To be fair, it should be emphasized: after a difficult week, the Bulls rested many of their regular players and made nine changes to the starting eleven. But there should be no talk of B-Elf as has been reported in some media. The top favorite was still playing against the perceived underdog.
However, Linz did an excellent job and frustrated the series champions with a highly disciplined defence. When in the 61st minute Gerald Scheiblehner’s team made everything clear with a beautiful Ronivaldo shot from the edge of the penalty area and saved the lead with time running out, Hamburg’s impressive streak was broken: 37 rounds or 45 home games without defeat. . The last time they lost was against Sturm Graz in July last year.
Now it is the men from Graz who can take advantage of the Bulls’ unplanned lapse. However, to do so they will have to beat Rapid this Sunday (5pm). The runner-up could overtake Salzberg.