ANI Photo | “It was a mind game,” says Austria’s striker Marko Arnautovic

On Wednesday in the UEFA EURO Qualifiers match, Austria defeated Sweden 2-0 at the Ernst Happel Stadium. After the win, Austria’s striker Marko Arnautovic said, “It was a mind game, we had to be patient,” as per the official website of UEFA.
Sweden displayed a poor performance while attacking, but in defence, they stood tall as they managed to keep Austria at bay for more than an hour. But Austria found a way past Sweden’s goalkeeper Robin Olsen and scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the match.
After the win, Austria’s striker Marko Arnautovic said, “It was not easy, they have quality, we know that. It was a mind game, we had to be patient. We are in first position in the group, we want to stay there,” according to the official website of UEFA.
Austria’s goalkeeper Alexander Schlager said in the post-match interview, “It was a hard piece of work. We knew the importance of the game. We have three points thanks to Baumi (goal scorer for Austria). It was unbelievable, how Robin Olsen (Sweden’s goalkeeper) made so many saves tonight.”
Austria dominated Sweden from the beginning of the match. Offensively Austria was brilliant and completely outran their opponents in every aspect of the match.
Austria is in Group F along with Belgium, Sweden, Estonia and Azerbaijan. Currently, Austria is on top of the table with 10 points. They have played four games, winning three and drawing one.
In the match against Sweden, the first half resulted in a 0-0 draw as either team failed to find the back of the net.
The second half was also pretty tight. The match seemed to be heading towards a draw but Austria’s Christoph Baumgartner scored in the 81st minute of the match to give Austria a 1-0 lead.
Soon after, in the 89th minute of the match, Christoph Baumgartner scored the second goal for Austria and sealed the game. His right-footed strike put the ball past the goalkeeper in the left corner of the net.
Austria took an astonishing 21 shots out of which 13 were on target. Their possession on the ball during the match was 63 per cent. Austria completed 425 passes with an accuracy of 80 per cent.
Sweden took four shots out of which three were on target. Their possession on the ball during the game was just 37 per cent. Sweden completed a total of 253 passes with an accuracy of 66 per cent.

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