Edomwonyi Strike Draws Die Vielchen Level At TopAustria Wien: P Pentz, F Klein, M Madl, A Borkovic (Tarkan Serbest 74), C Cuevas, D Cancola (U Matic 72), J Jeggo, Lucas Venuto, A Grunwald, B Eleke, B Edomwonyi (K Friesenbichler 90)
Red Bull Salzburg: C Stankovic, S Lainer, M Pongracic, Jubal, B Bolingoli (R Yabo 45), Z Junuzovic, X Schagler (L Spendlhofer 78), A Modiba, H Wolf, M Dabbur (S Prevljak 78), E Haland
Bright Edomwonyi’s 14th goal of the season was enough to secure a huge win for Die Vielchen as they beat Red Bull Salzburg 1-0 at the Generali Arena to move level at the top of the Bundesliga table with just five games to go. Despite having lost to Salzburg on Matchday 22 before the league was split in two, Austria Wien have managed to claw back the deficit that was established by Marco Rose’s side in the first five games of the Champions Play Off, and now Christopher Steegmann’s side look capable of going on to win the Bundesliga this season and with five games to go, momentum may well just be in favour of Die Vielchen. It was a tense atmosphere at the Generali Arena, but the Austria Wien players handled the occasion well as they secured a vital victory in their bid to be crowned Champions of Austria.
There is of course another meeting between these two sides to come at the Red Bull Arena in the final game of the season for both teams but for now Austria Wien will be confident with the way they disposed of Salzburg tonight winning the game in a calm controlled manner. Salzburg, although they looked threatening going forward, looked shaky at the back with former Die Vielchen defender Jubal suffering on his return to the Generali Arena, with Bright Edomwonyi causing the Brazilian all sorts of problems with his relentless pressing of the 26 year old central defender.
The home team set out to attack Salzburg from the off with their high intensity and heavy pressing style of play and straight from kick off, Salzburg struggled to deal with the full frontal assault on their backline. However the visitors looked dangerous going forward too with the likes of Zlatko Junuzovic capable of pulling the ball out of nowhere and spraying a inch perfect pass to Dabbur or Haland who led the Salzburg line. However it was Bright Edomwonyi who opened the scoring just a minute before the half time break as he glanced Lucas Venuto’s cross past Stankovic in the Salzburg goal and into the far corner to make it 1-0 and score what proved to be the winning goal.
Both Cican Stankovic and Patrick Pentz were called into action in the second half with both goalkeepers proving why they are such vital components of these two table topping teams but it was Pentz who did his claims for the Goalkeeper of the Year award no harms. The 23 year old was forced into action with just five minutes before full time as Munas Dabbur powered a header towards Die Vielchen’s goal but Pentz made an incredible reactionary save to deny Salzburg an equaliser as Die Vielchen secured a massive victory in their hunt for a 25th Bundesliga title.
As the hunt for the title now heats up even further with just five games to go, Die Vielchen play their penultimate game of the season at the Generali Arena next as LASK Linz visit the capital. Meanwhile Salzburg will travel to Mattersburg for a crunch game in the bid for the title.
CommentsGriffo: Game. On
ScottT: It could be costly but we’re more than good enough to make up for it!
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