For Austria, it was only victory that mattered. In case of loss or draw against Sweden the chance to fight for second place would have been very small.
The Austrian players believe that 2-1 victory was largely a tactical triumph.
– We were bad in the beginning, but after 90 minutes it was well deserved it was us who won, say 2-0, striker Marc Janko.
– Sweden was not as good as against Germany at the end and we were not really threatened.
How was your tactic?
– We had talked about Sweden’s weaknesses. We knew that Sweden leaves large areas on the edges and then we wanted to get a lot of one-on-one situations out there and then get the ball. We saw good at my goal, says Janko.
Austria also managed well to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside the game.
– It is not good to be so dependent on one player. When we managed to take him out of the game so it was much easier, says Janko.
– Zlatan Ibrahimovic can not play alone, for himself. We played well around him and we had a good game.
Defender and captain Christian Fuchs about the Zlatan Ibrahimovic tactic:
– We did exactly what we agreed to in regards to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. When he got the ball we had two or three players around him. We did a very good job because he was moving over large areas.
None of the Austrian players, however, wanted to take out second place in advance.
– It’s still tough, but it was an important and significant step in the right direction for us. Now we have two good games with us, against Ireland and now against Sweden, says Fuchs.
– It gives us confidence for our next game, away against Germany. I think we have a good chance to surprise there.