November 22, (THEWILL) – Austria recorded an impressive 2-0 home victory over Germany on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Marcel Sabitzer and Christoph Baumgartner. The win was made all the more notable by the second half dismissal of German winger Leroy Sane.
The hosts started brightly in Vienna, crafting the first chance of note through Michael Gregoritsch. However, it was RB Leipzig midfielder Sabitzer who broke the deadlock on 29 minutes, dispatching a neat finish into the bottom corner.
Germany responded positively before the break, with Sane and Serge Gnabry both missing presentable chances. Yet the complexion of the game changed entirely early in the second half. Sane, who had already been booked, was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball clash with defender Philipp Mwene.
The extra man advantage allowed Austria to assume complete control. Stefan Posch went close with a drilled effort before Hoffenheim attacker Baumgartner secured the result on 73 minutes. Showing intelligent movement and composure, he delicately lifted the ball over keeper Kevin Trapp.
Germany rarely threatened a comeback, bar a late header from Thomas Muller that brought a stunning save from goalkeeper Alexander Schlager. Austria, in stark contrast, created numerous openings against the depleted visitors.
The result serves as a major statement ahead of next year’s European Championship qualifiers. Ralf Rangnick’s side showed creativity and defensive discipline to subdue a below-par German outfit. The dismissal of Sane undoubtedly proved the turning point on Tuesday evening. Yet, it is another loss for the underwhelming German side.