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WE’VE MET BEFORE: WALES VS AUSTRIA

Wales’ record against Austria is not great; they have won just twice in eight meetings, and only once in a competitive fixture, in 1975. And in four visits to Vienna, Wales have lost three and drawn one.

 

In the first clash, a friendly, Austria won 2-0 in May 1954 and in the reciprocal game, played at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham in November 1955 the Austrians won 2-1 against a Wales team boasting greats such as Jack Kelsey, Trevor Ford, Ivor Allchurch, John Charles and Derek Tapscott.

 

It was another 19 years before these teams met again, in a European Championship qualifier in Vienna. Again Austria won, but only after Arfon Griffiths had given Wales the lead.

 

Johann Krankl got the winner for the hosts but, in the return, in Wrexham, Wales beat Austria for the first time. And again Griffiths found the net.

 

That win enabled Wales to win their group but such was the format that the winners went through to a two-legged knockout, against Yugoslavia, who made sure of qualifying for the tournament finals in their country with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

 

Fast forward to 1992 and a friendly, again in Vienna. Michael Bauer gave Austria the lead with a stunning free-kick that eluded keeper Neville Southall, but substitute Chris Coleman, now Wales manager, leveled in the 72nd minute.

 

They next met in 2005, in two World Cup qualifiers, at the Millennium Stadium, but Austria won 2-0 with goals from Ivica Vastic and Martin Stranzl. 

 

In the return in Vienna just four days later, an 87th minute winner from Rene Aufhauser, ended any hope Wales had of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals.

 

They last met three years ago in a friendly at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium and this time Wales came out as 2-1 winners. Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead and Sam Vokes added a second before Marc Janko replied late on for Austria.

 

PAST MEETINGS 

 

1954 Vienna Friendly Austria 2 Wales 0

 

1955 Wrexham Friendly Wales 1 Austria 2

 

1974 Vienna ECQ Austria 2 Wales 1

 

1975 Wrexham ECQ Wales 1 Austria 0

 

1992 Vienna Friendly Austria 1 Wales 1

 

2005 Cardiff WCQ Wales 0 Austria 2

 

2005 Vienna WCQ Austria 1 Wales 0

 

2013 Swansea Friendly Wales 2 Austria 1

 

 

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