Hartberg and WAC Victories Increase Pressure on Viennese Clubs

Hartberg and WAC Victories Increase Pressure on Viennese Clubs

Two rounds prior to the division of points, the team in eighth position is visiting the third place, while the team in fifth place is visiting the tenth. At this juncture, it is crucial to observe the division line. Unfortunately, the results are not favorable for any of the Bundesliga clubs in Vienna before today’s Vienna derby.

WAC emerged victorious against LASK with a 1-0 score, securing the sixth place before Sunday’s games. Hartberg, on the other hand, won 2-1 against Altach, taking a significant step towards participating in the championship group for the second time. Salzburg nearly achieved a record win against Lustenau, the team at the bottom of the table.

WAC’s Victory Away from Home

By winning 1-0 against SHOT , the Wolfsberger team, managed by former Austria coach Manfred Schmid, secured the sixth place. WAC scored the first goal following a foul penalty by ex-Rapidler Thierno Ballo, shortly after which the Linzers were weakened due to a foul resulting in a red card for their captain Robert Zulj against Baumgartner, who was also fouled on the penalty kick.

Despite being outnumbered, LASK managed to defend against further attacks from the Carinthians, but couldn’t equalize the score.

A Birthday Gift for Schopp from Hartberg

With a 2-1 victory over Altach in Vorarlberg, Not only did the Hartbergers present their coach Markus Schopp with a late 50th birthday present, but also put themselves in an exceptional position for the upcoming points division.

Altach held off the Styrian offensive in power play with 10 men. Mike Bahre (40th) managed to make it 1-0 for the Vorarlbergers before Gustavo Santos was sent off (struggle). However, Frieser equalized the score shortly after coming on as a substitute (67′), and Donis Avdijaj scored the winning goal in the 84th minute. The Hartbergers, who will be keenly observing the Vienna Derby, would be relieved as the clubs in 7th and 8th place take points away from each other.

Celebration for Salzburg

The first-ranked team hosted the last-ranked team and the roles were played out accordingly. After just 18 minutes, Lustenau had to strive to prevent a disaster as Salzburg was already 3-0 up with goals from Fernando, Lins (own goal), and Kjaergaard.

Lustenau’s defense seemed unprepared and they looked on in astonishment at Salzburg’s actions. Salzburg increased their lead to 4-0 through Fernando again, with Lustenau acting as support. With less than 20 percent ball possession, Vorarlberg’s poor play was further punished after the break, as Salzburg extended their lead with goals from Gloukh, Konate, and an own goal from Maak, winning 7-0.