Round 1

Round Review: Round 1

Player of the Round:

Olarenwaju ‘Larry’ Kayode

Kayode (left) battles against Wolfsberg's Joachim Standfest during his side's 2:0 victory. (Picture courtesy of FK Austria Wien)

Kayode (right) battles against Wolfsberg’s Joachim Standfest during Austria’s 2:0 victory. (Picture courtesy of FK Austria Wien)

Kayode, who joined the Violets this summer from Maccabi Netanya for around €800,000, was a breathe of fresh air to watch this weekend. Austria Wien fans, who had spent much of last season despairing over lacklustre displays, were treated to a performance full of energy and passion. Although the 22-year old Nigerian failed to capitalise on various chances and score himself against Wolfsberg, it was his pace that earned Thorsten Fink’s side a first half penalty. Kayode is definitely set to be one to watch this season!

Goal of the Round:

Dominik Starkl, on his league debut for Admira, finishes past Michael Esser after a brilliant show of technique. (Video courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

Picture of the Round:

Oliver Kragl & his teamates, plead in vain after Rapid's Philipp Schobesberger was brought down through on goal. It's not the first red card Ried have received against Rapid Wien... (Picture courtesy of GEPA)

Ried players plead in vain as referee Harkam reaches for his red card after Oliver Kragl brought down Philipp Schobesberger as the last man. It’s not the first red card Ried have received against Rapid Wien in recent seasons… (Picture courtesy of GEPA)

Story of the Round:

Mattersburg stole the headlines in the first round of the 15/16 season after a sensational 2:1 victory over reigning champions RB Salzburg. Ivica Vastic’s side were 1:0 up within 16 seconds of the game starting thanks to Markus Pink and secured the 3 points after Alexander Ibser’s last-gasp goal. The newly promoted side constantly tested Salzburg with their pace on the counter and their defensive durability. Pink, Karim Onisiwo and Patrick Farkas arguably impressed the most.

Full Results:

SV Mattersburg 2:1 RB Salzburg
SV Grödig 2:1 SC Rheindorf Altach
SK Rapid Wien 3:0 SV Ried
SK Sturm Graz 1:1 FC Admira Wacker
Wolfsberger AC 0:2 FK Austria Wien

Final Word:

SK Rapid Wien were in a generous mood this weekend as they announced that they were inviting 160 refugees to their league game against SV Ried. Christoph Peschek, Rapid’s Sporting Director said “In our history as a Worker’s Association, we want to be there for the most vulnerable.” More can be found here: (https://www.facebook.com/DiakonieFluechtlingsdienstAT?fref=photo).

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment as always.

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