The Austrians met the expectations last time out at home against underdogs from the Faroe Islands, as they routinely outplayed them with a 3:1 result.
The hosts found themselves in deficit since the 19th minute, but with great persistency and sharpness at the finishing, scored three in the 30th, 37th, and 44th minute, and created an unreachable advantage.
In the continuation, the Austrians controlled the match but didn’t show too much interest to increase their lead, so the result remained unchanged till the end of the encounter.
Austrians miss defender Wober (6/0), midfielders Zulj (11/0, Goztepe), Jantscher (23/1, Sturm), Bamugartlinger (82/1, Leverkusen), and forward Arnautovic (87/26, Shanghai) compared to previous call-up.
Slovakia disappointed again in their second match of World Cup qualifiers when they took just a point in a 2:2 home draw against underdogs from Malta.
They showed very little creativity during the first part and were caught up by surprise, conceding two in the 16th and the 20th minute. Luckily, the hosts pulled themselves together in the continuation, visibly appearing better on the field, reducing over Strelec in the 49th, and leveling up just four minutes later when Skriniar was effective.
Overly looking, the Slovaks missed a great opportunity for three points, and now have two draws behind them since the begging of the campaign.
Slovakia will miss defender Gyomber (28/0, Salernitana), Vavro (11/1, Huesca), Mazan (11/0, Karvina), midfielders Stoch (60/6, Zaglebie Lubin), Sabo (18/0, Rizespor), and forward Safranko (10/0, Sepsi).
Ukraine can be satisfied with their opening match on the road against France, as they managed to come with a 1:1 draw, despite being a strong underdog.
They conceded early in the 19th minute over Griezmann and overly looking showed almost nothing during this encounter, but still had great fighting spirit against a much stronger rival.
However, they were lucky enough to level up later on in the 57th when Kimpembe had the misfortune of deflecting the shoot into his net. This surely comes as a valuable point, but it had to be said the Ukrainians took it undeservedly.
Serbia opened their World Cup campaign in the best possible manner, as they managed to get a win over them with a 3:2 result last Wednesday in Belgrade.
They had some difficulties at the start, as they conceded in the 18th minute, but managed to level up in the last minutes of the first part after a goal scored by Vlahovic. The hosts appeared much sharper at the finish when the match moved to the second, successfully scoring two more over Mitrovic in the 69th and the 75th minute, showing that they need very little to be threatening when needed.
However, they provided the Irish with a chance for a comeback when they conceded a goal in the 86th after a rookie mistake of the defense, but luckily, the guests didn’t have the strength for another one.
Hungarians left the impression of quite a dangerous nation last time they were called-up, as they managed to take the first spot in the group shared with Serbia, Turkey, and Russia during the UEFA Nations League competition.
Their road to the World Cup in 2022 is a bit more difficult, as they are drawn in the group with England, Poland, Albania, San Marino, and Andorra, but never the less, with their distinctive offensive approach, they should be able to cause problems even in matches when their victory is questionable, usually not defending and trying to score a goal more.
The Hungarians will miss defender Bese (23/0, Leuven), Korhut (21/1, Debrecen), midfielder Szoboszlai (12/3, Leipzig) and forward Gyurcso (20/3, Osijek) compared to previous invitations.