Austria snatch late draw with Poland

June 13th, 2008 - 5:23 am ICT by IANS  

Vienna, June 13 (DPA) Iviva Bastic scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time to give Austria a 1-1 draw Thursday against Poland in Group B of Euro 2008. The result ensured Croatia a place in the quarter-finals as winners of the group with one match still to play.

Poland looked to be on the way to victory thanks to a first-half goal from Roger Guerreiro.

The Brazilian-born attacking midfielder who only obtained Polish citizenship in April, scored from close range in the 30th minute after Austria had squandered a series of chances.

Croatia defeated Germany 2-1 earlier in the evening and now can’t be caught at the head of the group.

They have six points, with Germany on three and Poland and Austria with one apiece.

Austria will have to beat Germany in Vienna Monday to have any chance of qualifying, while Poland will need to beat Croatia the same evening in Klagenfurt.

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