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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 April, 2003, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Austria stun sad Scots
Paul Gallacher is disconsolate after his mistake allows Thomas Haas to score
Thomas Haas pounced on a bad mistake by Paul Gallacher
Scotland 0-2 Austria

Austria's experimental side showed neighbours Germany the way to deal with Scotland as Berti Vogts' side suffered a nightmare defeat at ghostly Hampden Park.

Roland Kirchler and Mario Haas both scored in a first-half in front of just 12,189 fans and dominated by a side minus many of Austria's more established stars.

A change of personnel and formation gave the Scots more possession after the break.

But they could not break down a side two places below them in 61st place in the world rankings as Vogts prepares to take on his countrymen in next month's vital Euro 2004 qualifier.

Hearts' Andy Webster made his debut in the Scotland defence in a 3-4-1-2 formation for the friendly, with Christian Dailly playing in an unfamiliar wing-back role and Gary Naysmith moved into midfield.

Veteran Derby County midfielder Craig Burley was given his first Scotland appearance for 18 months, while. Motherwell's James McFadden was given his first start up front.

Former Hearts utility man Thomas Floegel, now of Austria Memphis, captained his country for the first time as Hans Krankl looked to build a side for their hosting of Euro 2008.

Austria, looking big and strong, exploited the space on their left behind Scotland winger Paul Devlin and crosses from Michael Wagner set up two good chances in the box.

Markus Schopp should have done better than to send his volley from 10 yards straight at goalkeeper Paul Gallacher then Kirchler flicked the ball just over.

A Dailly header and a low McFadden drive brought Thomas Mandl into the action, but both efforts were too close to the goalkeeper to provide a series test.

The Austrians threatened again with a quick break that set Wagner clear, but Gallacher palmed away his low drive from 16 yards.

Thomas Floegel holds off Scotland's Gary Naysmith
Thomas Floegel (left) captained Austria to victory at Hampden
Scotland paid dearly for leaving Wagner to roam free when the midfielder had time to pick out the unmarked Kirchler, who poked the ball home from five yards after 28 minutes.

Gallacher had lost a comical goal for Dundee United on Saturday and repeated the exercise six minutes after the opener.

He had plenty of time to collect a Lee Wilkie pass-back, but a poor first touch allowed Haas to block his clearance before slotting the ball into the empty net.

Stevie Crawford and Scot Gemmill came on for Steve Thompson and Dailly at half-time as Scotland reverted to a four-man midfield.

The home side began to enjoy more possession and a Naysmith drive from 20 yards flew a few yards wide.

Substitute Kenny Miller's low cross into the box found Crawford, but the Dunfermline Athletic striker's attempt from seven yards was well blocked by the goalkeeper before bouncing back off the Scot and over the bar.

Scotland were twice caught on the break late on only for Ronald Brunmayr to miss the target both times when found free inside the box.


Scotland: Gallacher, Wilkie, Webster, Pressley, Devlin, Burley, Dailly, Hutchison, Naysmith, Thompson, McFadden.
Subs: Neil Alexander, Crawford, Gemmill, Cameron, Miller, Graham Alexander, Malcolm, Ross, Smith, Arthur.

Austria: Mandl, Scharner, Ehmann, Stranzl, Dospel, Schopp, Flogel, Aufhauser, Kirchler, Haas, Wagner.
Subs: Payer, Hieblinger, Pogatetz, Brunmayr, Wallner, Herzog, Holler.

Referee: Micolai Vollquartz (Denmark).






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