapel-Stadion, Vienna
Co-hosts Austria were given a Euro 2008 lifeline when Ivica Vastic scored a stoppage-time penalty against Poland. English referee Howard Webb ruled that Mariusz Lewandowski hauled down Sebastian Proedl and substitute Vastic slammed the penalty past Artur Boruc. Boruc had earlier made a string of stunning saves to deny Poland, with Martin Harnik wasting two fine chances. Poland's goal came when Roger Guerreiro converted a first-half cross from an offside position three yards out. It was a dramatic end in Vienna and both sides' chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals remain slim, though Vastic's goal does send Croatia through to the last eight.

The co-hosts will have to beat Germany to reach the last eight on Monday, while Poland have to beat Croatia.

Austria: Macho, Garics, Prodl, Stranzl, Pogatetz, Leitgeb, Aufhauser (Saumel 74), Ivanschitz (Vastic 64), Korkmaz, Harnik, Linz (Kienast 64).
Poland: Boruc, Wasilewski, Jop (Golanski 46), Bak, Zewlakow, Dudka, Lewandowski, Krzynowek, Roger (Murawski 85), Saganowski (Lobodzinski 83), Smolarek.

[Euro 2008 Group B]

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