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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Austria 2-2 Scotland
Kenny Miller celebrates his opening goal
Scotland conceded two late goals in Graz to miss out on a rare away win in the friendly with Austria.

Kenny Miller raced clear to round goalkeeper Helge Payer and score after just three minutes.

And Garry O'Connor drilled in a low shot from 20 yards for his first Scotland goal with 39 minutes gone.

Andreas Ibertsberger saw his 30-yard strike fly into the net and Joachim Standfest headed in a loose ball after Rab Douglas spilled a long range shot.

Scotland turned in an impressive first half display, with Miller full of running and Christian Dailly and Brian O'Neil forming a formidable barrier in central midfield.

Walter Smith's team, missing a number of regular starters, were well-organised and did the simple things well until the final seven minutes.

The loss of late goals was hard to take but Smith will have seen much to hearten him ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Italy and Norway.

Scotland made the perfect start, stealing into an early lead.

Nigel Quashie won the ball with a sliding challenge, quickly got to his feet and released Miller with a pass in behind the Austrian defence.

The Wolves striker raced away and skipped past advancing goalkeeper Payer before slamming the ball home from an acute angle.

Austria replied with a powerful free-kick from skipper Andreas Ivanschitz but Craig Gordon made a smart save to push the ball away.

Steven Pressley then gave Hearts team-mate Gordon a fright with a hopelessly miscued clearance which spun up onto the roof of the net.

Dietmar Kuhbauer was the next home player to threaten but his 22-yard drive whistled wide of the target.

Scotland made life difficult for the home side, getting numbers behind the ball, and Rene Aufhauser's shot from distance was comfortably gathered by Gordon.

Garry O'Connor celebrates his first international goal
O'Connor celebrates his first international goal

Six minutes before the interval Scotland doubled their advantage and O'Connor was celebrating his first international goal.

Brian O'Neil slipped a clever pass to the Hibs youngster who struck a low first-time shot into the corner of the net.

Austria almost replied immediately but Christian Mayrleb's close range effort flashed inches wide.

The industrious Miller did well to spin away from his marker in the closing minutes of the half and his drive from 20 yards was saved at full stretch by Payer.

Scotland, with Douglas, Russell Anderson, Scott Severin and Derek Riordan introduced at the restart, continued to work but were given a warning when Ivanschitz sent a shot just wide.

Play was scrappy and disjointed for much of the second period but a disciplined Scotland rearguard gave the home side little room to manoeuvre.

But, in the 83rd minute, Ibertsberger let fly with a speculative long range shot and the ball swerved into the top corner of the net.

Four minutes later Douglas could only tamely push away another strike from distance and Standfest was first to arrive and head the ball home.


Austria: Payer (Schranz 46), Gercaliu, Dospel (Standfest 54), Pogatetz, Ehmann, Aufhauser, Schopp (Ibertsberger 68), Kuhbauer (Saumel 77), Mayrleb (Kuljic 66), Ivanschitz, Vastic (Akagunduz 66). Subs Not Used: Feldhofer.

Goals: Ibertsberger 83, Standfest 87.

Scotland: Gordon (Douglas 46), Pressley (Anderson 46), Webster, Caldwell, McNamara, Dailly, O'Neil (Severin 46), Quashie (Richard Hughes 73), Alexander, O'Connor, Miller (Riordan 46). Subs Not Used: Marshall, Beattie.

Goals: Miller 3, O'Connor 39.

Att: 13,800

Ref: Selcuk Dereli (Turkey).




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