In the first game of the newly created Nations League, Austria will be beaten 1-0 in Bosnia.
Zenica – Austria’s national football team has made a false start in the Football Nations League. Marko Arnautovic and Co. suffered an unearned 0-1 (0-0) defeat on Tuesday evening in Zenica near Bosnia-Herzegovina. AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko missed ÖFB team boss Franco Foda’s debut match with his 78th-minute goal.
It was the second defeat under Foda in the eighth game after a test 0:3 against Brazil on 10 June. The remaining six games the Austrians had all won. Now group 3 in the B-League of the new competition is already looking bad. After two games Bosnia has already lost six points to Austria and Northern Ireland. The two teams with no points will have their second match on 12 October (20:45) in a direct duel in Vienna, where only one victory counts. Bosnia had defeated Northern Ireland 2:1 at the start.
Schöpf only on the bench
ÖFB team boss Franco Foda changed his team in only two positions compared to the latest 2-0 test in Vienna against Sweden. Michael Gregoritsch and Valentino Lazaro replaced the Schalkers Guido Burgstaller and Alessandro Schöpf in the offensive. Stefan Lainer, who had been struck last, was part of the match and part of the midfield in a 3-4-3 formation. Offensive star Marko Arnautovic led his team as captain for the first time ever.
The ÖFB team started aggressively into the game, disturbed early, stood very high and was very good in the game from the beginning. A Zulj shot was deflected to the corner (12th), while Bosnia-Goalie Ibrahim Sehic was at the post (14th) with a shot from Arnautovic, who was repeatedly booed by the home crowd. In the 22nd minute Sturms Zulj again found a shot chance, but this time he aimed clearly over it (22nd). It was the last successful ÖFB final before the break.
Ibrahim Sehic Honours
- Bosnian Premier League: 2009–10
- Bosnian Cup: 2010–11
- Azerbaijan Premier League: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Azerbaijan Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Two times luck before the break
The Bosnians got in better shape, became more courageous and suddenly had more of the game. The Foda team was no longer recognizable. Many bad passes shaped their game, therefore nothing worth mentioning came off offensively. Sebastian Prödl and Co. stood suddenly also very deeply and let the necessary aggressiveness miss something. The ÖFB troops therefore needed the necessary luck twice. Toni Sunjic slipped just past a Pjanic corner in the fifth (27th), and Edin Dzeko, who was ready for the shot, missed a Duljevic flank (40th).
The Austrians were not able to put off the uncertainty even after the restart. Tormann Heinz Lindner fisted a Pjanic flank at the feet of Duljevic, whose shot was just blocked by Lainer (56th). To the front nothing ran together playfully, shots of Lazaro (66.) and David Alaba (69.) brought only rudimentary goal danger. The Bosnians presented themselves somewhat better and were therefore not wrongly rewarded with the leading goal. Arnautovic lost the ball, which came via Elvis Saric to Dzeko, who was attacked too timidly and shot into the long corner. Read Nissi Casino’s review here!
The ÖFB eleven was not able to put a damper on it, and the receipts of Marcel Sabitzer, Guido Burgstaller and Louis Schaub did not change anything. Schaub found the only chance to equalize in the final phase, but slipped past a Lainer flank (91st). More dangerous, however, were the hosts, where Salzburg’s Darko Todorovic played right in the defence. Lazaro rescued Krunic on the line (95th) with a shot from Rade in highest emergency. For Austria, who disappointed over long distances in the first match of the competition after almost eleven months, it was the first bankruptcy in the fourth duel with the Bosnians after one victory and two draws before.