Soccer...and Austria unexpectedly beat England four goals to three in an exciting friendly match in?
Soccer...and Austria unexpectedly beat England four goals to three in an exciting friendly match in Vienna on Wednesday (13 June). The barrage of goals enlivened a match whose result bemused on England team jaded after a series on international games.
SYNOPSIS: In the opening stages, Austria showed their verve and quality with an attacking move that put England goalkeeper Shilton under pressure.
In the seventeenth minute, Austria scored their first goal from the short corner. Jara curled the ball across the England defence, and the brilliant Pezzey speared through them with a telling header.
Only five minutes later, England were two goals down. The ball bounced from the left of Kevin Keegan, Jara pounced once more, and Welzl scored...a joyous moment for him.
England were somewhat jarred but not overcome by the strange scoreline. They pressed forward, probing for the opening. It came when Coppell scurried after a ball that the Austrian defenders seemed to think had gone over the goal-line. Coppell pulled it back, and Keegan rose amid a startled Austrian defence to head a goal.
But the Austrians sniffed victory. Five minutes before halftime, they slit open England's defence, for Welzl to score their third goal.
Only two minutes into the second half, and England closed the gap. Austria's goalkeeper Koncilia could not hold a shot from Keegan, and Coppell prowling close to goal, tapped it into the net.
In the sixty-fourth minute, England were back on level terms. Trevor Francis lured defender towards the touchline, Coppell moved along his cross and Ray Wilkins ran into open space to score.
The final thrust lay with Austria. Twenty minutes from the end, Pezzey ran into a free kick from Jara to head down past England's second goalkeeper of the night, Ray Clemence.