Austria stun Capello's Russia; Ukraine record third straight win

BY foxsports • November 15, 2014


Substitute Rubin Okotie scored the winner for Austria in a 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday that gives his team a five-point lead at the top of the European Championship qualifying Group G.

Okotie, who replaced Marc Janko in the 59th, rounded off a counterattack in the 73rd after he was left unmarked in front of Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Austria has 10 points, with Russia and Sweden sharing second place with five points. Sweden can close its gap to Austria to two points if it wins at Montenegro later Saturday. The defeat left Russia with just one win from its last seven competitive matches and could put further pressure on coach Fabio Capello's position.

In the other group game, Moldava lost 1-0 at home to Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein skipper Burgmeier dipped a superb strike over the wall from the edge of the box and that was enough to settle a turgid contest between the two bottom-placed sides in Group G at the Zimbru Stadium. The loss leaves hosts Moldova as the only team in the group still searching for their first win and they now prop up the standings as Liechtenstein leapfrog them.

San Marino earned their first point of the European Championship qualifying campaign as they frustrated Estonia in a Group E goalless stalemate in Serravalle.

The match between the group's bottom two sides was dominated by the visitors but they could not find a goal - thanks to their own wayward shooting and some big saves from Aldo Simoncini late on. San Marino, yet to score in this qualifying campaign, had the first sight of goal as Luca Tosi blasted wide from a third-minute corner, but Estonia soon took control of possession.

Andriy Yarmolenko notched a hat trick as Ukraine recorded their third straight victory in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C with a 3-0 triumph at rock-bottom Luxembourg.

Yarmolenko put the visitors ahead with a rising finish in the 33rd minute and added two quickfire curling efforts after the break in the 53rd and 56th minutes. The win saw Ukraine move on to nine points from four games in the pool, while Luxembourg remain on one point.

Information from's newswire services contributed to this report.  

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