Austria vs Uruguay by JerryDrake
Date: March 5, 2014, 20:30
Stadium: Wörthersee-Stadion, Klagenfurt (Austria)
Forget what you saw at the Confederations Cup and at the World Cup qualifying. This Uruguay will mostly look like the one who drew 0-0 at home against Jordan (more than enough to qualify after their 5-0 win in Jordan). Uruguay will miss Edinson Cavani, Abel Hernández and Martin Cáceres.
Forget how weak Austria usually are in International competitions. Even though they not qualified to the World Cup their Swiss coach Marcel Koller is doing a great job. I never saw in the last 10 years Austria playing two home games like they did against Sweden in June 2013 (2-1) and against Ireland (1-0) in September, maybe only at the European Championships 2008. They gave their best to qualify but they are still not ready for it.
Now after these positive developments due to their good trainer, I expect Austria to give their best in this International friendly in Klagenfurt. Bayern midfield player Alaba should be in the starting line-up although he will have to be fit for the London fixture against Arsenal in one week. Arnautovic and Janko should also start the match from the first minute.
No need to write that the most dangerous player at the Uruguay side will be Luis Suárez. Also no need to introduce him as he is one of the most productive striker in the world. I am actually surprised by the low degree of class and culture of the Austrian journalists. If Austria face Italy, you will find headlines in the newspapers like: “Lets eat spaghetti today” or something like that. If they face Turkey they write things like “Lets eat a kebab tonight”. Now that they face Uruguay and Suarez, the headline at Kurier.at is: “Austria face the cannibals” (they try to be sarcastic referring to the fact that Suarez has bitten a player once). Their equation in their mind is: "if one player bites another player, all players of his country are cannibals".
OK, no matter how elegant and original some Austrian journalists are (they arent), I consider coach Koller a good coach and Austria a good team. Koller's players have been improving day by day since his arrival and I think that they are not going to concede many goals as they used to do in the past. They can actually win this game.
Goalkeepers: Almer, Lindner, Özcan
Defenders: Dragovic, Fuchs, Garics, Hinteregger, Klein, Pogatetz, Prödl, Suttner
Midfield: Alaba, Arnautovic, Burgstaller, Harnik, Ivanschitz, Junuzovic, Kavlak, Leitgeb, Sabitzer
Forwards: Janko, Weimann, Hinterseer
Goalkeepers: Muslera, Silva
Defenders: Lugano, Godín, Giménez, Fucile, Silva, Pereira
Midfield: Gargano, Pérez, Ríos, González, A. Pereira, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Ramírez
Forwards: Forlan, Suárez, Stuani
Not called up or injured: Hosiner (Austria), M. Caceres, Cavani, Munoz (Uruguay)
My correct score: 2-2 Janko, Alaba, Stuani, Suarez
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