Group F: Austria were absolutely rampant in a 5-0 demolition of Costa Rica in Makhachkala tonight, with ‘keeper Siebenhandl not required to make a single save. Not since Portugal’s 7-0 win over North Korea in 2010 had five different players scored for the same team in one match.
Despite the goalfest, it took until eight minutes before the interval for Austria to make the breakthrough. Christian Fuchs found David Alaba from a long punt upfield and the left-back outpaced Esteban Armijo before being hauled down in the box. Alaba took it himself but his tame penalty was saved by Keylor Navas, however Martin Harnik was quickest to react and slotted home the rebound.
Two goals in two minutes shortly after the break saw Austria pull 3-0 ahead. First, Deni Alar found the bottom corner from 22 yards out as he ran onto Fuchs’ through ball, then within 120 seconds Fuchs himself bent a free-kick in to the top left from 20 yards.
Route one provided a fourth with a little over 20 minutes to play when Alaba got on the end of a long ball from the ‘keeper, beating his man and drilling it into the top corner, and substitute Valentino Lazaro rounded off the scoring just four minutes after coming on. Alar knocked down Jonathan Schmid’s cross into the box, and Lazaro swept home from twelve yards out.
Next up for Austria are Brazil on Sunday, while Costa Rica face Slovakia.
FIFA WORLD CUP: GROUP F AUSTRIA 5-0 COSTA RICA Harnik 37 Alar 52 Fuchs 54 Alaba 69 Lazaro 72 (Alaba m/pen 37) Kavlak Montoya Schmid