Austria’s Incredible Achievement

Austria’s coach, Ralf Rangnick, called it “incredible” that his team finished first in their Euro 2024 group, ahead of France and the Netherlands. On Tuesday, Austria won a dramatic game against the Netherlands, 3-2, while France drew 1-1 with Poland. This result put Austria at the top of Group D.

Austria’s Journey

Austria started the tournament with a 1-0 loss to France, but they bounced back with a 3-1 win over Poland. Rangnick praised his team for their determination and energy.

He said, “We started with a loss to France, but we knew we had to beat Poland to have a chance. Finishing first in the group is incredible.”

Rangnick’s Strategy

Rangnick made four changes to the team that beat Poland. He was able to rest some players because Italy’s last-minute goal against Croatia on Monday meant Austria didn’t need to worry about yellow card suspensions.

Rangnick explained, “If Italy hadn’t scored, we would have had a different line-up. But it worked out because we didn’t have to worry about second bookings.”

Players and Home Advantage

Two of Austria’s players, Nicolas Seiwald and Christoph Baumgartner, play for RB Leipzig, and key midfielders Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer used to play there too. Rangnick also coached at RB Leipzig, so playing in Leipzig for their next match will give Austria an advantage.

Rangnick said, “We have a week to prepare, and we don’t have to travel far. Our squad is deeper than we thought, and the players did very well.”

Match Highlights

Marcel Sabitzer was the hero of the match against the Netherlands, scoring the winning goal in the 81st minute. He said, “The intensity was the key factor. If you beat the Netherlands and win the group, then you can’t be that bad.”

 Looking Ahead

Austria will play their next match in Leipzig on July 2 against either Turkey, the Czech Republic, or Georgia. This will be their chance to reach the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time.

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