Like the Israeli team, the Austrian team did its duty last night (Wednesday) in the World Cup qualifiers, when they defeated Moldova 0: 2 and now have seven points, similar to Israel, which is in second place at home, just before the intriguing meeting between them on Saturday in Haifa.
The Austrians, who came into the game after the painful 4.0 defeat to Denmark in the previous game in the campaign, did not shine against one of the two weakest teams at home, but ended up with an important away win for them. Christoph Baumgartner, who scored Austria’s first goal, injured his ankle towards the end and is in doubt for the game against Israel. “We will have no choice, we will have to make changes to the game on Saturday,” coach Franco Fuda said after the win over the Moldavians. “Christoph has sprained his ankle and his condition is unclear at the moment,” the coach confirmed.
David Alaba, who came into the game only in the 83rd minute, suffered, it turns out, a slight feeling in the muscle and his team feared for his danger. “I assume that in front of Israel he will already be able to complete 90 minutes,” Fuda said on the subject. “The game against Israel will be completely different,” added Martin Hinterger. “We will get there ready and after a long rest, not to mention that we did not invest too much effort against Moldova. We have no choice, we just have to win in Israel.”
“Our defensive players did not work too hard in the victory in Moldova, but against Israel the story will be completely different,” the Austrian media wrote. “Austria will have to face Eran Zehavi, who almost single.handedly dismantled our team in March 2019, in Israel’s big 2: 4.” “Yes, we are aware of Zahavi’s abilities,” the Austrian coach admitted. “Who like us is aware of them after that loss? He is a tremendous striker who is in the top of the world. We will have to be very focused on defense.“