Austria was able to start its work in Euro 2020 with a significant victory.
Austrian captain David Alaba praisedAustria
's performance after the victory over Northern Macedonia in their first match at Euro 2020.
Two late goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic secured Austria a 3-1 victory over Northern Macedonia in Bucharest. This is Austria's first victory in the Euros.
They did not make it to the World Cup after the 1990 World Cup, and yesterday's victory was crucial. While Austria took the lead with a goal from Stefan Lainer, Goran Pandev equalized, but in the end, Austria won by two more goals. After the game, Alaba praised his team's performance.
"We achieved our first goal with these three points, we wanted to get this victory, but we have to stay calm and focus on our next match,"
Alaba told the media.
"We are not happy just with the three points. This was our first goal we wanted to achieve, now we want to continue. Of course we want to impose our game and continue to collect points, that's our target.
"This shows our character and personality, we want to continue on this path."
"At half-time, we said to each other that we had to play faster, that we wanted to control the match.
"In the second half, we had some spells where we really put the foot down, where we lost the ball and directly tried to get it back. That is what we talked about at half-time, that we wanted the three points.
"You could see how hungry and willing we were. We wanted to show our character, our team spirit on the pitch – I think we managed to do that."