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Austria goalkeeper Macho has his dream spoiled by Croatia after just four minutes of Euro 2008

Austria goalkeeper Macho has his dream spoiled by Croatia after just four minutes of Euro 2008

Austria goalkeeper Juergen Macho's dream finally came true on Sunday and was spoiled within four minutes.
Macho had to fight Alexander Manninger and Helge Payer for a year and a half to become Austria's No. 1 goalkeeper going into the European Championship, which his country is co-hosting.
But, having worked so hard to make the lineup, he didn't get anything like the start he would have wanted of his team's opening Group B match in Vienna against Croatia.
Macho had touched the ball just once, for a goal kick, when he had to turn around and pick the ball out of the net in the fourth minute.
Luka Modric and Ivica Olic combined down the left wing from a throw-in and took the ball into the box before Rene Aufhauser ran across and knocked down Olic as he went past. Dutch referee Pieter Vink awarded the penalty and Modric sent the ball low and into the middle of the net as Macho dived to the right.
It was the 12th goal Macho had conceded in 15 appearances for the national team _ not bad considering the team is No. 92 in FIFA's world rankings.
Austria went on to lose and now has to get good results against Poland and Germany if it is to advance to the quarterfinals, and Macho must wait and see if he will be in the team to help.
Hickerberger had been rotating Macho, Manninger and Payer for the past 18 months so he could judge all three.
Rapid Vienna's Payer was ruled out of the tournament shortly before it started because of injury, and Hickersberger eventually picked AEK Athen's Macho right before kickoff.
The decision looked to be the right one as Macho looked solid, coached his defense well and avoided any mistakes.
Austria coach Josef Hickersberger has said he won't rotate anymore, so Macho should be safe.


Updated : 2020-11-30 04:38 GMT+08:00