FK Austria Vienna 2-0 CASHPOINT SCR Altach
Austria moved straight to the top of the Qualification Group with a 2-0 victory over Altach at the Generali Arena. They needed two late strikes from Djuricin (80’) and Fitz (88’ PK) to seal the deal; Djuricin’s goal was his 21st in the Bundesliga, and his first as a substitute, teammate Sarkaria got the assist for that one taking him to five for the season, after only registering four assists over the previous three seasons combined. Fitz’s penalty was goal number nine for the season, and his first from the spot.
SV Guntamatic Ried 3-2 TSV Prolactal Hartberg
Rakowitz gave Hartberg the lead after just 53 seconds against Ried, so not only did he notch the fastest ever goal for Hartberg in the Bundesliga, but he managed it on his 31st birthday! It wasn’t to prove a birthday gift though; after Tadic missed a penalty and Nimaga doubled Hartberg’s lead (34’) Ried came roaring back to claim their first win in 2021. Grüll got the first Bundesliga brace of any Ried player since Clemens Walch in September 2016 with two goals (37, 69’) in his 22nd league appearance, and Wiessmeier won it for Ried with just under 20 minutes to play. With Hartberg’s 27 shots outnumbering the eleven of winners Ried, Markus Schopp’s side will feel unlucky to slip down to second in the table, one place above their hosts.
spusu SKN St. Pölten 0-1 FC Flyeralarm Admira
Admira were the sole remaining team without an away win in the Bundesliga this season, but they changed that thanks to a narrow victory in St. Pölten. Hugi registered three of the home team’s eight shots, yet Bauer was the one to get on the scoresheet at the other end (10’). It was his first goal from his 21st shot in 54 Bundesliga games, but it brought Admira what could be a precious three points. They stay bottom of the table, but move level with Altach and St. Pölten on ten points.
WSG Swarovski Tirol 2-0 LASK
WSG continued to upset the odds as they claimed a win with their first taste of Championship Group action. Wiesinger missed a penalty for LASK after Goiginger was fouled (43’) and the visitors were made to pay in the second half. Dedic got his first goal of 2021 (48’) to extend his club record to 17 total Bundesliga goals, and he then provided the assist for Rogelj to score his second in three games (59’). It’s the third time Dedic has registered both a goal and an assist in the same league game, and it propelled WSG up to fifth in the table with 18 points, just three behind LASK in third.
RZ Pellets WAC 1-8 SK Rapid Vienna
The Lavanttal Arena played host to a goal-fest on Sunday, but the home team were on the end of a hammering after Lochoshvili’s first half red card. Fountas got his first Bundesliga hat-trick to bring up 30 league goals in total (22’, 58’, 61’), whilst Kara chipped in his 16th of the season (32’); he’s now got four against WAC this season alone. Ullmann cut inside to score his first of the season (57’), Demir added one from the bench (78’) and Scherzer scored two own goals (70’, 84’) to render Röcher’s goal irrelevant for WAC (39’). This was the first time Rapid had managed eight goals in a game since an 8-1 home win over Altach back in November 2008. They stay second, four points behind the leaders, whilst Wolfsberg fall to the bottom of the group.
FC Red Bull Salzburg 3-1 SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz
Daka fired Salzburg to victory over Sturm with an astonishing early hat-trick (3’, 5’, 11’), the fastest in Bundesliga history. Despite later missing a penalty (69’) Daka is currently averaging 1.2 goals per game this term, a figure that no player with at least ten goals has ever achieved across a whole season. Aaronson provided Salzburg’s only assist for goal number two, that’s his third one since joining the club in the winter. At the other end, Jantscher got his eighth assist of the season as Dante hit back with his first goal for Sturm (13’); but Salzburg remained in front and now sit four points clear at the top; Sturm Graz stay fourth.