SV Guntamatic Ried 1-1 SK Austria Klagenfurt
Two of the ADMIRAL Bundesliga’s high-flyers, SV Guntamatic Ried and SK Austria Klagenfurt, battled out a hard-fought draw in the Innviertel. The hosts enjoyed a perfect start in the fourth minute with Seifedin Chabbi opening the scoring with a lovely break,beating the offside trap and a finish to match – his earliest ever goal in the Bundesliga. It could’ve easily been 2-0, but Julian Wießmeier’s effort clattered against the crossbar followed by Philipp Pomer who saw his attempt cleared off the line brilliantly by Thorsten Mahrer. In the second half Chabbi saw a goal disallowed for offside and SK Austria Klagenfurt capitalised on their good fortune as Turgay Gemicibasi ghosted in late to volley an equaliser - Alex Timossi Andersson delivering his fifth assist in the league this season. The Carinthian side were in the ascendency late but Ried held on and both teams remain in the top four.
RZ Pellets WAC 1-0 FK Austria Vienna
Manager Robin Dutt celebrated RZ Pellets WAC’s third victory of the season as Tai Baribo’s goal just before half-time catapulted the Wolves into the top six of the ADMIRAL Bundesliga. The Israeli forward volleyed his fifth goal of a fruitful campaign, manoeuvring his body excellently to beat the Vienna defender – with Adis Jasic recording his first assist of the season. The Violets edged possession and had chances during the game, but despite Marco Djuricin’s best efforts to bring Austria back into the contest – registering five attempts in the match – the Wolfsbergers held on for the victory and leave FK Austria Wien ninth in the division.
FC Flyeralarm Admira 2-0 CASHPOINT SCR Altach
FC Flyeralarm Admira moved up to seventh in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga with a 2-0 home victory in the Südstadt. The day belonged to Thomas Ebner who not only opened the scoring but did so on his 250th Bundesliga appearance – only his fifth goal in the Austrian top flight. The Vorarlberg side hunted down an equaliser and should’ve scored with Noah Bischof missing a gift of a chance after a misplaced back pass. Admira added a fortuitous second goal seven minutes after the restart via Marlon Mustapha’s second strike of the season – the deflected cross from Joseph Ganda played the ball perfectly into the Mainz loanee’s path. Andi Herzog’s team will be disappointed not to add to their tally and were denied on multiple occasions by the inspired Altach goalkeeper Tino Casali.
SK Rapid Vienna 5-2 WSG Tirol
Ercan Kara’s first-ever ADMIRAL Bundesliga hat-trick inspired SK Rapid Vienna to an emphatic comeback victory against WSG Tirol. The two clubs sat joint-bottom of the table heading into the game, and Kara thought he’d given Rapid the lead only for VAR to rule it out for dangerous play – much to the chagrin of Didi Kühbauer. Instead, Thomas Sabitzer nodded in the opener for his fourth goal in two games. Deep into first-half injury time Kara equalised to start his glorious afternoon, with his second coming only 22 seconds into the second period and his treble on the hour mark via the penalty spot. WSG’s afternoon went from bad to worse with the dismissal of Raffael Behounek and the hosts made the Tirolean’s pay with Marco Grüll and Christoph Knasmüllner adding a fourth and a fifth, respectively, either side of Thanos Petsos’ consolation goal against his former club. The five-star performance leapfrogs Rapid into eighth, while WSG Tirol are now rooted to the bottom of the table.
TSV Egger Glas Hartberg 3-2 SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz
TSV Egger Glas Hartberg celebrated a Styrian Derby victory after a breathless 90 minutes at the Profertil Arena. Matija Horvat’s long range effort and Noel Niemann’s battling second goal within two minutes of each other put the Hartbergers into an early dreamland – Jürgen Heil delivering assists for both. The assured Jakob Jantscher fired in from the penalty spot early into the second half as the Black and Whites looked for a way back, but in the 81st minute Philipp Sturm found space behind the defence and drilled the ball into the bottom corner – Sturm scoring against Sturm. Swiss defender Gregory Wüthrich saw a goal chalked off, but Anderson Niangbo’s header three minutes from time gave the visitors some late hope – however, it was not to be for Sturm who succumbed to a second defeat of the season and drop 10 points behind FC Red Bull Salzburg in the title race.
FC Red Bull Salzburg 3-1 LASK
Matthias Jaissle’s young guns made it 10 wins out of 10 as FC Red Bull Salzburg swatted aside LASK on Sunday evening. The visitors did provide an early scare as former Salzburg youth player Alexander Schmidt smashed the crossbar with an early header. From the 19th minute, the Salzburg show began with Nicolas Capaldo firing in the opener with a caressed finish into the bottom corner. Just before the break Maximilian Wöber headed his first Bundesliga goal for the Red Bulls to double their lead. Rasmus Kristensen’s inspired run and assist provided Karim Adeyemi with Salzburg’s third and Adeyemi’s eighth goal of the campaign - equalling the number he scored in his first two Austrian seasons combined. Christoph Monschein’s stoppage time consolation for LASK was his 50th in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga, but once again it was Salzburg’s day to celebrate as they became the first team to score in 42 consecutive Bundesliga home matches.