Austria suffer new defensive calamity in defeat by Dutch

Sat Jun 4, 2016 4:42pm EDT
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VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria suffered another defensive calamity on the way to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat by Netherlands in their final Euro 2016 warm-up game on Saturday.

Vincent Janssen put a young Dutch side in front after nine minutes when the home defense mistakenly thought he was offside, leaving him free to head in Steven Berghuis' looping cross from six meters.

A superbly-worked goal by Georginio Wijnaldum in the second period gave Austria a miserable send-off as they headed for their first major finals since 2008.

The Austria defense was also left red-faced when David Alaba scored an embarrassing own goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Malta after passing the ball back to his goalkeeper without looking.

The Dutch had a point to prove after their failure to qualify for the finals in France and, with the hosts wanting to land a morale-boosting win, there were some surprisingly late and full-blooded challenges.

Austria fielded a full-strength side apart from Marcel Sabitzer replacing Martin Harnik on the right of midfield.

The home side made a bright start and were lively going forward but the early goal took the wind out of their sails.

Austria left gaps at the back and had another scare when Quincy Promes hit the post with a deflected shot from 25 meters in the 34th minute.

Promes was a constant menace and set up the second goal when he burst down the left and found Luuk De Jong who laid the ball off for Wijnaldum to sidefoot home in the 66th minute.   Continued...

Football Soccer - EURO 2016 - International friendly - Austria v Netherlands - Ernst Happel stadium, Vienna, Austria - 04/6/16     Austria's Marcel Sabitzer and Netherland's Jeroen Zoet in action.  REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader