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Austria secures commanding 2-0 victory over 10-man Germany

Photo: Vlad Indrei

In a highly anticipated friendly match between Austria and Germany at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Marcel Sabitzer and Christoph Baumgartner emerged as the heroes, propelling Austria to a commanding 2-0 victory. The match, marked by skillful plays, tactical prowess, and a momentous red card, showcased the prowess of the Austrian squad.

The opening moments of the match set the stage for an exhilarating encounter as Austria displayed their attacking intent. A quarter of an hour into the game, Michael Gregoritsch's well-placed effort from inside the area tested German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, signaling Austria's early dominance.

The home side broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark when Christoph Baumgartner intelligently picked out Marcel Sabitzer. Sabitzer showcased his finishing prowess at the near post, putting Austria in the lead with an expertly executed strike.

Despite falling behind, Germany sought an immediate response. Leroy Sane's drilled strike seemed destined for the bottom corner, but Austria's goalkeeper, Alexander Schlager, made a crucial save to deny the Bayern Munich winger. Serge Gnabry also tried his luck from outside the area, but his audacious effort sailed over the crossbar.

Austria came close to doubling their lead just before halftime. Sabitzer, eager to repay Baumgartner for his earlier assist, fed the forward, but Baumgartner's effort narrowly missed the top right corner.

The dynamics of the match shifted drastically early in the second half when Leroy Sane was shown a red card for a contentious shove to the face of Philipp Mwene. Reduced to 10 men, Germany faced an uphill battle to mount a comeback.

Austria, capitalizing on the numerical advantage, pressed forward. Stefan Posch's low shot from outside the area narrowly missed the target, signaling the hosts' intent. Austria continued to create scoring opportunities, with Stefan Posch and Michael Gregoritsch both missing chances within minutes of each other.

Photo: Vlad Indrei

The breakthrough for Austria's second goal finally arrived in the 73rd minute. Christoph Baumgartner, instrumental in setting up the first goal, showcased his individual brilliance. Racing through on goal, Baumgartner delicately chipped the ball over Kevin Trapp, solidifying Austria's lead and making their advantage more comfortable.

Germany, reduced to defensive resilience, had a glimmer of hope for a consolation goal when Jonathan Tah flicked on for Thomas Muller. However, Austria's goalkeeper, Alexander Schlager, made a magnificent save to deny the veteran's header.

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