September 05, 2009: World Cup 2010 Qualifier, Group 7:

Austria - Faroe Islands 3-1 (2-0)
1-0 Stefan Maierhofer 1'
2-0 Marc Janko 16'
3-0 Marc Janko 59' (pen)
3-1 Andreas Lava Olsen 83'

Austria took the lead within the first minute of the game when unmarked target-man Stefan Maierhofer was at the end of a long high pass to head home from close range.

The Faroese team seemed unorganized for long periods of the first half and Austria could have scored at least twice before they doubled their lead a quarter of an hour through the match when they got to the byline and made a flat cross in front goal for Marc Janko to finish with an easy side-foot.

Austria had other chances in the rest of the half, but they were all squandered.

The Faroes improved slightly in the second half, but Austria still created chances however, but it took an Austrian dive before Austria pulled further ahead on 58 minutes on Jankos’s penalty. - Granted, Austria deserved a penalty when Faroese defender Egil á Bø held an Austrian attacker firmly around his waist a couple of seconds before the incident which the referee awarded the penalty for, but the second accident, which the referee blew for, was a clear dive and at least 10 times more clear than Arsenal’s Eduardo’s dive against Celtic. Will there be a ban here…?

With 10-15 minutes remaining, Andreas Lava Olsen was finally introduced to the game, and his speed immediately created dangerous situations near the Austrian goal. And he was also to get a goal with 8 minutes remaining of normal time when he was played clear by Bogi Løkin, and although the angle had become a bit tight, Lava Olsen brilliantly slipped the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs.

The four goals of the match between Austria and the Faroe Islands

On Wednesday, the Faroe Islands take on Lithuania at home.The reverse in Lithuania a year ago ended with a 1-0 win to the hosts.

All results and table, group 7






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