Austrian beat Poland to line up a vital game with France tomorrow

Posted On 25th July 2014

Photograph: EHF/Frank Uijlenbroek (c)
25/07/2014: In a very close first half, neither team wanted to make mistakes as it was a vital game for both teams to get some points in this Relegation Pool C and indeed 3 points may well be the necessary points to earn a place in the FIH Junior World Cup in 2016. 25th minute a fortunate goal by Austria’s Mathias PODPERA, a scoop over the keeper was enough to put Austria ahead, 1-0.
Poland was awarded their first corner of the game in the dying seconds but the shot went wide. It was 1-0 to Austria at the half.
In the second half the Austrians took advantage of the break to reassess and came out with intent. In the 40th minute Franz LINDENGRUN put Austria 2-0 ahead but Poland however pressed hard and won a stroke as the Austrian defender was deemed to have broken down play in the D intentionally. Marcin LEWARTOWSKI stood up and flicked the ball low and hard. 2-1, and game on.
Poland earned a PC in the 54th minute but the variation went wide. As the game went into the final 10 minutes Austria kept their heads and their discipline and were rewarded with a third goal from Leon THÖRNBLOM in the 65th minute which put the game beyond Poland.
The Pool C now looks like this, with Spain qualified for the FIH Junior World Cup, and will remain in the Championships in 2016. Poland can no longer hope to be in the Junior World Cup, but the final place will be decided tomorrow morning between Austria and France.
Team       Pl W D L GD Pts
Spain       2   2 0 0  5    6
Austria   2   1 0 1  1     3
France    2   1 0 1  -3   3
Poland    2   0 0 2 -3   0
Final score 3-1
’25 4 Mathias PODPERA AUT (FG) 0 – 1
’40 5 Franz LINDENGRUN AUT (FG) 0 – 2
’50 10 Marcin LEWARTOWSKI POL (PS) 1 – 2
’65 22 Leon THÖRNBLOM AUT (FG) 1 – 3

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