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).