Austria beats Latvia 3-1 in friendly
Striker Martin Harnik scored twice in the final 10 minutes to
give Austria a 3-1 win over Latvia in an international friendly on
It was Austria’s first win in eight months, ending a series of
five straight defeats and a draw since beating Azerbaijan on Oct.
Harnik scored with a header from close range in the 81st minute
to make it 2-1 and added another goal from a penalty kick in injury
It was the Stuttgart striker’s fifth goal in 24 matches for
Defender Pavels Mihadjuks gave Latvia the lead early in the
second half with his first international goal, beating goalkeeper
Christian Gratzei with a low shot after the Austria defense had
left him unmarked.
Austria’s Christopher Dibon leveled the score on his
international debut with a well-placed header from David Alaba’s
free kick in the 75th.
Dibon is captain of Austria’s under-21 team and was a late
addition to the squad after regulars Emanuel Pogatetz, Paul
Scharner and Marc Janko were ruled out following the 2-1 defeat by
Germany in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.
Latvia ended the match with eight players after Mihadjuks and
defender Oskars Klava each received a second yellow card for rough
play in the closing minutes, while goalkeeper Andris Vanins was
sent off for fouling Erwin Hoffer in the area.
Austria: Christian Gratzei, Manuel Ortlechner, Florian Klein,
Christopher Dibon, Christian Fuchs (Thomas Schrammel, 90), Zlatko
Junuzovic (Manuel Weber, 90), Stefan Kulovits, Julian
Baumgartlinger (Daniel Royer, 62), David Alaba (Christopher Drazan,
90), Roman Kienast (Erwin Hoffer, 62), Martin Harnik.
Latvia: Andris Vanins, Pavels Mihadjuks, Kaspars Gorkss, Deniss
Ivanovs, Oskars Klava, Akeksandrs Cauna (Igors Tarasovs, 79),
Jurijs Zigajevs (Daniils Turkovs, 86), Artis Lazdins, Ritvars
Rugins, Artjoms Rudnevs (Deniss Romanovs, 90), Edgars Gauracs
(Andrejs Pereplotkins, 71).