After disappointing performances in the past week, Rapid and Sturm Graz have rehabilitated in the 14th round of the Bundesliga. The Viennese celebrated thanks to hair-raising defensive error of the opponent after a long time once again an away win in Altach (3: 0), the Styrians retained thanks to a towering Kiril Despodow in Styria duel with Hartberg (3: 1) the upper hand.
Rapid is fourth after the seventh win of the season on Saturday with 24 points, Sturm is one point behind and pulled past Hartberg (21). For the duo it was another step towards the master group. Rapid had an easy game in tithing Altach. "We laid Rapid on the red carpet and beat ourselves, they got a lottery ticket from us," Altach coach Alex Pastoor succinctly put the situation to the point.
The three goals of the Wiener by Stefan Schwab (11th / 1st), Thomas Murg (12th) and Kelvin Arase (35th) were initiated by Schnitzer. Especially Matthias Maak experienced a raven-black day and was therefore "released" by his coach after 36 minutes. "You can make mistakes, but not in this way Bad playing is okay, but if everyone else gets worried, it will not work," the "mega-frustrated" Dutchman sharply criticized his defender.
In any case, Rapid accepted the gifts thankfully and thus returned to winning ways after three winless games, including the blamable home 0: 1 against St. POlten. "The problems of Altach were felt, but my lads did a very good job too, especially the first half we put a lot of pressure on and scored the goals," said Rapid coach Dietmar Kuhbauer.
Then the Hutteldorfer made only the most necessary, thanks to a strong Richard Strebinger kept the zero. "We are very happy to take an away win from Altach, also because we did not manage to do so for a long time, which was also important after the St. POlten match, otherwise the performance was not very good," said captain Stefan Schwab.
That did not apply to Arase. The 20-year-old was involved in all his matches in his second league start-up for Rapid, the first of the season. "Kelvin has done really well over the last few weeks and despite his speed, he has tremendous stamina, he can go deep for 90 minutes, he's up for grabs, he's important to our game," Schwab praised the youngster. He wants to stay in the team. "I've shown that I want more than the Joker role," says Arase. Kuhbauer has not hidden this. "He did a very good job putting pressure on other players," said the Burgenlander.
Thanks to Despodow, Sturm was allowed to cheer over the reparation for the 0: 4 against the WAC. After a miserable first half, the Bulgarian was responsible for the success with an assist for Thorsten ROcher (56.) and two hits (83., 90.). "That was not my best performance, I can do more," said Despodow dryly. The Serie A club Cagliari player is holding five goals and four assists after eight league appearances and is virtually single-handed in his decisions. "He has a tremendous speed and Torgefahr and is since St. POlten (the first three goals of the season in the 4-0 away win on 26 October, Note) on the right track," also pleased Sturm Sport Director Gunter Kreissl.
Coach Nestor El Maestro wanted to reduce the power increase after changing sides less on his system conversion from three to four chain, because of his own kickers. "The big change in the half time was in the head. In the second half, the individual performance of many of my players have increased dramatically." stressed the 36-year-old. ROcher is one of them. "A goal, an assist, I can be satisfied," said the offensive man, who also attributed the problems in the first half of the "many ups and downs this season": "Maybe we were still something from the WAC match insecure. "
"The first 45 minutes were below expectations, so we have to show more intensity, go more to the limit and assume more responsibility," said Kreissl in the face of a first half, in which the Hartberger good Umschaltspiel and especially thanks to the dangerous Jodel Dossou could have taken the lead. Hartberg coach Markus Schopp also cried for a point win. "It is a bitter defeat for us, we did not make enough of our possibilities", Schopp commented on the first defeat after three victories en suite. His squad slipped to sixth behind the Styrian rivals, but still has a comfortable lead over the bottom half.
First pursuer of the top six is St. POlten. Victory number two in a row and with a 5: 1 against promoted Tirol the highest league victory in club history gave the Lower Austrians a quiet international break. "We are going into the international break with a great feeling and we are now in the middle of the field where we belong," emphasized Michael Ambichl. That's also to the liking of Coach Alexander Schmidt: "All in all, I am very satisfied with the team performance, the team is hungry, you can tell." Tyrol is a counter behind ninth. "We knew that we would play against relegation," said WSG coach Thomas Silberberger after the second clear defeat in a row.