World Football

Austria's greatest World Cup success

In their first international match of the year, Austria secured a respectable 1-1 draw against 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers Uruguay. In the Video of the Week, we look back at brighter days for the Alpine nation.

Austria took part in their second World Cup at the 1954 finals in Switzerland, where they recorded their biggest success by finishing the tournament in third place.

Nevertheless, it was their quarter-final match against the hosts that provided the biggest spectacle of the tournament. The Swiss* *took a 3-0 lead after just 19 minutes before Austria began an incredible comeback that culminated in a 7-5 win - a result that remains the highest-scoring World Cup match of all time.

In the Video of the Week, we hear from Alfred Korner, who was in the Austrian side that day and contributed two goals in his team's memorable victory. Join us on this fascinating journey back in time and see for yourself just how Austria managed to overcome their central European opponents despite missing a penalty along the way.

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