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Austria 3-1 Poland: Arnautovic and Baumgartner Shine as Poland Exit Euro 2024

Austria boosted their chances of reaching the Euro 2024 knockout stages with a 3-1 win over Poland in Berlin. Key second-half goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Marko Arnautovic sealed the victory, knocking Poland out of the tournament.

Austria took an early lead in the 9th minute with Gernot Trauner’s header from a Philipp Mwene cross. Poland responded with a goal from Krzysztof Piatek, who capitalized on a rebound to equalize at the half-hour mark.

Despite the introduction of Robert Lewandowski in the second half, Poland failed to gain the upper hand. Baumgartner scored a superb goal just past the hour mark, finishing off a slick team move. Arnautovic then secured the win with a penalty in the 78th minute after Marcel Sabitzer was fouled by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

This win puts Austria level on points with France and the Netherlands, while Poland, with zero points, is out of the tournament. Austria will face the Netherlands next, and Poland will play France as Group D concludes.

Key Talking Point: Austria’s Impressive Performance

Austria delivered a high-energy performance, living up to pre-tournament expectations. Despite a strong effort from Poland, including a late introduction of Lewandowski, Austria’s aggressive press and fearless approach proved too much for the Poles.

Player of the Match: Christoph Baumgartner (Austria)

Baumgartner, a 24-year-old RB Leipzig midfielder, epitomized Austria’s high-energy style. His critical second goal highlighted another impressive display, making him the standout player of the match.

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