Former Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick made a remarkable start to his tenure in charge of the Austrian national team, defeating Croatia 3-0 in their Nations League opener.
The win was Austria’s fifth consecutive away win in the UEFA Nations League. Ending Croatia’s nine-games unbeaten run.
Croatia started on the front foot at the Stadion Gradski vrt stadium in Osijek. Dalic’s men dominated most of the possession, controlling 60 per cent in the first half.
Rangnick’s men stunned the host in the 41st minutes when former West Ham striker, Marko Arnautovic tucked his strike into the bottom corner to give Austria the lead heading into the break.
Austria made a treble substitution at the interval, with Rangnick keen to take a look at his squad.
Two second half goals in the space of three minutes sealed the three points for Austria.
Speaking after the game, Rangnick said he was pleased with how his side navigated some early pressure to come out on top.
“We had problems in the first 25 minutes, but getting the lead just before the break did us good,” he said. In the second half we played really well and scored two wonderful goals – we could even have scored more. I am very satisfied.” He concluded.
“The players were full of energy. Croatia are an excellent team, but we played a great match. We turned our chances to goals and deserved this win. We want to return to the top.” Arnautović added.
According to OPTA, Rangnick became the first manager to guide Austria to a win and a clean sheet in their debut since Hans Krankl in 2002.
Austria host Denmark on Monday at home as they continue their UEFA Nations League Campaign.