Austria Vienna has no chance of advancing to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. Zenit St Petersburg needs a win to a advance, FC Porto sits behind them by one point.
“It was our last chance to qualify for the next round, and luckily Porto also drew, and because of that if we win our match against Austria we will qualify,” defender Lombaerts told UEFA.com.
“Now we have everything in our own hands and the return match against Austria is the most important match of the season.
“It is a very exciting battle for second place. It was clear from the first match that Atletico would win this group, and that the other three would be fighting for second place.
“Now we have a one-point lead and we have it all in our own hands, but we will have to fight until the bitter end. We are motivated because we did not manage to qualify last season. I think we gave it away, we gave away points. It is in our own hands now.
“It would be a shame if we give it away again. We have to give 100% for one more game and then we should be able to achieve it.”
Date: December 11
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Vienna, Austria
TV Info: Not televised in United States
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
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Key - POS: Position, P: Games Played, W: Wins, D: Draws, L: Losses, F: Goals Scored, A: Goals Allowed, GD: Goal Difference, Pts: Points