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Jagd auf den Red Bull

Can one of Austria's biggest clubs take back the crown from Red Bull?
Started on 27 October 2018 by mgriffin2012 / First Post
Latest Reply on 25 April 2019 by Imagine / Last Post
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1 yearEdited


Late Goals Secure Safe Passage


Two late goals from Bright Edomwonyi and Dominik Prokop were enough for Austria Wien to safely navigate their way through the second round of the OFB-Cup and seal their place in the next stage of the competition, as Christopher Steegmann’s team beat second tier ASK Amstetten 2-0 at the Generali Arena. The home side dominated the tie throughout despite playing a rotated side and the manager will no doubt be pleased with his sides performance, except for maybe the poor finishing up until Die Vielchen’s Nigerian forward Edomwonyi slotted home with 14 minutes left to play.

Austria had dominated the game throughout creating numerous chances with Christoph Martschinko putting in a Man of the Match worthy performance down the left wing, from wing back. The 24 year old could have had three or four assists over the course of the tie had it not been for poor finishing and Martschinko may well have played his way into Steegmann’s thinking ahead of the visit of Admira Wacker in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Amstetten goalkeeper Felix Gschossmann gave a very good account of himself in the visitors goal as he kept out chance after chance headed his way.

The opening goal of the game finally came in the 76th minute as Alexander Grunwald was played free on the edge of the penalty area before Die Vielchen’s captain squared the ball to Edomwonyi who was free inside the area, with the Nigerian gracefully slotting the ball home, giving Gschossmann no chance. It was a goal that meant Amstetten had to abandon their heavily defensive shape and come out and attack Austria if they wanted to get back into the tie, and Die Vielchen finally put the game to bed in the 84th minute as Dominik Prokop cut inside and curled a delightful shot past Gschossman to make it 2-0 and seal a place in the Third Round for Die Vielchen.

After the game Steegmann was very praising of his players, particularly as he had named a rotated side for the Second Round game, with Thomas Ebner, the aforementioned Matschinko and David Cancola all starting, having not featured regularly so far this season. In the absence of Venuto, who missed the game through the hamstring injury sustained in the victory over Sturm Graz, Steegmann also named 19 year old Dominik Fitz in the starting XI with the youngster impressing with his runs and movement down the right wing and Die Vielchen fans will no doubt be hoping Fitz features regularly for Austria throughout the remainder of the season.

For now though, Austria turn their attentions back to the Bundesliga, where they host Admira Wacker this Sunday at the Generali Arena knowing they could sit a top of the Bundesliga table after 9 rounds should they beat the leagues bottom placed side. Their next game in the OFB-Cup will see Austria visit LASK Linz at the end of October with a place in the Quarter Finals at stake.


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jmc-1989: Thanks mate, glad you’re enjoying it, hopefully you continue to do so!

ScottT: Thanks man, really enjoyed making this one :D

Last Update: #10 Steegmann: “Progress Is Great But Title Talk Is Premature”
Next Update: #12 Month In Focus: September
Certainly not the easy tie we perhaps expected. But a win is a win and progression has been confirmed, so it doesn't matter. Hopefully you'll be able to beat Linz to carry on your cup run in the next round.
Good to keep the momentum rolling, title talk may be premature for any other manager but you :P
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01.10.18, Christopher Steegmann: ‘A quite simply stunning month. When I took this job in July I did not expect to be sat here writing this at the end of September with us sitting top of the table. The football we have been playing lately has simply been superb and the results have reflected that. To have put together seven straight victories is quite an achievement for any club and they have all been deserved for one reason or another. We’ve shown that we can attack with beautiful flowing football and defend with our backs against the wall like we did against Sturm Graz and fight back from going behind like we did against Admira Wacker. We are well ahead of schedule at the moment, like I said I never expected to be challenging for the title this early into my reign but long may it continue. We have a tough month of fixtures ahead of us in October with three league games away from home, including the big game against Red Bull Salzburg but hopefully if we continue performing the way we have been, we can pick up more points and keep ourselves in contention for that top spot.’















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ScottT: Yeah they were stronger than I thought they were going to be and defensively they were a lot more solid. But we’re still learning and adapting to an intense style of play so there were going to be games like this where we struggled a bit, but ultimately we got the victory and we’re through to the next round!

Justice: I love your optimism :P

Last Update: #11 Late Goals Secure Safe Passage
Next Update: #13 Rose: "Draw Shows Austria Wien Can Compete For Title"
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Great month of results there, that have you in your rightful position of top. ;) Hopefully you'll be able to follow up those results with more, to cement your lead.
Boom Boom Boom Boom! Strong month to send you top of the standings! That's a big game against RB Salzburg next month, win that and you're in control of the title race!
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1 yearEdited


Rose: “Draw Shows Austria Wien Can Compete For Title”


Speaking to Bundesliga.at today, after his side were held 0-0 by Austria Wien at the Red Bull Arena on Matchday 11, Red Bull Salzburg manager Marco Rose today gave his opinions on the visitors to the 12 times Bundesliga Champions. Salzburg have won the last 5 iterations of the Bundesliga since 2013, which was incidentally won by Austria Wien, and have made another strong start to the season this time around as they look to defend their crown for a sixth successive season. On Saturday, the two sides played out an entertaining goalless draw at the Red Bull Arena, in a tie that was fiercely contested with tensions rising high throughout the 90 minutes with both sets of fans creating a raucous atmosphere.

For Austria Wien, it was a draw that brought to an end, a run of seven Bundesliga victories on the bounce as Christopher Steegmann’s side roared their way up to second with a run of strong attacking performances built on a solid defensive base. Meanwhile for Rose and Salzburg an opening day defeat to Rapid Wien has quickly been forgotten as Salzburg have gone unbeaten in their 11 games since, and now occupy third spot in the division behind joint leaders Sturm Graz and Austria Wien. With the Bundesliga campaign now having reached the halfway stage before the table splits into the Championship group and the Relegation group, Salzburg will be looking to continue their fine form as they look to seal their thirteenth Bundesliga title.

Speaking to Bundesliga.at, Rose went on to say how highly he thought of the work that Christopher Steegmann was doing at the Generali Arena and that he fully believed that Austria Wien were in the title race and would be competing for the trophy come the end of the season. “For me, they have been the best team in the division since the start of the season. They started off with the three draws of course but since then they’ve found their rhythm and look like a very dangerous side. They proved against us how well they can defend when they have to and they offered a lot of threat throughout the game at the Red Bull Arena too.”

“Christopher has done some amazing work there in his short time at the club and although he says otherwise publicly, they are very much a contender for the league title and they will be pushing for the top spot come the end of the season. Behind closed doors and on the training ground I am sure Christopher will be telling his team that they can go on and win the title especially now that they have drawn away from home at the reigning Champions and sit three points ahead of us. One thing I know for certain is that the title race will go down to the wire this year and we are really going to have turn on the style if we are going to win our thirteenth league title this season.”


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ScottT: Yeah four wins on the bounce is great, especially considering how well we’ve turned around the three successive draws and the defensive mishaps. We’re still creating a lot of chances but the difference is we’re now taking them and converting them!

Justice: Boom boom shake shake the room! Is/was a massive game!

Last Update: #12 Month In Focus: September
Next Update: #14 Two Missed Penalties As Austria Wien Reach Quarter Finals
It is a good result, no ground lost to RBS. If you can stay unbeaten in the big games and win the ones you are expected to, you have a very good chance of securing the league title!
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As long as you keep picking up results; you don't need to worry about Salzburg. Tunnel-vision is the best way when you're the ones in control of your fate.
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1 yearEdited


Two Missed Penalties As Austria Reach Quarter Finals


Both sides missed a spot kick in this third round meeting in Linz as a goal from Bright Edomwinyi just after the hour mark was enough to send Austria through to the Quarter Finals of the OFB-Cup. It was another dominating display from Christopher Steegmann’s Die Vielchen, and defensively the visitors were sound as they limited LASK to very few shots. Ultimately though it was Patrick Pentz who was the hero for Austria Wien as he saved Peter Michorl’s penalty after half an hour when the scores were still locked at 0-0.

Alexander Grunwald’s shaky form from the spot continued as his penalty in the opening exchanges was also saved, but fortunately for the club captain, Edomwinyi was able to step up in the second half to save his captains blushes and put Austria into the last 8. The Nigerian forward was slipped through on goal by David Cancola, with the pacey forward surging through on goal before slotting the ball to the left hand side of Alexander Schagler and into the back of the net to give the travelling Vielchen supporters hope of a Quarter Final berth. LASK, who had set up their stall over the course of the game sitting deep, then struggled to push higher up as Austria suffocated them with their heavy pressing and own high line.

Steegmann will be particularly pleased as his rotated side, forced upon the manager by a plague of injuries, was able to see out the victory and progress in a competition that Austria fans will clearly hope to see their side winning come the date of the final at the beginning of May. The German will also be eagerly looking forward to the return of some of his first choice first team players, such as Uros Matic and Dominik Prokop, as Austria look to continue playing the free flowing attacking football that has made their form this season so enjoyable to watch.

For now though, Austria fans have Sunday’s Wiener Derby at the Generali Arena to look forward to with Christopher Steegmann and his side looking to take the bragging rights in the city, for the time being at least, after the 2-2 draw at the Allianz Stadion earlier in the season. The two sides will also clash in the Quarter Finals of the OFB-Cup, with the draw setting up a highly anticipated clash between the two Wien rivals on October 21st at the Allianz Stadion as both sides will look to earn their place in the last four and the semi finals of the cup.


Comments

Justice: It feels good to have gone there and come away with a point and a clean sheet and keep them off our backs. Really impressed with how well we’re performing so far this season, something special might be brewing!

ScottT: Tunnel Vision, target acquired: Bundesliga title!

Last Update: #13 Rose: “Draw Shows Austria Wien Can Compete For Title”
Next Update: #15 Month In Focus: October
A narrow victory, but an important one. Being able to win games like that is the sign of a title-winning team. You can't always blow teams away and it is the ability to be able to do the absolute necessary which defines a team's chances of being the best. A win is always a win, no matter what the stats around it say.
Great result nevertheless to book your place in the last four. A double could be in store!
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1 yearEdited

01.11.18, Christopher Steegmann: On the whole another brilliant month, and I would argue probably one of our most important months. With all three of our league games being away from home we have ground out some very important results including two victories against two of the teams in the bottom half of the table and a very hard earned point against Red Bull Salzburg. That game could have gone either way with both sides having their fair share of decent chances that would have won the game so to keep a clean sheet and keep them at bay and retain our place in the top two of the table is excellent. The victory over Mattersberg was very hard fought, as was the win over Hartberg, especially as we played over an hour with ten men, only to snatch the winner late on which was particularly pleasing. We now move on to the second half of this main stage of the campaign and we’re very well placed, and look more than likely to achieve our goals for the season.












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Justice: Did really well to win a big tie when we didn’t perhaps play at our best, squad is depleted by injuries right now so to win this kind of games with a rotated squad is really pleasing!

ScottT: Onwards we march!

Last Update: #14 Two Missed Penalties As Austria Reach Quarter Finals
Next Update: #16 Austria Claim Wiener Bragging Rights
Odds on the title to be decided by 'Goals For'?
Very tight at the top currently! Hopefully Salzburg lose one of their games in hand to give some breathing room and keep it a two horse race. Quite surprised to see Rapid Wien behind a fair bit, albeit with a game in hand too.

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