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Austrians enjoy perfect warm-up before Dublin trip

AUSTRIA warmed up for Tuesday's World Cup battle with Ireland in Dublin by earning a comfortable 6-0 home win over the Faroe Islands.

And on the same night, their neighbours Germany avoided any slip-up from their trip to Astana as the group leaders came away from Kazakhstan with a 3-0 win.

There had been some pressure on Austria ahead of their game with the Faroes, played in Vienna last night, but any chance of an upset ended in the eighth minute when Austria took the lead through Philipp Hosiner.

The Austria Wien player made it 2-0 on 20 minutes while a further strike from Andreas Ivanschitz on 28 minutes meant that for the rest of the evening it was just a matter of how many the Austrians could score.

Austria could afford to start the game with Aston Villa star Andy Weimann on the bench, though he did come on as a second-half sub for scorer Ivanschitz.

German-based midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic added a fourth on 77 minutes and they got more goals from David Alaba and Gyorgy Garics.


Meanwhile, Germany maintained their near-perfect start to the group by coming away from Kazakhstan with a handy 3-0 win.

German coach Joachim Loew had managed to anger the home side in the build-up to the game by stating that minnows, such as Kazakhstan, should not be involved in the main section of qualification and should instead be in a second tier for qualifying, but Kazakhstani plans to make Loew regret his words bit the dust as early as the 20th minute when Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Germans in front.

And Germany had a 2-0 lead just two minutes later when Mario Gotze beat the home keeper.

Thomas Muller added a third goal on 74 minutes to improve Germany's already-impressive goal difference.

Germany have now dropped just two points from their opening five games.