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Austria 1-1 Poland

Emanuel Pogatetz believes Austria can beat Germany in the final group match

Austria coach Josef Hickersberger believes justice was done after his side earned a 1-1 draw with Poland thanks to a stoppage-time penalty.

Austria spurned a host of first-half chances and Hickersberger said: "They had their backs to the wall, we should have been 2-0 up but we didn't score.

"My team reacted well after falling 1-0 behind to a goal that was offside.

"The sport of football is not always about justice: when the referee decides something, it is like he is God."

The draw kept Austria's slim hopes of qualifying alive, although they have to beat Germany in their final game and hope that Poland do not win by a greater margin against Croatia.

Poland's goal looked like it should have been ruled offside, but perhaps unsurprisingly Hickersberger refused to criticise English referee Howard Webb.


"From my point of view I could not see an offside but I was told that it was offside," he added. "If the referee doesn't whistle it is a goal.

"I didn't see any clear chances for goals in our second half but we did have them in the first half and it was the same against Croatia.

"Tactics were blamed that day, this may have been something different."

Austria's goalscorer Ivica Vastic became the oldest goalscorer in European Championship finals history at 38 and he said they must now keep their nerve to beat Germany in the final Group B game on Monday.

"We had many chances tonight without converting them," said Vastic. "But as one saw the most difficult thing to do is to score goals.

"It is now all down to the Germany match and it is vital we have stronger nerves than our opponents."

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