Austria 2 Uruguay 1: Sabitzer & Schaub cancel out Cavani strike

Austria continued its impressive run of form with a narrow win over Uruguay in an international friendly in Vienna.

Marcel Sabitzer set the tone for the match by putting Austria on top in just the fifth minute.   -  Getty Images

Edinson Cavani scored his 40th international goal but it was not enough for Uruguay to avoid a late 2-1 defeat against Austria on Thursday.

Louis Schaub found the net with an 87th-minute free-kick to give Austria a third consecutive victory following a winning end to its unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign.

The home side went ahead in just the fifth minute through Marcel Sabitzer, the RB Leipzig star firing into an empty net after Martin Silva smothered Guido Burgstaller's initial effort.

But Uruguay immediately replied as an unmarked Cavani nodded in from Jonathan Urretaviscaya cross.

And the match seemed destined for a draw with neither side capable of causing trouble after the restart.

That was until Schaub's free-kick from wide on the right drifted untouched past a sea of bodies and inside the far post, putting an end to Uruguay's five-match unbeaten run.

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