The Austrian national team experienced a debacle against Israel.
With 2: 5 Franco Foda's team fell under the wheels - the local press rumbled.
Haifa - "That's just embarrassing" - the verdict of the Kronenzeitung after the 2: 5 (1: 3) debacle of the Austrian national soccer team in Haifa against Israel was devastating.
The mass newspaper compared the red-white-red selection with a "frightened pile of chickens".
The mood of optimism after the first move into a European Championship round of 16 in summer 2021 has finally evaporated.
Ex-professional Frenkie Schinkels rated the performance at oe24.at and gave coach Franco Foda a grade of 5.
He said: “In the games against Moldova and Israel he did everything wrong that can be done wrong: wrongly positioned, wrongly rotated, not enough.
The system was completely wrong.
We received a bitter rebuff two years ago with a five-man chain in Israel.
Why he uses this list again is a mystery to me ... "
At ORF, expert Roman Mählich said: "I would like us to have a system and a play area one day and not change constantly".
This was followed by a small argument with Foda, who described his system and his idea and did not fully agree with the criticism.
The Standrad wrote in its live ticker of "clumsy" Austrians and a "tragedy".
World Cup qualification: Austria's captain Alaba confused: "Very bitter"
"Very bitter", commented captain and ex-Bayern star David Alaba, "if you go home with 2: 5 and are the better team in the first half, something is wrong."
After the debacle, the team of the German trainer Foda in Group F slipped to fourth place.
The half-time balance after five games: two wins, one draw, two defeats, seven points.
Only the football dwarfs Faroe Islands and Moldova (both 1 point) are worse.
Leader of the table Denmark has already hurried away with all the points (15 points), Israel on the play-off place with ten points is at least within reach.
The holey defense around Martin Hinteregger from Frankfurt gives little hope.
Eran Zahavi (33rd / 90th), Manor Solomon (5th), Hoffenheim's Munas Dabbur (20th) and Shon Weissman (58th) relentlessly exposed the Austrians' weaknesses.
For the first four hits, Israel only had to shoot four times on goal.
World Cup qualification: Baumgartner and Arnautovic meet
The ÖFB team, on the other hand, counted 19 shots on goal at the end, had numerous top-class chances, but was only successful through Hoffenheim's Christoph Baumgartner (42nd) and ex-Bremer Marko Arnautovic (55th).
The embarrassment is a low blow with announcement.
Even before the EM in the summer, difficulties had emerged.
In the 3-1 success in the World Cup qualifying against Faroe Islands, Alaba and Co. averted bankruptcy with a lot of effort, the bitter 0: 4 defeat against Denmark immediately before the start of the European Championship was apparently a warning shot at the right time.
The ÖFB selection reached the first EM round of 16 in the association's history with great cohesion.
Alaba criticizes the lack of atmosphere before the World Cup qualifier
There was no trace in Haifa of the dreaded collective that almost knocked the eventual European champions Italy (2: 1 nV) out of the tournament.
"We haven't been able to create the atmosphere we had a few months ago in the past few days," Alaba complained.
On Tuesday (8.45 p.m.) the Austrians are already under great pressure against Scotland in Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium. Before the trend-setting duel, Alaba wants to conjure up the EM spirit. "We know that we can play more successfully," emphasized Alaba: "We have already proven that many times."
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