That's a massive pain. Fingers crossed he is tempted to stay or a decent fee is received so a suitable replacement can be found.
Matic And Edomwonyi Doubles Seal Wiener Derby WinAustria Wien: P Pentz, F Klein, M Madl, T Hubocan (A Borkovic 62), C Cuevas (T Ebner 20), J Jeggo, U Matic, L Venuto (M Sax 76), A Grunwald, D Prokop, B Edomwonyi
Rapid Wien: R Strebinger, N Vidal, M Barac, N Spolli, M Potzmann, R Windbichler (S Auer 57), S Schwab, T Goiginger, T Szanto (T Murg 68), J Lea-Siliki, Angel (S Andersson 62)
Braces from Uros Matic and Bright Edomwonyi, the pairs first goals of the season, handed Austria Wien a brilliant 4-1 victory over bitter rivals Rapid in the first Wiener Derby of the season. It was a victory that meant Austria continued their winning start to the season, with two wins from two games, with six goals scored and just the one conceded, whilst Rapid were consigned to a second successive Bundesliga defeat of the season as they buckled under the pressure at the Generali Arena. Off the back of the thumping 3-0 win for Austria against Rapid towards the back end of last season, the bragging rights belong well and truly with Die Vielchen fans, as Austria laid out their title credentials early on here.
Christopher Steegmann named a strong Die Vielchen line up for a huge game against their eternal rivals, handing a competitive debut to Tomas Hubocan in the heart of his defence with the 33 year old Slovakian, partnering the returning Michael Madl who returned from suspension. The pair played very well together, showcasing a solid understanding as Hubocan’s experience at the highest level of European football showed with the Slovak providing steel and a calm head in the heart of Austria’s backline. Meanwhile Austria’s forward line looked like they were starting to click into gear as Venuto, Grunwald, Prokop and Edomwonyi looked threatening throughout, giving Strebinger little relief over the course of the ninety minutes in the Rapid goal.
It was the Serbian Matic who opened the scoring inside five minutes with a powerful and curled effort from just inside the penalty area giving Austria the lead, after Die Vielchen had won the ball back high up the pitch in a perfect example of their pressing game. Edomwonyi had made it 2 just after the half an hour mark with a simple cushioned header from a Lucas Venuto cross as Rapid started to fall apart at the General Arena, before Matic all but sealed the victory for Austria with a thumping effort from outside the penalty area which flew past Strebinger in the Rapid goal to make it three. A fourth goal came just after the hour mark with Austria in charge and dominating the game as Edomwonyi was slipped through and the Nigerian coolly slotted home for his second of the game and the season to ensure it was going to be a memorable night for the home fans. Rapid did pull one back in stoppage time through Lea-Siliki, but it was nothing but a mere consolation for an awful afternoon for Rapid and their travelling fans and it will be Die Vielchen fans who celebrate long into the night after this emphatic victory.
It was yet another timely reminder to both Die Vielchen and Rapid fans what this Austria team is capable of under manager Christopher Steegmann and alongside the performance of the team, the noise generated by Die Vielchen fans today showed that if they can continue in this vein of form then Austria Wien will be a real contender for the Bundesliga crown this year. With a trip to Russia coming up on Wednesday though, Austria’s focus will now turn to Champions League duty and preparing for the biggest game of the Steegmann era as Die Vielchen look to end their long wait for Champions League football at the Generali Arena.
CommentsJustice: Nope it’s not good at all. He did sign a new deal in the summer though and in the Bundesliga you have to offer a player a minimum of three years so he’s got time left on his deal so we could keep him!
Jack: Just wish all those interested clubs would divert their interest elsewhere
ScottT: I think if he were to be sold we’d be selling ourselves really short right now with the amount of time left in the window!
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