Knasmullner Penalty Hands Rapid Derby Spoils
P Pentz, F Klein, Tarkan Serbest, A Borkovic, C Cuevas, D Cancola, J Jeggo (U Matic 72), Lucas Venuto (M Sax 62), M Canadi (A Grunwald 62), B Eleke, B Edomwonyi
R. Strebinger, L Klunter, S Posch, N Spolli, B Riveros, T Murg, A Abrashi (S Schwab 90), J Lea-Siliki, T Goiginger (C Knasmullner 56), O Kamara, H Preciado
Austria Wien’s hopes of landing the Bundesliga title took a significant blow today as they suffered defeat in the Wiener derby as Rapid Wien took the spoils as they claimed a 1-0 victory at the Generali Arena courtesy of a late penalty. With Rheindorf Altach seizing a surprise victory at home to Red Bull Salzburg, the third Wiener derby of the season was a huge opportunity for Christopher Steegmann and his team to close the gap on league leaders Salzburg, and the German will be holding his head in his hands after defeat at home to their bitter rivals sees Die Vielchen stay three points behind the league leaders.
Fresh off the back of their resounding 4-0 thumping of LASK Linz the previous weekend, confidence was high amongst Die Vielchen’s camp that they could continue their title charge with a strong showing in the latest Wiener derby but Rapid had other ideas. Carsten Jancker’s side were resolute throughout, and although Die Vielchen’s forward players will have to be ashamed of some of the chances they missed, Rapid will have a lot to be pleased about, and Jancker will be looking ahead to next season where he will hope the visitors to the Generali Arena today can push on, once European football has been secured this season.
It was one of Austria Wien’s brightest prospects that gave away the penalty that saw Rapid win the game as Alexander Borkovic bought Harold Preciado down in the area needlessly, although much contention remains around the decision to give the spot kick. However after receiving his yellow card, Borkovic was dealt the ultimate punishment as Christoph Knasmullner smashed his penalty into the bottom corner of the goal, sending Patrick Pentz the wrong way to seal the three points and send the travelling Rapid fans wild. The defeat will sting that little bit more for Die Vielchen as Harold Preciado and Ole Kamara were both sent off for horrible two footed lunges in the final 15 minutes, but Austria Wien failed to capitalise on their two men advantage and score the goal that would have earnt them at least a point at the Generali.
It was a victory for Rapid that does little for their chances of winning the Champions Play Off and ultimately the tipico Bundesliga but gives Carsten Jancker’s side a much better chance of qualifying for the Europa League, solidifying their position in fifth in the table. For Austria Wien though, as mentioned previously, Christopher Steegmann’s side missed out on the chance to close the gap on Salzburg after the league leaders defeat and their attentions will now turn to Friday nights meeting with Rheindorf Altach and making sure that they don’t slip to a similar result as their nearest rivals.
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