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Austria U21 1-0 Scotland U21

Andreas Weimann celebrates the only goal of the game
Austria were narrow winners in a closely-contested match

Scotland were left to rue a number of missed chances as they slipped to defeat in their U21 European Championship qualifier away to Austria.

A sloppy pass from Scott Arfield was punished when the home side sprung forward and Andreas Weimann slammed home a strike on 57 minutes.

It was the Aston Villa youngster's first touch after coming off the bench.

Scotland had been the livelier side in the first half but could not find a way past home keeper Lukas Konigshofer.

Scotland were looking to build on back-to-back wins over Albania, while Austria lost their opening match in Belarus.

And it was the visitors who made all the early running, with Burnley's Kevin McDonald and Peterborough's Paul Coutts running the show from midfield.

Scotland's best chance came on 16 minutes when Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire headed just over from a Jamie Murphy cross.

The goal breathed live into a previously lethargic Austrian side and 17-year-old Bayern Munich star David Alaba, who crossed for the decisive strike, began to torment the Scottish defence.

On the hour, Alaba went close with a scorching long-range drive, while his 65th-minute corner was headed goalwards by Nihiu and cleared off the line by Chris Mitchell.

The last 10 minutes were all Scotland as Billy Stark's team frantically pressed for an equaliser.

Substitute John Fleck fired a shot straight at the keeper in the 80th minute and Konigshoffer made a good save from the Rangers midfielder's header five minutes later.

A goalmouth scramble in the final minute saw Paul Hanlon's flick come off the keeper and rebound to safety off the crossbar.



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