Janko nets as Austria hold off Georgia

First-half goals from former Sydney FC striker Marc Janko and Martin Hinteregger got Austria's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start as they held off Georgia 2-1.

Marc Janko

Marc Janko Source: AFP

Hinteregger headed the opener after 16 minutes of the Group D clash in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to give Austria the perfect start.

Janko, who netted 16 goals for Sydney FC during the 2014-2015 A-League campaign, then doubled the visitor's lead after finished an astute cross from Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic, three minutes before the break.

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But Georgia responded well to the early setbacks and went close to pulling one back when Valeri Kaziashvili headed against the woodwork.

Jano Ananidze then set up a tense finish when he did force a reply 12 minutes from time, but Austria held on for a vital win.


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Published 6 September 2016 at 9:05am
Source: PA Sport