Germany vs Austria: Preview, TV Schedule and Live Stream Info
Germany is the No. 3 ranked team in the world and have had no problems breezing through the competition in Euro 2012 qualifying.
Germany has won all seven of their matches in the group stage and lead the group by 10 points, ahead of Belgium.
On the other hand, Austria sits in fourth place, four points behind Belgium, and needing a victory against Germany to have any chance of advancing to the European Championships.
Where: Veltins-Arena, Germany
When: September 2, 2:45 PM
Watch: ESPN (UK), ZDF (Germany), Setanta Sports (Canada)
Live Stream: ESPN3
Biggest Storyline: Mario Gomez's Absence
Mario Gomez will miss the match against Austria due to a thigh injury he suffered after recording a hat-trick for Bayern Munich.
Gomez is a terrific scorer and his presence will certainly be missed.
If Germany can win in his absence they will clinch a spot in the 2012 European Championships.
Player to Watch for Germany: Mesut Ozil
With Gomez out of the lineup, look for Ozil to step up and provide a bit of offense from his midfield position.
Ozil is one of the best playmakers in the world and will be called upon to lead Germany to victory in such an important match.
The Real Madrid midfielder has six goals and 17 assists in 36 matches with Real Madrid during the La Liga last season.
His creativity will certainly be showcased in this match, so don't be surprised if he sets up plenty of opportunities for other players.
Player to Watch for Austria: Marko Arnautovic
Arnautovic was dropped from the squad earlier in the year after his form suffered with German club Werder Bremen. However, he has vowed to turn over a new leaf and registered goals in consecutive matches, making Austria coach Didi Constantini have a change of heart.
Who Will Win?
Arnautovic is a bright talent, but has sometimes gotten in trouble with his attitude. If he puts his full focus into this match, he certainly has the potential to thrive for Austria.
Key Matchup: Miroslav Klose vs. Austria Defense
With Gomez out of the lineup, Klose will be called upon to be the main target for the German attack. Klose has always found a way to put the ball in the back of the net, even when having a tough game.
He scores a lot of ugly goals, but he does his job well, and will be key against Austria. If Klose can find his form, it will be a tough going for the Austria defenders.
What They're Saying:
German coach Joachim Loew recently sat down with Yahoo Sports to discuss the upcoming match against Austria and the state of qualifying,
"Our focus is now exclusively on the Austria match. Obviously our starting position is very good but we are not through yet. So we want to make sure we are through with a win against Austria so as to start planning for the Euros."
On the other side of things, Austria coach Didi Constantini spoke with Reuters about the decision to leave Austrian league top-scorer Roland Linz off the roster.
"Roli is a very dangerous penalty area striker and scores goals as if they come off a conveyor belt.
But I don't think we're going to be spending much time in Germany's penalty area, we are going to play on the counter-attack.
Ivanschitz has not been picked during Constantini's two years at the helm despite his impressive performances for Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga.
Every coach has his way of thinking and every coach has his players, who he puts his faith in even if there are others who also deserve to be there. I don't see any reason to change anything."
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