With 24 points, Rapid was in fifth place before the evening game between Austria and LASK, while Admira couldn’t get away from the penultimate place – three points ahead of the bottom group Altach. The Lower Austrians, who in the meantime were able to equalize in front of over 3,000 spectators by Stefan Zwierschitz (18th), did not reward themselves for a courageous appearance and have already been without a win for eight rounds. In addition, you remain harmless in your own stadium, conceded the fifth home defeat in the ninth game (two draws).
Feldhofer brought on left winger Jonas Auer and Srdjan Grahovac in defensive midfield. It was also the Greek who gave Rapid the lead in the first goal scene with a nice solo and a full shot into the far corner, but also benefited from the passivity of the Admira defenders. It didn’t take long, of course, for the hosts to reward themselves for their committed demeanor: After a free kick, Zwierschitz headed the ball in an arc over rapid goalie Paul Gartler to equalize.
Up to the 30th minute there was a brisk, even game, of which the Admira optically even had a little more. Scoring chances were still in short supply, if one disregards a shot by Marlon Mustaphas blocked by Grahovac (24th). After half an hour the duel became more and more confused, only the break brought improvement.
Rapid, in particular, showed more traction towards the goal and spoke for the first time through Robert Ljubicic with a patty head after a corner (48th). Then Fountas Admira goalkeeper Andreas Leitner checked from the left (55th). Green-White was also very lucky: After a literal slip by Emanuel Aiwu on a free kick, the ball landed at Mustapha, who only hit the bar after Solo in front of Gartler (54th).
Feldhofer brought in a fresh trio with Dejan Petrovic, Kelvin Arase and Kara in the 57th minute, the latter finally rewarded the increased efforts of Rapid: After a soulful cross from Fountas, the incoming powerhouse headed in from a few meters to 2: 1.
The Admira did not give up and appeared several times dangerously in the opposing third. Luca Kronberger, who had just missed (62nd), aimed over the goal (66th), Marco Hausjell was blocked in the penalty area (72nd), Kronberger found his master in Gartler (89th). In the end, Rapid did not let anything burn in the turbulent final phase, but failed to close the bag. Arase failed after a solo at Leitner, and Koya Kitagawa forgave miserably (87th each). Kara’s alleged 3-1 was not recognized because of offside (91st). (APA / red.)