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Veteran's Score Off Corner Kick Gives Austria Tie

By George Jahn
Associated Press
Thursday, June 11, 1998; 5:17 p.m. EDT

 Austria's Harald Cerny (No. 13) runs with the ball Thursday as Cameroon's Pierre Wome (left) follows in Group B match in Toulouse. (Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press)
TOULOUSE, France — Anton Polster scored off a corner kick in second-half injury time to give Austria a 1-1 tie with Cameroon on Thursday night in the World Cup opener for both teams.

It was the 16th goal in World Cup qualifying and finals matches for the 34-year-old captain, breaking the Austrian record held by Hans Krankl.

On a corner kick from the right side, defender Anton Pfeffer headed the ball to Polster, who took two steps and was wide open. He put his shot into the roof of the net, skimming the bottom of the crossbar.

Cameroon had taken a 1-0 lead in the 77th minute when Pierre Njanka, making only his third international appearance, evaded two defenders on a spectacular 40-yard run.

Starting just beyond the midfield line, Njanka sidestepped Wolfgang Feiersinger and then Peter Schoettel before blasting his shot over diving goalkeeper Michael Konsel.

Njanka's goal livened up a game that had featured slips, slides, pushes and great saves on the wet turf of the new Municipal Stadium, which was soaked by heavy rains just before kickoff.

Konsel made three outstanding stops, while Cameroon's Jacques Sango'o had two tough saves as the match appeared headed for a 0-0 draw.

Twice, Konsel leapt to make fingertip saves, against Didier Angibeau in the first half and against Pierre Wome in the second.

Austria didn't test Sango'o until the 71st minute, when he knocked a shot from Polster to a defender, who cleared it to the side. Sango'o also pushed away an attempt by Heimo Pfeifenberger in the 74th.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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