Euro 2020: Austria advances to the knockout stages for the first time as they won 1-0 over Ukraine

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Austria reached the knockout stages of the Euro 2020 for the first time in history as they won over Ukraine. A goal in the first half from Christoph Baumgartner helped his side overcome Andriy Shevchenko’s nation 1-0 as they finished second in Group C to face Italy in the next round of 16.

Real Madrid’s David Alaba provided a fantastic corner and the Bundesliga midfielder Christoph Baumgartner without any mistake, made sure to take Austrians to their first major tournament win since 1990 with a perfect finish and scored a winner at the first half of the 21st minute.

The 21 year old midfielder became the youngest goalscorer at the tournament so far. He suffered a head injury due to an aerial collision but was allowed on the pitch just three minutes before he shot on the target. He was sent off later, following the difficulties he suffered and was unable to play more minutes.

“I can’t quite comprehend it all, my head is really hurting! This is really so special for all of us,” said Baumgartner to the Austrian broadcaster ORF, after the game was ended.

Alaba, who was responsible for the brilliant cross that was converted into the goal for the crucial win, had been immense for Austria’s counters. He was outstanding defensively that led Franco Foda’s side to secure their runners-up spot of the tournament. That was his second assist of the championship.

Florian Grillitsch, who had been impressive throughout the game in Bucharest against third-placed Ukraine, was awarded as the Star of the match.

 

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