Marvin Potzmann (36th) gave LASK the lead, Keito Nakamura (53rd) followed suit after the half-time break. The Japanese scored both goals for a 2-0 win against Alashkert in the Conference League on Thursday. In the 93rd minute, Peter Michorl used a penalty to make it 3-0.
Nakamura was a bit surprising in the starting lineup after the 21-year-old’s most recent corona test turned out negative, contrary to initial assumptions. Florian Flecker was back in the first team after his forced Corona break, Philipp Wiesinger and Marko Raguz were initially back on the bench after a long downtime. WSG coach Thomas Silberberger had to remove striker Giacomo Vrioni from the squad due to muscular problems.
In the first 20 minutes, both teams were rather cautious, with the exception of a few switching situations. LASK attacker Sascha Horvath was conspicuous, whose graduation ended in the 7th minute with WSG goalie Benjamin Ozegovic. The Tyroleans tried more often to play Thomas Sabitzer in depth, but he was mostly offside. The LASK then took over command, slowly the attack efforts became more determined. Christoph Monschein got a supine position in his attempt (34th). Potzmann then did better and completed after a presentation by Hong Hyun-seok with a low shot into the far corner.
Four minutes after the restart, Monschein chased the ball into Ozegovic’s arms. The ex-Austrian still has only one league goal for his new club. His first Bundesliga goal was then made by Nakamura, who grabbed a ball from Hong in the penalty area and surprised Ozegovic. The goalkeeper got the ball through his legs. The WSG sometimes played well, but in the last third the guests were a bit too cumbersome and vague. LASK had a lot of possession and was now in control of the game, and there were always counter opportunities.
Potzmann then put Sabitzer on loan from LASK in the penalty area. The fouled competed himself, but Alexander Schlager was there in the athletes’ goal in the lower left corner from his point of view. Substitute Wiesinger’s header (83rd) sailed next to the goal. After VAR activation and on-field control, referee Julian Weinberger also gave a penalty on the other side in stoppage time, which Michorl confidently sunk into the goal. (APA / red.)