“We are sorry for all of Austria”: Baumgartner apologizes after qualifying bankruptcy – Foda fears for a job
The Austrian national team conceded another bitter bankruptcy in the World Cup qualification three days after the 2: 5 against Israel: In Vienna, the team of coach Franco Foda was defeated 0: 1 (0: 1) against Scotland on Tuesday evening and is after six Group F fourth out of ten games, four points behind Scotland second. While the team is trembling about participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Foda has to fear for his job.
“It’s just extremely disappointing, we’re sorry for all of Austria,” said Christoph Baumgartner from TSG Hoffenheim, “I understand that every Austrian is disappointed, each of us has done something different.”
Lyndon Dykes (30.) scored the only goal of the day in front of 18,800 spectators in Vienna’s Ernst-Happel-Stadion with a converted penalty after video evidence. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger had pressed opponent Che Adams to the ground with both hands. The centrally shot attempt then slipped through goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann under the body.
After that, the Austrians, who started out with swing and pressure after the messed up gig in Israel, looked confused and unimaginative. Against cleverly defending Scots they were hardly dangerous in the second half. Both the Kronenzeitung and the Kurier called the appearance of a “tragedy”.
The pressure on the former German international Foda should now increase further – whether he WILL still sit on the bench on October 9th in the Faroe Islands and on October 12th against the dominant leaders Denmark is an open question. “If you look back on two defeats in three games, you understand the unrest,” said captain David Alaba after the game, “It wasn’t that long ago that we were successful. And now the world looks different again. That happens very quickly at home, but we know that. “
Foda himself was combative. “I like to be the team boss of Austria and do everything I can to be successful with the team. I cannot influence everything else “, said the 55-year-old. And further: “I assume that I will play the playoff. We still have four games, we will try everything to get these twelve points. “