UEFA European Championship

Season 3 Episode 12

Euro 2008 - Group B : Austria 1-1 Poland

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Aired Unknown Jun 12, 2008 on ESPN
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  • Mixed emotions for both teams fans. A late penalty by Vastic brought the game level for Austria, equalizing Roger Guerreiro's goal at first-half.

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    The fate of the match could have easily been different for either team. In the first 20 minutes of the match, Austria was all over the pitch, hammering Poland from everywhere with everything they 've got. But there was a big wall in Poland's posts and that wall had a name. Artur Boruc. The goalkeeper of Glasgow Celtic (for how long?) said no twice to Harnik in 11' and 14' and to LEitbeg in 16'. And we are not talking about long shot and lucky headers, we are talking about one-on-one situations, the ones where the goalkeeper is the last man standing there.

    And Football's Unwritten Rule Number 1 took place just minutes later. When you don't score having missed so many and great chances, you find yourself conceding a goal. Roger Guerreiro didn't miss. Half of the goal belongs to Saganowski who made a very good effort from the right and saw his shot strike to Pogatetz before landing to Guerreiro's feet and sending the ball past Macho.

    Beenhakker wasn't blind. Everybody could see that Jop was terrible. So he put Golanski in, and moved Zewlakow to the centre of Poland's defence. Austria gained possession but didn't do much. In fact, it was Poland that actually missed a couple of chances to finish the game, but Smolarek's shot in 51' was saved by Macho. Same thing happened in 63' with Bak and Lewandowski firing at will but Macho said no.

    Austria's captain Andreas Ivancitz got subbed under "cheers" of disrespect (for him or Austria's manager?). It was like Poland was playing at home. POLSKA POLSKA again and again and again, louder and louder... Everything showed that Poland was going to win this one. Free kick for Austria in 91', the referee orders to be retaken... everybody pauses and watches the ball... everybody but the referee who awards a penalty to Lewandowski's pulling-shirt to Prodl.

    Veteran Vastic didn't miss and Austria grabbed the point which might proved useful IF they manage Germany to an upset.
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