This Sunday, three matches were scheduled in the Bundesliga. In the top game, Red Bull Salzburg challenged the WAC. Salzburg almost got off to the ideal start, but when Adamus finished (9th) a Wolfsberger had a leg between them and the ball went wide of the goal. Only at the end of the first half of the game did the “bulls” have a clear chance to score again: Karim Adeyemi already seemed to get past WAC keeper Alexander Kofler, but the goalkeeper saved the corner (39th). The WAC did not record a shot on the opposing goal until the break whistle. Tai Baribo came close, but the nine-time goalscorer of the season didn’t hit the ball ideally after a long pass from Dominik Baumgartner, who was fit again (16′).
After a change of sides, Salzburg visibly tried to increase the pressure. After an hour, a hit was in the air. The advanced Piatkowski headed wide of the post (63′), Mohamed Camara shot wide of the far post (66′), Brendan Aaronson did everything right except for the shot (71′). For their part, the Wolfsbergers tried to set accents again in the finish. This worked well into injury time before Salzburg got their reward. Substitute Sucic pulled away after Danish work from Kristensen and Kjaergaard before Aaronson even doubled down against disappointed guests.
Two laps before the end of the regular season, Austria Klagenfurt is heading towards the master group. Peter Pacult’s team celebrated a 2-0 (2-0) home win over bottom Altach. The insecure Altacher brought in the entire first half only one shot by Gianluca Gaudino (8th / goalkeeper Lennart Moser saved) and not much else together. The Vorarlbergers’ significantly higher ball possession was not reflected in dangerous actions due to a lack of ideas.
Altach coach Magnin reacted at the break by substituting Christoph Monschein and Manuel Thurnwald, but Austria again set the tone. Jaritz failed in a solo run to Casali (51st), Cvetko headed just wide (52nd). Nothing indicated that the guests were catching up, who not only lacked offensive danger, but also lacked the bite in the relegation battle.
Altach’s best chance came in the 74th minute, when Moser had to intervene almost out of nowhere when Dominik Reiter shot. After all, the SCR at least pushed for the next goal in the finish, but remained dull against the Klagenfurt team, who were standing ever lower. On the Klagenfurt side, Jaritz tested Casali again, Cvetko chased the ball into the clouds from a good position (both 78′). The final point was a shot from Altach’s Bakary Nimaga (91′).
Sturm presented himself unchanged compared to the performance in Innsbruck and also made a dream start. After a throw-in, Jantscher prevailed in a duel with Aiwu, gave to the middle and Höjlund completed the free-standing five. Hedl prevented a double strike from a Jantscher shot into the near post (7′). It was also Jantscher who shot wide of the far corner in the 25th minute. From this point on, the Viennese became more secure with the ball, switched well and also got into the last zone better. Sturm lost control of the game and showed weakness with a dead ball.
At a corner, Marco Grüll indicated that he would shoot it, but it was executed by Jonas Auer and his cross was used by the unprotected Aiwu on the five with a head. The 1:1 was due to Rapid’s increase in the second part of the first half. After the break, the characteristics of the game changed again, Sturm made a little more for the game and was closer to the winning goal. Even if there was little compelling to see from the game in an intense event, the Grazers presented again.
Moormann, who had just come on as a substitute, brought down Gregory Wüthrich in the penalty area and referee Walter Altmann decided on a penalty after being advised by the video referee. During the action, Filip Stojkovic also bumped into Sturm’s Jon Gorenc-Stankovic, which meant that the player from Graz, who had previously suffered a knee injury, had to be replaced. Jantscher sunk the penalty effortlessly.
However, Rapid came back again, supported by more than 1,000 away fans, and again a set piece was the starting point. After a Demir corner, Wimmer happily got the ball in the penalty area and hammered the ball under the crossbar with his left. There was almost more inside. After another Demir corner and a Siebenhandl mistake, the ball landed on the post and David Affengruber was just able to scrape Robert Ljubicic’s header off the line (85′). So there was a division of points in the duel between the two coach friends Feldhofer and Christian Ilzer.