Historical win for Austria

16.08.2012, 12:11:44 Uhr

 
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Austria beat Turkey for the first time in 24 years with Sebastian Prödl playing the full 90 minutes.
 
Zlatko Junuzovic and Sebastian Prödl celebrated a historical victory with the Austrian national team, which beat Turkey 2-0 Wednesday evening for Austria's first win over the Turks in 24 years. Some 23,000 spectators in Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium saw the Marcel Koller-coached Austrians, which featured both Werder players in the starting line-up. Junuzovic was subbed out in favour of Christoph Leitgeb after 71 minutes while Prödl played the entire match, seeing the yellow card after 50 minutes. It was the perfect dress rehearsal for Austria, who hope to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as Prödl and company face Germany on 11 September.
 
Kevin De Bruyne earned his third cap against the Netherlands. Kevin De Bruyne earned his third cap against the Netherlands.
Belgium and Bremen newcomer Kevin de Bruyne spoiled Louis van Gaal's debut as Netherlands national team coach with a 4-2 victory. De Bruyne was subbed into the game in the second half with Belgium down 2-1 and helped change the game, helping set up the Belgians' final goal with a superb diagonal pass.

Werder teammate Sokratis played a full 90 minutes for the Greece national team in their 3-2 victory over Norway in Oslo. Theodor Gebre Selassie und Aleksandar Ignjovski both played to scoreless draws with their teams as "Theo" played 78 minutes in the Czech Republic's draw with Ukraine and "Iggy" played the whole game against Ireland. Francois Affolter watched Switzerland's 4-2 victory over Croatia from the bench after having played once for the Swiss national team at the Olympic football tournament in London.

Florian Hartherz, Niclas Füllkrug, Tom Trybull and Johannes Wurtz meanwhile all returned to Bremen after their four-day training camp with the German U20 national team in Hennef. "For us, it's a new team with a new coach and a new philosophy. The U20s are even more orientated towards the senior national team. That has to first grow together," said Hartherz Thursday morning. The camp ended with a 4-2 victory for Germany against Luxembourg's U21 side, which each of the Green-Whites players playing one half and none of them making the scorers' list.

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