Another Late Goal Earns Austria a 1-1 Tie
By George Jahn
Wednesday, June 17, 1998; 1:36 p.m. EDT
SAINT-ETIENNE, France Another late equalizer earned Austria an ill-deserved 1-1 tie with Chile Wednesday as Herbert Prohaska's team scrambled its second tie of the World Cup.
After Tony Polster's strike had gained a 1-1 tie with Cameroon in Toulouse June 11, this time it was substitute Ivica Vastic who came up with the leveller. Each time the late goal was in second half injury time with the Austrians looking well beaten.
Marcelo Salas scrambled his third goal of the World Cup as Chile moved into a 1-0 lead with 20 minutes to go and Austrian goalkeeper Michael Konsel made a brilliant, finger-tip save to deny Ivan Zamorano in the 88th minute.
It proved a vital save as Vastic curled a right-footed shot from 22 meters past Chilean goalkeeper Nelson Tapia in the second minute of injury time.
The result gave both teams two points from two games with Italy and Cameroon, one point apiece, meeting later Wednesday.
Chile's Moises Villarroel moved into a good shooting position 25 meters from goal from a neat pass by Fabian Estay but Konsel watched it fly well wide of the post.
Austria's first shot at goal didn't come until the 38th minute when Mario Haas fired goalwards from 18 meters. It was on target but it was blocked by a Chilean defender long before it would have reached 'keeper Tapia.
With the Austrian strikeforce kept at bay by a well-organized Chilean defense and midfield, neither goalkeeper had anything to save until the 42nd minute when Tapia dived to hold the ball at the foot of the post from an angled cross from Heimo Pfeifenberger.
Chile should have gone ahead in the 53rd minute when Villarroel made the overlap on the right and ran clear of the Austrian defense. He messed it up completely.
Villarroel took the wrong option, firing at the near post instead of the far post, and his shot appeared to be going wide anyway before Konsel blocked it with his left hand.
There was an even better chance in the 62nd when Salas got clear down the right and Zamorano was unmarked in the center. Salas, who scored twice in the 2-2 tie with Italy, aimed for his strike-partner but his cross was far too close to Konsel who gathered easily, leaving Zamorano frustrated.
The Chileans finally got it right in the 70th minute but only just.
Egyptian referee Gamal Ghandour awarded them a free kick just outside the area wide on the left, Zamorano climbed to head goalwards and Konsel half stopped it.
Salas forced the rebound goalwards from six meters out and the Austrian 'keeper was convinced he had got back to stop the ball rolling over the line.
Ghandour didn't agree and Chile led 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.
Three minutes from the end, Zamorano almost made it 2-0 when he collected a forward pass and charged clear. His low shot was headed just inside the post but Konsel got down to finger-tip the ball round the post.
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