Euro qualifying: Austria edge Russia behind Marc Janko’s overhead goal
Marc Janko scored with a spectacular overhead kick Sunday as Austria maintained its grip on European Championship qualifying Group G with a 1-0 away win over Russia.
Janko’s goal came in the 33rd minute after Russia’s Denis Glushakov blocked two attempts by Zlatko Junozovic inside the penalty area.
The rebound rose high and Janko timed his jump perfectly to score with his back to goal.
Julian Baumgartlinger missed a chance to make it 2-0 for Austria when he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
After a poor first half, Russia improved in the second, testing Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer with a series of attempts. Aleksandr Kerzhakov headed wide in the 88th and Russia failed to mount any pressure in injury time.
The result means Austria remains undefeated in the group with 16 points, eight clear of Russia, which is third.
Coach Fabio Capello’s team has only won two of its last 10 competitive matches, including a win by default due to crowd trouble in Montenegro.
Second-placed Sweden was hosting Montenegro later Sunday.
At the bottom of the group table Liechtenstein and Moldova drew 1-1 in Vaduz.
Sandro Wieser gave the home team the lead with a powerful long-range strike after 20 minutes but Moldova’s Georghe Boghiu equalized before halftime after a pass from Nicolae Milinceanu.