Austria v England, 18 July 2010

Score3-2 to England
RefereeMarkus Strombergsson
CompetitionUEFA Under-19 Finals Group A
VenueStade Du Haze, Flers
Attendance2,111
Kick-Off: 6.00pm local MATCH REPORT..............................................................................................................................................................from UEFA.COM Last season's runners-up England resisted a determined Austria fightback to open their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Group A campaign with a 3-2 victory. Two Frank Nouble efforts, both as a result of defensive lapses, inside the opening 29 minutes set England on their way to what seemed a straightforward victory. However, David Alaba halved the deficit early in the second half direct from a free-kick and only a smart Declan Rudd save from Christoph Knasmüllner moments later kept England's lead intact. Thomas Cruise restored the two-goal advantage on 53 minutes before Gernot Trauner set up an exciting denouement with a crisp drive into the bottom corner. Noel Blake's side had also been slow in starting and were lucky to still be on level terms when Andreas Weimann's threaded pass reached Alaba, who flashed an effort narrowly wide. England then took the lead with their first serious attack, however, Nouble punishing Emir Dilaver's wayward header on 13 minutes. A smothering save from Philip Petermann thwarted Nathan Delfouneso yet England did not have to wait too much longer to increase their advantage, Nouble seizing on Michael Schimpelsberger's error and rifling the ball in from the narrowest of angles. The half ended with both teams trading free-kicks off the crossbar, Dean Parrett rattling the woodwork before Alaba did likewise at the other end. He would go one better with a curling effort six minutes after the break, though, while Rudd then denied a reinvigorated Austria team the equaliser. Cruise pounced on a loose ball in the area following Parrett's corner yet Austria would not relent and once again gave themselves a glimmer of hope through Trauner. Alaba extended Rudd with another set-piece but despite further pressure an equaliser was not forthcoming, meaning Andreas Heraf's squad must get a result against France on Wednesday ‒ when England meet the Netherlands ‒ to have any hope of reaching the last four.

2  Austria

Manager: Andreas Heraf

3  England

Manager: Noel Blake

Goals:

Gernot Trauner 73 G

Goals:

Frank Nouble 13 G
Frank Nouble 29 G
Tom Cruise 55 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Philip Petermann
Defender Emir Dilaver
Defender Mahmud Imamoglu
Defender/Midfielder David Alaba
Midfielder Christian Klem
Midfielder Michael Schimpelsberger (captain)
Midfielder Gernot Trauner
Midfielder/Forward Andi Weimann
Forward Marco Djuricin
Forward Tobias Kainz

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd
Defender Nathan Baker
Defender Reece Brown
Defender Steven Caulker
Defender Tom Cruise
Defender/Midfielder Matthew Briggs
Defender/Midfielder Matty James (captain)
Midfielder John Bostock
Midfielder Dean Parrett
Forward Frank Nouble

Substitutions:

Luka Rath for Michael Schimpelsberger 60
Andreas Tiffner for Marco Djuricin 71
Robert Gucher for Tobias Kainz 82

Substitutions:

Nathaniel Clyne for Matthew Briggs 56
Jacob Mellis for John Bostock 78
Josh Thompson for Steven Caulker 87

Cards:

Michael Schimpelsberger 40 Y
Tobias Kainz 70 Y
Christoph Knasmüllner 85 Y

Cards:

Reece Brown 85 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Christian Petrovcic
Midfielder Robert Gucher
Midfielder Marco Meilinger
Midfielder Luka Rath
Midfielder Georg Teigl
Forward Andreas Tiffner

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls
Defender Nathaniel Clyne
Defender Josh Thompson
Midfielder Ryan Donaldson
Midfielder Jacob Mellis
Midfielder/Forward Matt Phillips
Forward Ryan Noble