The Tyrolean coach Thomas Silberberger cheered at 2-0 through LASK loan Thomas Sabitzer as if the match had been won. And there was hardly a phase when you really had the feeling that Linz could become a goal threat.
The players from the Swarovski city were the more dangerous team in Innsbruck’s Tivoli Stadium from the start – LASK were visually superior at first, but mostly played wide. And so it happened that WSG took the lead in the 22nd minute with a powerful header from Giacomo Vrioni.
After that, the Tyroleans continued to play, the LASK was defensively good for a mistake again and again. It was the same in the first minutes of added time in half one. Sabitzer played Sako on the left pentagon – the LASK defender fell like a student – and Sabitzer pushed the ball past LASK goalie Alex Schlager to make it 2-0.
In the second half, LASK tried harder – but here too, without really becoming a goal threat. Only in the final phase did the game regain momentum. LASK got a penalty after Behounek fouled Gruber – Goiginger converted confidently in the 86th minute. After that, LASK still had a good chance to equalize, but Horvath’s shot was blocked. In the end, the WSG Tirol won 2:1 and made it into the UECL playoff against Rapid.