LASK can cheer. For the second time in the club’s history, the Linzers are wintering internationally – and that as group winners. After the last-minute win at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Andreas Wieland’s team won Group A at the premiere of the Conference League. “That’s a great story,” said coach Andreas Wieland after the game. The Upper Austrians have been unbeaten for a total of 11 European Cup games. A series that can definitely be seen.
That is an all-time club record as well as the seven away wins European Floor in a row. “It was a fantastic game from both sides in a noisy stadium, with a heated atmosphere and against strong opponents. Compliments to the team for opposing it, accepting the fight and celebrating a happy victory ”, summed up the Linz head coach. It was once again a welcome change from the extremely dreary day-to-day life of the league. Sascha Horvath scored the decisive goal. In addition to the victory bonus of 500,000 euros, the Linzers are now getting a group winner bonus of 650,000 euros
The mood is different at Sturm Graz. After the 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven it is clear that the “Blackies” will not hibernate in Europe. With one matchday before the end, the Styrians no longer have a chance to hibernate in the European Football Cup. As coach Christian Ilzer revealed after the game, they wanted to leave the game to PSV as much as possible. “We had a plan where we said we’d leave the game to PSV. PSV controlled us with possession but they found almost no chances to score. You played a lot, we checked everything that went in depth. ” However, the Grazer were too harmless offensively.
On December 9th, Sturm will say goodbye to the European stage with the home game against Monaco this season. After all, Sturm Graz can now concentrate on the domestic league. the Grazer have now fallen 15 points behind leaders Salzburg, although they still have the supplementary game against Altach on Tuesday in the hindquarters. Before that, Austria is still waiting in Vienna on Sunday.
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Not only Sturm Graz, but also Rapid had to admit defeat in the Europa League against West Ham United 2-0. The Viennese had no chance against the English at the Allianz Stadium and can therefore no longer finish Group H in the top two. Nevertheless, the hope of remaining in Europe is still alive. For that, however, a victory at Genk’s last group game on December 9th is required. A success in Belgium would be very important for the club, as interim coach Steffen Hofmann emphasized. “It would be a huge booster for the club if we could win.” On the other hand, the green-whites were far from a three-point against West Ham. “You could see we played against a top team,” said Hofmann.
Before the game, they speculated with a surprise. “We tried to keep the mood in the team high and believed that we could tear something. Unfortunately we didn’t succeed. ” Among other things, the “cheap” goals conceded, according to Hofmann, were to blame for this. “They could have been prevented.” Still, he didn’t blame his players. The team would have tried everything. “It didn’t work out,” said Hofmann.