Player of the Round:
The German striker, on-loan from RB Leipzig in the 2.Bundesliga, proved too hot to handle for Salzburg as his brace nearly earned Ried a valuable three points. Despite only joining at the beginning of September, his two strikes now make him Ried’s top scorer (6), whilst he has also set up the most goals for his side too (4). Talk has already begun on Ried trying to secure his services beyond this season, despite his contract with the German side running until 2017. One thing is certain though, Thomalla will continue to be a vital player for Ried if they wish to improve on their current 8th place position.
Goal of the Round:
It was an extremely difficult choice, with 19 goals being scored in only 4 matches this weekend. I managed to shortlist my final two, which you can watch below. Thomas Weber’s ‘hit and hope’ from so far outside the box was a fantastic moment in what was otherwise a dull game. It was also the 21-year old’s first Bundesliga goal in his 49th appearance for the club and Marko Maric in the Rapid Vienna goal, could do nothing about it.
Dominik Hofbauer’s volley in the 88th minute against Sturm Graz was a crazy way to end what was an extraordinary game. The midfielder, in his second spell with Wiener Neustadt following his move in January from Erste Liga side Sankt Pölten, will probably never score another goal like it. The goal took great technique but also carried extra importance given Neustadt’s predicament at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. The game also saw excellent goals from new signings Philip Hellquist (Neustadt) and Roman Kienast (Sturm Graz).
Picture of the Round:
Controversy of the Round:
Despite being “on probation” following the Derby day riots, Rapid fans inevitably got themselves into hot water as they ignored warnings that their use of pyrotechnics could result in a fine and fan sanctions. During the game against Admira, it was evident that these warnings had not been adhered to and on Monday the Bundesliga Senate announced a €35,000 fine and a fan ban in sectors C and D (the Rapid Ultra’s stronghold) at their home ground.
FK Austria Wien 5-2 SC Rheindorf Altach
SK Sturm Graz 3-3 SC Wiener Neustadt
SV Ried 2-2 RB Salzburg
FC Admira Wacker 1-1 SK Rapid Vienna
SV Grödig P-P Wolfsberger AC.
Although it was far too late for Grödig’s game against Wolfsberger to be saved, the Salzburg-based side finally had some good news. Reports had suggested that the side had been turned down from every club they approached, as they looked for alternative venues for their home games, but the Red Bull Arena (Salzburg) and the No Worries Arena (Ried) have now become available. In addition, Grödig announced under-lawn heating was to be installed at the Goldberg Stadion, as well as new turf. They currently have two games in hand on the rest of the league following the postponement of their first two games of the Spring season.
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