Bosnia U21 vs Austria U21 by Isaiah
Bosnia & Herzegovina entered the new qualification stage in a best possible way with a 4:1 victory at home over Albania back in June, but they suffered a 4:1 defeat that brought them back to Earth only few days ago when they visited Hungary. Now, they will have a chance to bounce back with a positive result as Austrians visit them this night
As it could be understood, in a group between Hungary, Spain, Albania and Austria, Bosnia is aiming for the second position and tonight's game comes as crucial one as they have to win and must not let Hungarians be the hottest candidate for the second place. They have started the previous game very well, taking a 1:0 lead already in eight minute, but have collapsed in the second half-time, conceding four goals from 50th to 84th minute. Before that match, they had 5-4-0 record in all matches as the team will try to get tonight another victory and quickly forget the previous defeat. Their team tries to attack regardless the opponent and is much more attacking oriented, which can be seen from the fact that they have seen over 2.5 goals in last six qualification matches. Only absentee from the home team should be striker Mesanovic.
Austria started their qualification campaign with a match against probably the easiest opponent in the group as they won over Albania 1:0 on the road in the middle of August, but were also defeated in the second round against Spain at home, with a 2:6 fairly deserved loss, being 1:4 down already after the half-time.
It was obvious that Spain is much stronger, getting into the game very strongly scoring three goals after only seventeen minutes. Although Austrians managed to reduce the deficit with a goal from Kainz, their concentration went down near the half time whistle, while the Spaniards scored fourth goal. Similar to the first half time, they conceded two more goals near the full time whistle, showing that their defense is something that needs to improve as they looked like lacking the concentration during the match. Guests will be without left back Martschinko, while right midfielder Sabitzer was invited for the "A" national team.
Goals are coming easy in matches of these two sides, as both of them look to score rather than to defend. They both have vulnerable defenses, but aiming for the second position in the group, they will have to open up in this one and create very interesting and attacking game.