Salzburg was overcoming frustration, 1:1 in storm against Rapid

LASK won duel for third place against WAC in the German Soccer League.

LASK – WAC 2:0 (1:0)

The LASK is the third team in the Bundesliga to take a break from international matches. On Sunday, the Upper Austrians won the nominal top game of the 6th round against the WAC with 2:0 (1:0) and are therefore still unbeaten this season in home games. With its second defeat of the season, the WAC dropped back to seventh place.

Peter Michorl with a free-kick into Kreuzeck (29th) and James Holland with his first Bundesliga goal (48th) shot the LASK to the fourth victory in the sixth game.

WAC coach Christian Ilzer had to give the regular goalkeeper Alexander Kofler, who had injured himself in Friday’s training. For him, Marko Soldo was in the goal, but the 21-year-old was practically unemployed for half an hour. Because the Wolfsberger made the game in the first half, combined well, attacked early and did not let the LASK unfold.

The only chance of the initial phase had also the WAC by a header of Dever Orgill (12.). With the first shot on goal and from a standard situation, however, the previously harmless LASK took the lead. Michorl took a free-kick from about 22 meters into the cross corner.

Mario Leitgeb had the best chance to equalize (33.), before the Linz team added to the score immediately after the break. Holland scored after great preparatory work by Joao Victor and was able to celebrate his first goal in his 133rd Bundesliga game.

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Salzburg – Admira 3:1 (1:0)

Red Bull Salzburg has been a cautious frustrator. In their 3-1 home win against the Admira, the Salzburgers were struck by the after-effects of the Champions League, which they missed again, but their sixth win of the season was well deserved. The team of coach Marco Rose is still at the top of the league without losing any points and four points ahead of St. Pölten.

Takumi Minamino (44.), Enock Mwepu (60.) and Amadou Haidara (88.) scored the goals for the Salzburg team four days after the CL drama against Red Star Belgrade (2:2) and brought them the expected compulsory victory. The Admira fought back with all her might, but was relatively far away from the fifth point of this season, despite the goal that Wilhelm Vorsager (68th) had scored in the meantime. For the ninth placed team of coach Ernst Baumeister it was the second league goal of the season.

Storm – Rapid 1:1 (1:0)

Sturm Graz and Rapid said goodbye with a 1:1 remis in the international break. Both teams are lagging behind their expectations with nine points. The Viennese, who moved up to the Europa League group stage on Thursday, are in fifth place just before the now six games of compulsory matches in Graz.

It was the ex-Grazer Deni Alar who saved Rapid from defeat in the Merkur Arena in front of 14,487 spectators with his goal in the 78th minute. Peter Zulj had shot the hosts into the lead with a very controversial penalty kick (37th). Sturm is thus unbeaten in the Bundesliga already five games against Rapid. The 400th home win in the history of the league was denied to the team from Graz, but the 400th draw marked another anniversary for them. See here to know more about Drift Casino.

Rapid coach Goran Djuricin did without a strong rotation this time after the European Cup appearance on Thursday, made only two changes compared to the 1:2 defeat in Bucharest, which was enough for the promotion. Maximilian Hofmann joined the team for the battered Mateo Barac, Veton Berisha replaced Romanian Andrei Ivan in the offensive. In the case of Sturm, there were also two changes compared to the league 1:1 in the WAC. Philipp Huspek surprisingly got the advantage over Philipp Hosiner at the front line, Markus Lackner played instead of Sandi Lovric.

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ÖFB women finish World Cup qualifying second after 4:1 against Finland

Team boss Dominik Thalhammer’s team won five of the eight qualifying games. There was only nothing to win against Spanish girls who had been flawless up to then, and in addition they surprisingly only managed to draw against Serbia at home. That was too little to stay in the race for a World Cup ticket.

Wiener Neustadt – Austria’s women’s national soccer team has completed qualification group 7 for the 2019 World Cup after a 4:1 (2:1) against Finland in second place. This was a more than conciliatory conclusion in Wiener Neustadt on Tuesday, after it had already been established that the play-off of the four best runners-up in the group was out of reach.

Nicole Billa (14) and Sarah Zadrazil (34) took the lead. The Finns were followed by Linda Sällström just before the break (45th). Only four minutes after the change of sides, Viktoria Pinther restored the two-goal lead (49th). Billa fixed the final score with her second goal (68.).

In addition to the clear victory, Lisa Makas also celebrated her comeback. The 26-year-old celebrated her return to the national team after 401 days after her cruciate ligament rupture at the 2017 European Championships in the Netherlands – the third serious knee injury of her career.

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  • ÖFB-Frauenliga: Winner 2014–15
  • ÖFB Ladies Cup: Winner 2013–14, 2014–15

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Superior start, lead after quarter of an hour

Austria began superior to the third-placed Finns and took the lead through Billa after less than a quarter of an hour. First she pushed the ball through the legs of a defender, before she was lucky enough to get her shot deflected into the goal. Ten minutes after the lead, Billa jumped the ball just beside the goal after a nice free-kick variant (24).

After a little more than half an hour, the Finnish goalkeeper was able to distinguish herself against the Hoffenheim regional team (33.). But Minna Meriluoto was powerless at the next corner. Zadrazil extended the ball with his heel into the goal. Shortly before going into the cabins, Sällström took advantage of a carelessness in the Austrian defense and scored the flattering follow-up goal after a counterattack.

The ÖFB selection showed the right reaction after the break. Katharina Schiechtl defended the ball in the penalty area with a lot of effort. After the pass, Pinther, who had been substituted for the break, only had to complete her first team goal. After 68 minutes the strong Billa finally scored her second goal. The 22-year-old finished after Schiechtl-Assist deliberately to 4:1.

Thus the team of team boss Dominik Thalhammer won five of the eight qualification games. Only against so far flawless Spaniards there was nothing to get, moreover, against Serbia at home surprisingly only one draw was enough. That was too little to stay in the race for a World Championship ticket. See Spin Fiesta for more details.