Champion Red Bull Salzburg was a guest in Hartberg on Saturday evening. After the 2-1 defeat at Sturm Graz last week, the Bulls wanted to start again. The Mozart townspeople had to do without head coach Matthias Jaissle, who was unable to stand on the sidelines due to illness. The Hartbergers also suffered a 1:2 defeat at WSG Tirol last week. Nevertheless, the Styrians saw the game as a bonus game. Benjamin Sesko had the first big chance. Sucic put the ball through to the Slovenian. He lifted the ball over Swete, but also next to the goal. So it stayed at 0:0.
The Salzburg jewel also had a great opportunity for the opening goal in the 19th minute. Sesko took the ball perfectly, but Swete skillfully shortened the angle. The ball went out.
TSV coach Klaus Schmidt’s plan worked during this phase. His team cleverly concentrated the center with a five-man chain and three deep midfielders. The favorites played less and less offensively before Fernando tested Swete again with a central shot (43′).
Salvation from Salzburg’s point of view came early in the second half. Fernando sped past Mario Sonnleitner in a running duel after taking the ball a bit fortunately and used his own margin. Ten minutes later, a fine game shift by the well-disposed Luka Sucic initiated the decision. Wöber put it across and Capaldo pushed the ball over the line from close range. Sonnleitner probably slipped decisively in the center.
Hartberg remained dangerous, especially through Paintsil’s expansive dribbles, his strike partner Dario Tadic remained pale in the absence of Donis Avdijaj, who had moved to Zurich. And thanks to their defensive uncompromising nature, Salzburg were no longer embarrassed on the way to their second win of the season. The short appearance ended bitterly for youngster Mamady Diambou, who saw yellow-red (84th/90th) within a short time after being substituted on.