Austria Claim Wiener Bragging Rights
In the second meeting between the two Wien giants in this season’s Bundesliga, a goal from Maximilian Sax in the 50th minute was enough for Austria Wien to beat eternal rivals Rapid 1-0 at the Generali Arena and continue their growing bid for the league title. Having been held at the Allianz Stadion earlier on in the season, the tide was turned at the Generali Arena with the home crowd roaring their side to victory and Christopher Steegmann masterminding an important victory over a Rapid side that are fast sliding down the table after a positive start to the campaign.
Austria were plagued by injuries, which meant their first choice eleven that has fired them towards the summit of the Bundesliga was absent and a rotated side had to come together as a unit. Players such as David Cancola, stepped up over the 90 minutes though and gave their own chances of claiming a starting XI spot a boost with fine performances. In a tense and turgid first half, it looked like neither side would break the deadlock with the scores being level at 0-0 at the break with neither side really creating many chances. Rapid though, with the firepower they possess were disappointing and highlighted why they are slipping down the table.
After the break, Sax took his goal extremely well, being slipped into space just inside the Rapid penalty area before firing a powerful effort into the top corner to send the home fans wild. Defensively Austria looked extremely strong and Rapid, when they did manage to test the home defence, didn’t ever really look like claiming the victory and come the full time whistle, it was Austria Wien and Christopher Steegmann who celebrated an important victory as Die Vielchen extended their unbeaten run in the league to 13 games and kept another clean sheet in the league.
It is a result that means for the time being that it is Austria Wien and their fans who will no doubt have the bragging rights in the city. Their fans will no doubt also hope that come the end of May they will have another league title to celebrate, much to the despair of the Rapid Wien fans who themselves will be hoping that their side can turn around their poor run of form that has seen them slide closer to the relegation zone than to the Championship title.
CommentsJustice: I really hope not!
ScottT: Very tight indeed, it’s turning into a really interesting league campaign, hoping Salzburg can stay one step behind for a little while yet!
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