Euro 2008 PREVIEW: Group B, Austria vs Poland
Thursday, June 12, 2045 CET
Vienna (Austria) – Travel to Vienna
THE BIG PICTURE
Two losers from the first round of matches meet. Poland and their madcap offside trap were no match for Germany, but Austria looked about ten times better than expected in the narrow loss to Croatia. A victory here would be the only way for either to maintain a realistic shot at qualification.
Three Key Players:
Martin Harnik – looks Austria’s most lively forward vs Croatia
Andreas Ivanschitz – didn’t quite live to his billing in the first game
Sebastian Prodl – impressive young defender
Visit j at the Austria Euro 2008 Team Blog for more.
Three Key Players:
Roger Guerreiroski – all that fuss about naturalizing the Brazilian and then they kept him on the bench for most of the game against Gemany. Roger and his left foot might see more action today
Jacek Bak – the 35 year old defender will need to organize his back line better, will also wear the armband after Maciej Zurawski’s injury
Ebi Smolarek – disappointing and ultimately withdrawn against Germany, but capable of much much more
Visit Tomasz at the Poland Euro 2008 Team Blog for more.
Martin Harnik vs Polish offside trap – Harnik has the pace to cause Poland problems
Roger vs Rene Aufhauser – assuming Roger replaces the injured Zurwaski as Poland’s attacking mid, he’ll come up against Austria’s experienced defensive mid, who gave away that clumsy penalty to Croatia.
Ivica Vastic vs Father Time – 38 year old Vastic looked all class when he came off the bench in Austria’s opening game. He should be able to contribute more today.
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