Goals from Radoslaw Kaluzny, Jacek Krzynówek and Tomasz Frankowski earned Poland a valuable three points in the Ernst Happel stadium. After a frantic opening half, two late goals secured the win despite the visitors having to play the final minutes with just ten men.
 Austria coach Hans Krankl sprung a surprise by dropping in-form striker Roland Kollmann, instead opting for the experienced Ivica Vastic. Meanwhile, injury-riddled Poland made a total of seven changes to the team which were beaten 2-1 by England a month ago.
 The game began at a high tempo which was to continue throughout the first period. Just five minutes in Austria went close after a Andreas Ivanschitz free-kick was met by Vastic and turned on to the post by goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
 However, just five minutes later it was Poland who were celebrating. It came from another set-piece, as Tomasz Rzasa saw his glancing header from Maciej Zurawski's free-kick saved down low by Alex Manninger but the goalkeeper was helpless as Kaluzny turned in the loose ball from close range.
 After going behind Austria stepped up their game and were denied on 19 minutes when Dudek pulled off a miraculous save from point-blank range from an Ivanschitz header. However, the pressure told as Schopp broke through 16 minutes before the interval. A cross-field pass from René Aufhauser found Schopp in space and, cutting in from the right wing, he ghosted inside Rzasa before firing under Dudek for a deserved equaliser.
 After a hectic first half, the second started in far more pedestrian fashion as both teams struggled to get a stranglehold on the game. Chances were few and far between and it was no surprise when it was a set-piece that led to Poland retaking the lead. With 78 minutes gone, Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Krzynówek blasted in from just outside the area.
 A frantic finale ensued as Austria pressed with Markus Kiesenebner twice going close from long range before their chances were increased further when Arkadiusz Radomski saw red for a second bookable offence. But it was not to be for the home side as Poland scored a third on the break. Finding himself free, Frankowski, in his first international appearance for four years, found the net at the second attempt.