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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:
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.
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
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).
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The 1st round of the Austrian Bundesliga did not fail to disappoint. The 5 games produced 19 goals, 33 yellow cards and 2 penalties. Only SK Sturm Graz were unable to find the net in their 1-0 loss to newly promoted SC Rheindorf Altach. There were also wins for Red Bull Salzburg, SV Ried and Wolfsberger AC, while Austria Vienna and SV Grödig drew 1-1.
Off the pitch, 4 managers also made their Bundesliga debuts with their new sides. Adi Hütter marked his debut as Red Bull Salzburg’s new coach with a 6-1 demolition against last years 2nd placed SK Rapid Vienna, a result even predecessor Roger Schmidt would have been very impressed with. Schmidt’s Assistant at Salzburg, Oliver Glasner, made his league debut as SV Ried’s new manager. Glasner’s team also impressed as they beat SC Wiener Neustadt comfortably 3-1, having been pegged back to 1-1 after 66 minutes. Michael Baur, the new SV Grödig manager, made his European debut with the side in Belgrade on Thursday with a comprehensive 4-0 win in the 2nd Qualifying round of the Europa League. His side were unfortunate not to make it 3 wins within a week (including an Austrian Cup victory), but Ola Kamara’s 90th minute header put pay to that. In that same game, new FK Austria Vienna manager, Gerald Baumgartner, previously of Austrian Cup finalists Sankt Pölten made his Bundesliga debut with the side. Although the team showed promising signs in their 6-0 win over First Vienna in the 1st round of the Austrian Cup, they were below-par in this game and could have easily have come away with 0 points.
Right, onto the players.
#1 Kevin Kampl- Kampl had a second half to remember against SK Rapid Vienna where he scored and assisted one goal in a 6-1 victory. The Slovenian fully justified his rising stardom with a near-perfect performance that was capped with a solo effort in the 84th minute. His goal was trademark Kampl. New signing and substitute Peter Ankersen sprayed a diagonal ball to the left hand side which Kampl ran onto. With the following 7 touches (all with his right), he took it around the outside of the hapless Maximilian Hofmann (deputizing at right back) and stroked the ball into the top corner past Jan Novota from the left hand side of the box. His assist was just as good. He picked up the ball around the top right hand corner of the box, played a one-two with Soriano, then another one, controlled the ball with his next touch, before lofting a cross to the back post where Sadio Mané waited to score the simplest of goals to make it 3-0 at the time. Kampl was pulling the strings in the second half in particular, and it should be noted, it was his quick feet and close control that won the free kick that Jonathan Soriano converted to make it 5-0.
#2 Jonathan Soriano- Soriano continued where he left off last season. Soriano had played somewhat of a backseat role against SK Rapid Vienna, with Red Bull Salzburg playing the majority of their football trying to exploit the wings of the Vienna side. However, with two devastating acts of quality, he earned his place on this list. Unlike Wernitznig (see notable mentions), who also scored two, one of which was also a stunning strike, we have seen these kind of goals come from the Spaniard, so we know it is not just luck or a matter of chance, he is just that good. His first goal was a defence coach’s nightmare. His first touch was world-class as it completely took Stefan Hofmann out the game and earned himself those extra yards of space (which the Rapid defenders fail to close) and his shot had far too much pace and power for Jan Novota to have any chance of keeping it out. His second was trademark Soriano. With a central free kick on the edge of the ‘D’, Soriano stepped up and whipped the ball up and over the wall, leaving Novata heaped on the floor after a failed dive/flail for a shot he was never getting to. He is well on track for another top-scoring season.
#3 Cican Stankovic- Stankovic had an inspired game between the sticks for SV Grödig against FK Austria Vienna. The 21 year old showed his Austrian counterpart in the opposition goal, Heinz Lindner (24), that he will have tough competition in years to come to be the No.1 goalkeeper for the Austrian national side. The Violets for the most part of the game were disappointing and were kept relatively quiet by the Grödig side. However, there were two saves that Stankovic made that were not only important but were top quality. The first came from a diagonal ball by Alexander Grünwald which was met by an unmarked Daniel Royer with a diving header. Stankovic was able to stick out his left leg despite his bodyweight going the opposite way. The second save was an acrobatic save that Stankovic was able to tip over the bar. The shot, a fizzing effort from just outside the area by Alexander Gorgon, was slightly more central than he would have wanted it, but regardless, it was an important save that kept Grödig in the lead at the time. Sadly, Ola Kamara got the equalizer for the home side with a powerful header that Stankovic still managed to get a strong hand to, but it was one save too far. In total, the Vienna side had 8 shots on target, in a game that Stankovic played like a goalkeeper far beyond his years.
Andreas Ulmer– constant threat down the left against SK Rapid Vienna, providing the assist to Alan’s goal and scored himself from a tight angle.
Tadej Trdina– one of the legion of new signings at Wolfsberger, Trdina proved himself a nuisance all game against Admira’s defence. He got on the score sheet with a simple header following calamitous defending by the home side
Christopher Wernitznig– Wernitznig came on for Wolfsberger after 61 minutes and managed to take the game away from the home side with 2 goals. One of which was a wonder goal miles outside the box; the other, a calm finish into the corner inside the box.