‘The fans certainly didn’t want my autograph’: Marko Arnautovic and David Alaba are involved in stand-off with furious Austria fans following Scotland defeat… as striker admits they have every right to be mad with World Cup campaign in tatters
- Austria’s World Cup campaign was left in disarray aftet defeat by Scotland
- The result left David Alaba and Co four points behind the only play-off spot
- Alaba and Marko Arnautovic attempted to speak to fans following full-time
- Both acknowledged the display was not good enough as supporters vented
Austria’s top stars were forced to calm down furious supporters after their World Cup qualifying campaign was left in ruins following a disastrous home defeat by Scotland.
Straight off the back of a chastening 5-2 defeat in Isreal on Saturday, Lyndon Dykes’ first-half penalty condemned Franco Foda’s men to back-to-back losses.
With fans returning for the first time since the pandemic at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, they were quick to make their feelings known at full-time.
Austria players were met with boos and jeers by home fans after their defeay by Scotland
Supporters made their feelings clear as the players applauded fans at the end of the match
Marko Arnautovic was among the Austria players who spoke with furious fans on Tuesday
Boos and jeers echoed around the ground as the home side attempted to applaud those that had come out to support.
Fans gestured to captain David Alaba to turn back as he attempted to approach them to speak, while others delivered a middle-finger salute as supporters made their feelings clear.
Marko Arnautovic also moved to the crowd in an attempt to reason with them, and afterwards admitted they had every right to be furious with what they had seen on the pitch.
‘The fans certainly didn’t want my autograph,’ he told Austrian channel ORF 1 after the match.
‘They were annoyed and rightly so, I have to be honest. The fans haven’t been in the stadium for a long time. People have seen a team at the highest level at the Euros.’
After reaching the last 16 at Euro 2020 this summer, expectations had been high within the Austrian camp that a route to Qatar 2022 could be secured.
They began this round of qualifying fixtures just one point behind Scotland in second place, with key fixtures against both Steve Clarke’s men and Israel.
The anger among fans was clear to see, with one fan making his thoughts known to the squad
Captain David Alaba also attempted to approach irate supporters following their defeat
However, they are now some way off the pace, and Real Madrid star Alaba was at a loss to explain their slide down the group.
‘It’s really difficult to explain, right after the game,’ he said.
‘We started well in the first half, put pressure on and got over the cross. But we didn’t find the right solutions. The last pass, the execution was simply missing in the first half.
‘After conceding, the Scots stood very deep. We sent in a lot of crosses but couldn’t apply the finishes. If you look back on two defeats in three games, you understand the unrest.
‘Of course, criticism is part of it, but how it turned out specifically after the Israel game, I have a different opinion. I don’t see it that way to accuse us of listlessness. Today we put in a lot of effort but we couldn’t find any solutions.’
Scotland on the other hand are now in control of their own destiny in Group F. They face Israel in a colossal clash on October 9 that could go some way to deciding who takes the second-place play-off spot in the group.
Scotland striker lyndon Dykes scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot
Austria, four points behind them, still have to face Israel at home, as well as runaway group leaders Denmark in Copenhagen.
Foda’s side do, however, still have a chance of qualifying for the play-offs thanks to their strong Nations League showing.
Austria finished top of their League B group, giving them a strong claim to one of the two play-off spots available to the best performing group winners not to finish in the top two in qualifying.
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