Round 36

Round Review: Round 36

Player of the Round:

Louis Schaub

Louis Schaub was back to his best for Rapid Wien against Wolfsberg as he helped set up a 5:0 away win for his side (picture courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

Louis Schaub was back to his best for Rapid Wien against Wolfsberg as he helped set up a 5:0 away win for his side (picture courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

After a metatarsal injury and Philipp Schobesberger in imperious form, Louis Schaub could have been forgiven for trying to put this season behind him. Instead, the attack-minded midfielder scored twice to help thump Wolfsberg 5:0 away from home.

Goal of the Round:

With Admira knowing that a victory would be good enough to keep them in the Bundesliga, Toni Vastic’s composed finished ended what had been a frustrating season for the striker, on a high note. The 22-year old came off the bench to squeeze the ball past Cican Stankovic when through on goal.

Picture of the Round:

Sturm fans celebrate their side qualifying for the Europa League ahead of the final game of the season (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Sturm fans celebrate their side qualifying for the Europa League ahead of the final game of the season (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Controversy of the Round:

The manager merry-go-round was in full swing early into the week as relegated Neustadt’s manager, Helgi Kolvidsson, was promptly poached by SV Ried, who had been deserted by Oliver Glasner the previous week. Kolvidsson had been linked with St. Pauli in Germany, but after a gutsy tenure ended in vain with the blue and whites, many had hoped he would continue in Austria. Meanwhile, despite standing by his manager throughout the season, Christian Haas finally pulled the plug on Michael Baur’s reign with Grödig after only one season, as the side slipped a disappointing to 8th place finish. Haas was quick to appoint a successor for his side, who have been left depleted after the departures of key players Cican Stankovic, Marvin Potzmann, Ione Cabrera, Stefan Nutz, Tomi Correa and Philipp Huspek. Former Rapid Wien player and manager Peter Schöttel, who had most recently been used by Sky Sport Austria as a Bundesliga expert, was handed a 2-year contract with the club, as he looks to take them back to the heady heights of European football that Adi Hütter had brought the side in his one and only season in the top flight with them.

Ex-Ried coach Oliver Glasner locks hands with his successor Helgi Kolviddson during Ried's trip to Neustadt earlier in the season (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneis)

Ex-Ried coach Oliver Glasner locks hands with his successor Helgi Kolviddson during Ried’s trip to Neustadt earlier in the season (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneis)

Full Results:

SV Grödig 0:1 FC Admira Wacker
FK Austria Wien 1:1 RB Salzburg
SK Sturm Graz 0:0 SV Ried
Wolfsberg AC 0:5 Rapid Wien
SC Wiener Neustadt 0:1 SC Rheindorf Altach.

Final Word:

The 14/15 Austria Bundesliga finally came to a close with the top 5 sides qualifying for Europe after RB Salzburg were able to beat Austria Wien 2:0 in extra-time, in the Samsung Cup final in midweek. Salzburg and Rapid Wien qualified into the Champions League, while Altach, Sturm and Wolfsberg will all be representing Austria in the Europa League qualifiers. It was a fantastic season with twists and drama, and it was an absolute pleasure to follow.

The final Bundesliga 14/15 table

The final Bundesliga 14/15 table

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Round 33, Round 34

Round Review: Round 33 & 34

Player of the week:

Thomas Fröschl

Thomas Fröschl celebrates one of his three goals against Rheindorf Altach in midweek (picture courtesy of  Presse photo Scharinger)

Thomas Fröschl celebrates one of his three goals against Rheindorf Altach in midweek (picture courtesy of Presse photo Scharinger)

Fröschl, now 26 of age, scored Ried’s quickest hattrick in Bundesliga history- 16 minutes. Ried went on to demolish Altach 4:1, giving them four points of breathing space over Austria Wien in 6th place. The striker, who has solely been used as a substitute throughout the season, has now scored 8 goals in only 882 minutes of action this season, joining the likes of Robert Berić (111 minutes per goal) becoming one of the league’s most efficient goal-getters in front of goal. However, with the likes of Clemens Walch returning from injury and Julius Perstaller often sharing minutes with Fröschl, he may continue to struggle for game time in a Ried shirt.

Goal of the week:

Picture of the week:

Rapid Wien unveil their new home kit (picture courtesy of laola1.at)

Rapid Wien unveil their new home kit (picture courtesy of laola1.at)

Controversy of the week:

After the fall-out of Martin Hinteregger’s red card that Manuel Schüttengruber incorrectly awarded the Austrian international, the League Senate decided to reverse the decision. It was the first time since the 2001/02 season a red card had been rescinded, but the decision was met with heavy criticism, with Red Bull sceptics claiming the League needed to be consistent as other questionable decisions had not been reversed in the past. As far as Schüttengruber goes, he was hounded by Adi Hütter, with the Red Bull manager suggesting he should find a new profession, whilst public criticism forced the referee to delete his social media profiles. The referee was subsequently given the rest of the season off.

Full results:

Round 33:

SC Rheindorf Altach 2:2 RB Salzburg
FC Admira Wacker 0:0 SC Wiener Neustadt
SV Grödig 3:2 SV Ried
Wolfsberger AC 1:0 SK Sturm Graz
SK Rapid Wien 4:1 FK Austrian Wien

Round 34:

SV Ried 4:1 SC Rheindorf Altach
FK Austrian Wien 0:1 FC Admira Wacker
SK Sturm Graz 0:0 RB Salzburg
SC Wiener Neustadt 2:0 Wolfsberger AC
SV Grödig P-P SK Rapid Wien (postponed due to heavy rainfall).

Final word:

Philipp Schobesberger continues to impress and the winger who won the goal of the month for April, achieved a record no one would have guessed at the beginning of the season. After opening the scoring in the 313th Wien Derby, Schobesberger equalled Hans Krankl’s record of scoring in 7 consecutive league games. However, the 21-year old will have to wait until this weekend to try and break the record due to Rapid Wien’s game against Grödig being called off due to heavy rain on Wednesday.

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Round 27

Round Review: Round 27

Player of the Round:

Stefan Nutz

Stefan Nutz slots home Grödig's equaliser from the penalty spot on their way to a 3:2 victory (picture courtesy of SV Grödig)

Stefan Nutz slots home Grödig’s equaliser from the penalty spot, on their way to a 3:2 victory (picture courtesy of SV Grödig).

Stefan Nutz (23) has continued to be an integral player for Grödig despite their disappointing season thus far. The Salzburg-based outfit are currently limping towards a lowly 8th placed finish under manager Michael Baur who was brought in as Adi Hutter’s replacement. It was the departure of Yordy Reyna in the Winter to RB Leipzig, in the German 2nd tier that has increased Nutz importance to this side, aswell as injuries to other stars such as Philipp Huspek and Tomi Correa- who incidentally have also signed pre-contracts alongside Nutz with Rapid Vienna in Summer. The dynamic midfielder shone in Round 27 as his Grödig side battled back from 2:0 down with 10 men to beat bottom-placed Admira 3:2, in what had been labelled as a ‘6-pointer’. Nutz sparked the comeback with a perfect corner which was met by defender Max Karner, he then held his composure to send stand-in goalkeeper Simon Manzoni the wrong way from the spot. With fate on Grödig’s side, they won the game thanks to a second half goal by Danish wide-man Florian Hart, who lobbed over Manzoni who was caught in no-man’s-land.

Goal of the Round:

Picture of the Round:

A dejected Kühbauer is sent to the stands following a clash with referee with Alexander Harkam as his Wolfsberger trailed 2:0 to Rapid Wien early on (picture courtesy of GEPA/ Christian Ort)

A dejected Kühbauer is sent to the stands following a clash with referee with Alexander Harkam, as his Wolfsberger trailed 2:0 to Rapid Wien early on (picture courtesy of GEPA/ Christian Ort).

Controversy of the Round:

Despite being ostracised by his domestic club Admira Wacker, Andreas Leitner earned himself another Austria U-21 call-up during the international break. However, in an interview conducted by Laola1.at’s Matthias Nemetz, Leitner’s silence was finally broken. There hadn’t been much word on Leitner’s future at the club since his agent, Alexander Sperr spoke out to Kleinen Zeitung, back in late November last year. Sperr had claimed that his client had been bullied after not agreeing to a contract extension. With Nemetz, Leitner disclosed that despite consciously making an effort in training to push for a starting place, challenging both Manuel Kuttin and Jorg Siebenhandl- who incidentally had both been injured in recent times – he had been forced to play with the Amateurs. This snub by Admira sparked an embarrassingly public undermining of Admira management, coaching staff and even fellow players. Leitner claimed that he felt blackmailed with terms being “either I renew or I do not play anymore”, with Siebenhandl’s contract extension until 2017 adding more fuel to the fire. The 21-year old made light of the fact that Admira had been well-known as a club who bring through youth, but he felt betrayed that they wouldn’t help him progress to the next development stage without full commitment and has instead set his sights on leaving the club in Summer. His final destination is unknown but although there has been muted interest from Sturm Graz and Austria Vienna, and he even went on trial in Norway during the Winter.  These contentious interviews however, will do nothing but worry prospective Sporting Directors.

Andreas Leitner (picture courtesy of Admira Wacker)

Andreas Leitner (picture courtesy of Admira Wacker)

Full results:

RB Salzburg 3:1 FK Austria Wien
SK Rapid Wien 4:1 Wolfsberger AC
FC Admira Wacker 2:3 Grödig
SV Ried 1:2 SK Sturm
SC Rheindorf Altach P:P SC Wiener Neustadt (due to flooded pitch).

Final Word:

In my ‘final word’ in Round 25 post, I predicted that some managers would likely fail to see out the rest of the season and for Admira’s Walter Knaller this was the case. After his side took an early 2:0 lead in their vital game against 10 man Grödig, his side wilted with Michael Baur’s side securing an unlikely victory deep into the second half. The result was too much for 57-year old Knaller to take and he handed in his resignation. It is an unsettling time for Admira who lie bottom of the Bundesliga with Oliver Lederer once again taking temporary sole charge of the club. However, they remain only 1 point behind Wiener Neustadt with 9 games to play, so there is still a lot to play for.

Former Admira manager Walter Knaller (left) commiserates Stephan Auer (pciture courtesy of APA/Hans Punz)

Former Admira manager Walter Knaller (left) commiserates Stephan Auer (pciture courtesy of APA/Hans Punz)

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Round 17

Top 3 Players of Round 17:

The 17th round of the Tipico Bundesliga brought plenty of drama, including late goals and ill-discipline. The first game of the weekend saw Ried snatch a late, but deserved draw against 10-man Austria Vienna, who led most of the game through an early Alexander Gorgon strike. Elsewhere, René Schicker received a straight red for a reckless challenge on Anel Hadzic, allowing Sturm to claim a straight-forward away victory. Not to be outdone, Wiener Neustadt’s Daniel Schöpf also received a straight red for a poor challenge on Rapid’s Steffen Hofmann, right in front of the referee. The biggest controversy occurred on Sunday in the clash between the league’s top two. With Kuhbauer’s Wolfsberger going into the final 10 minutes with a hard-fought 2:0 away lead, Jonathan Soriano scored two late penalties to tie the game. Replays clearly showed that Soriano had ‘won’ the second of those penalties and that Alexander Kofler hadn’t brought the Spaniard down. Nevertheless, Hütter’s men maintained their 6 point gap at the top of the table. Here are the full round-up of results:

SV Ried 1:1 FK Austria Vienna
FC Admira Wacker 0:2 SK Sturm Graz
SK Rapid Vienna 3:0 SC Wiener Neustadt
SC Rheindorf Altach 3:1 SV Grödig
Red Bull Salzburg 2:2 Wolfsberger AC.

#1 Roland Putsche – Putsche, 23, has had to bide his time this season with Boris Hüttenbrenner and Manuel Weber enjoying the majority of playing time in Wolfsberger’s central midfield. However, with Kuhbauer forced into making changes ahead of this game, Putsche definitely rose to the occasion. Within 28 minutes, Wolfsberger had surprisingly gone 1:0 up with Christopher Wernitznig applying the finishing touch following great work by Putsche. With Stefan Ilsanker misjudging a knock down from a goal kick that Putsche had anticipated, he then beat Andre Ramalho with ease and had the awareness to draw in the rest of the Salzburg defence before releasing Werntiznig to score his fifth goal of the season. The Carithians may have thought the game was sewn up mid-way through the second half when Putsche capitalised on indecision between Péter Gulácsi and Christoph Leitgeb to tap into the resulting empty net (despite replays suggest officials may have missed a push from Putsche on Leitgeb in the build-up). Sadly, Putsche injured himself in that move, meaning he had to be subbed and the Wolves ultimately saw the three points slip away.

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#2 Florian Kainz – Similarly to Putsche, Kainz was instrumental to Rapid’s 3:0 victory with a goal and an assist. Kainz opened the scoring with a smart finish past Thomas Vollnhofer beating the offside trap following a pinpoint cross-field ball by captain, Steffen Hofmann. With Schöpf’s red card only making things harder for the away side, Kainz saw plenty of the ball down the left-hand side and he helped guarantee the three points in the 72nd minute. The wiry winger got his third assist of the season with a beautiful cross that picked out a free Robert Berić who was able to volley home, completely unmarked to get his 11th goal of the season. It was a good day at the office for Kainz, but he is likely to face a sterner test against Wolfsberger in round 18.

Picture courtesy of rapid.at

Picture courtesy of rapid.at

#3 Stefan Lainer – Lainer, 22, a Summer transfer from FC Liefering in the Sky Go Erste Liga has become a revelation in Glasner’s new 3-4-3 approach. The new formation has coincided with a turn in fortune for Ried, who are now unbeaten in 5 games, a run which includes wins against Wolfsberger, Grödig and the in-form Altach. Lainer has been deployed in a more attacking role down the right-hand side, where he has the perfect attributes to contribute significantly in both defence and attack. Below you can see that Lainer covered the entire pitch down that right-hand side, including plenty of offensive time inside the Austria Vienna box. Over the course of the game he was unlucky not to have claimed an assist with Heinz Lindner in inspired form in the Violet’s net, particularly in the second half. The Austrian international also denied Lainer a goal of his own with an amazing fingertip save following a flowing Ried move. Late into the second half, it was also Lainer who drew Thomas Salamon into a poor challenge to earn himself a second yellow card, which was perhaps the catalyst for a late Ried equaliser. Lainer comes up against Christian Klem in round 18, a much tougher match-up and could mean he has to spend more time in his own half defending, something Foda’s men will be hoping for.

Image courtesy of GEPA via nachrichten.at

Image courtesy of GEPA via nachrichten.at

Heatmap courtesy of Opta via bundesliga.at

Heatmap courtesy of Opta via bundesliga.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Round 15

Top 3 Players of Round 15:

The  15th round of the Tipico Bundesliga was great spectacle and arguably my favourite round of the season so far, with the league providing some great action and results. In the early Saturday kick off, one of the most outrageous goals of the season was scored by Daniel Offenbacher, for Sturm Graz against Wolfsberger, where he scored a 60-metre strike following an inaccurate Alexander Kofler clearance. The Vienna Derby got ‘Super Sunday’ off to a great start with the Violets securing a nail-biting victory, despite Heinz Lindner’s best efforts in the Austria Vienna net, conceding two late goals! The real accolades go to Rheindorf Altach who stampeded to a 4:1 victory over Red Bull Salzburg. In doing so, they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 9 games, which goes all the way back to their 5:0 away loss to Salzburg in August. The draw in the Southern Derby also saw Heimo Pfeifenberger, 47, manage Wiener Neustadt for the last time, with him reportedly initiating a termination of his contract following the result. Here is the full round-up of results:

Wolfsberger AC 0:2 SK Sturm Graz
Admira Wacker 1-1 SC Wiener Neustadt
Grödig 0-1 SV Ried
SK Rapid Vienna 2-3 FK Austria Vienna
SC Rheindorf Altach 4-1 Red Bull Salzburg.

#1 Ivan Kovacec  Kovacec, 26, a Summer recruit from FC Liefering, having spent the second half of last season helping LASK Linz climb into the Erste Liga, played out of his skin against Red Bull Salzburg. The winger, originally from Zagreb, got the ball rolling for the home side, providing a pinpoint cross for Hannes Aigner to get the opening goal at the back post. Throughout the game, Kovacec terrorised both Peter Ankersen and Benno Schmitz down the left-hand side and he was finally rewarded with a goal of his own in the 81st minute, essentially killing off the tie. With Hütter’s men in disarray, Kovacec helped take all respectability from the scoreline, providing the assist for substitute Louis Ngwat-Mahop to score against his former side.Ivan Kovacec

#2 Omer Damari – The Israeli striker has been a regular feature on this blog and inevitably he came up big in the Vienna Derby. Of his two goals that gave the Violets a commanding 2:0 half time lead, it could be argued one was fortunate, but the other was pure class. His first strike and the game’s opener, came in the 23rd minute when Mario Leitgeb supplied a ball down the right hand side for Damari to break into the box and smashed home from a tight angle. Immediately eyebrows were raised as to how Jan Novota could have let the ball in through his hands, but sun glare could have been a factor. Damari’s finish for the second goal on the other hand, would not have been stopped by any goalkeeper. With his back to goal having received a Jens Larsen lay-off, the Israeli swivelled and smashed the ball home on the turn. It was a piece of brilliance and it took his league tally to 7 goals from 11 games.Damari

#3 César Ortiz – Ortiz, 25, from Toledo, Spain, was an unknown quantity for those who didn’t follow FC Vaslui in Romania, when he joined Altach this Summer. The right footed centre-half, who can also do a job at right-back or defensive midfield has not lost a game when in the starting lineup this season. Against Red Bull Salzburg, a daunting prospect for any defender in Austria, you would have perhaps forgiven Ortiz for being nervous, especially considering he watched the 5:0 reverse fixture from the bench in August, however, he was anything but. Ortiz was magnificent all game and he was a major factor in keeping Salzburg down to the solitary goal, Salzburg’s fewest goals in a game since September 14th (1:0 loss to Wolfsberger). Compared to Salzburg’s Franz Schiemer, Oritz made more tackles (9), clearances (16), blocks (2), interceptions (9) and fewer fouls (1) and even Andre Ramalho didn’t beat him in any of those categories either. Not a bad way to keep your side 3rd in the league! Ortiz

Notable mentions

The Altach squad – It would be unfair to single out Kovacec and Ortiz when the entire squad turned the league on its head with their 4:1 victory. In particular, Ismael Tajouri and Patrick Salomon also played very well. The work done on the sidelines by Dietmar Canadi should also be noted. Altach

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Round 12

Top 3 Players of Round 12:

The 12th edition of the Tipico Bundesliga saw the resumption of ‘normal service’ as Red Bull Salzburg finally jumped back up to top spot, albeit on goal difference. Hütter’s side were fortunate to end the week on top as his former side SV Grödig, beat league rivals Wolsberger AC away from home in a game the Wolves felt they should have won. Elsewhere, the Viennese sides both failed to secure victories, in what continues to be a frustrating season for them. Despite Rapid’s dominance, in a game where they had 65% of total possession, they were unable to break the deadlock. City rivals, Austria Vienna finished the weekend in 7th place in the league. With the Violet’s Sporting Director, Thomas Parits, announcing this will be his farewell season, it remains to be seen if Gerald Baumgartner will remain as manager to say his goodbyes, as long as they languish well below expectations. Here are the full round-up of results:

Red Bull Salzburg 4-2 SV Ried
SK Rapid Vienna 0-0 FC Admira Wacker
SC Rheindorf Altach 1-1 FK Austria Vienna
Wolfsberger AC 1-2 SV Grödig
SC Wiener Neustadt 0-0 SK Sturm Graz.

#1 Andreas Leitner – Leitner has emerged this season as one of the brightest prospects in the league. Against Rapid Vienna he was in imperious form, commanding his area and leading from the back. The 20-year old Austrian has kept 4 clean sheets this season for a side that were tipped to be in a season-long relegation battle and has even starred for the Austrian U21’s too. In the Ernst-Happel Stadion, Leitner made four saves, as well as intercepting 5 crosses. The stats don’t tell the full story though. Leitner acted with confidence, catching when he could and punching when under pressure, he simply didn’t put a foot wrong in this game.Andreas Leitner

#2 Richard Windbichler – Windbichler is easily one of my favourite defenders in the league, although in recent times, he had been deployed by Walter Knaller in a defensive midfield role. However, against Rapid, he returned to his natural centre-half position and acted like a brick wall. The 23-year old ensured that the home side wouldn’t have their own way in this game, producing 5 blocks, 5 clearances and 3 interceptions, many of which were vital. The greatest indicator of how well Windbichler played is that Rapid’s top scorer, Robert Berić, who has 7 league goals this season, did not have a single shot on goal. It is worth noting however, that Windbichler had a great ‘partner in crime’, with Christoph Schößwendter also having a very strong game in the heart of the Admira defence.Windbichler

#3 Jonathan Soriano – I realised when I first started this blog, that some players would often feature, however, despite trying to include as many different players as possible, sometimes they just have to make the list. The Spaniard achieved another 2 goals in this game, taking his tally to 14 from 11 games. On top of this, he also set-up Marcel Sabitzer for his second goal, taking Soriano’s assist tally to 5. In the midst of this, he also managed to blow a perfect opportunity to get his hattrick by missing the target with a penalty- something he has become infamous for! Both his goals were typical Soriano goals. His first goal came following excellent work down the right hand side by Christoph Leitgeb, who found the Spaniard completely unmarked. The 29-year old then took Salzburg back in the lead to 2-1 as he followed up a Massimo Bruno shot that hit the post, to finish home with the ball bouncing to an awkward height. Had he scored from the spot, it would have marked a flawless performance by the league’s top scorer.Jonathan Soriano

Notable mention:
Marcel Sabitzer – The young Austrian secured the victory for the Bulls with an impressive cameo performance. With two shots, he scored two goals. Well played, sir.
Marcel Sabitzer

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Round 11

Top 3 Players of Round 11:

The final round of Tipico Bundesliga action before a two week international break saw the top three teams all claim maximum points. Wolfsberger’s victory over the Violets continued to quieten critics, who maybe eager to see the Wolves fall, despite their fantastic start to the campaign. The Bulls also silenced doubters by claiming their fourth win on the bounce, despite Hütter selecting a weakened side with Nils Quaschner and Massimo Bruno spearheading the attack, meaning they stayed three points behind the league leaders. Perhaps the most important victory however, was for Sturm, who under Franco Foda in his first game back in charge took all three points at home to Grödig, with his side particularly impressive in an action-packed second half. Here are the full round-up of results:

FK Austria Vienna 0-2 Wolfsberger AC
FC Admira Wacker 0-2 SC Rheindorf Altach
SK Sturm Graz 1-0 SV Grödig
SV Ried 1-2 SK Rapid Vienna
Red Bull Salzburg 4-1 SC Wiener Neustadt.

#1 Marco Djuricin – With the Blackies looking rather clueless in a tepid first half of football, the game against Grödig seemed destined to end a stalemate. Step forward Marco Djuricin, who with his 6th goal of the season took the game away from the Salzburg-based outfit. Djuricin, tipped for a bright future by many, looked a class above the rest, creating chances for others, but was also guilty of only scoring one himself. With the game 83 minutes in, a smart header across the box by Anel Hadzic, who was also extremely influential in the second half, found an unmarked Djuricin in the six-yard box to smash home. What had been a frustrating game for Foda on the sidelines, ultimately became a dream return with three points keeping his side in contact with the top four.Marco Djuricin

#2 Patrick Seeger – Seeger, 28, has seen opportunities extremely limited with Damir Canadi having plenty of opportunities, with Ivan Kovacec, Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Ismael Tajouri and Daniel Luxbacher all competing for places. However, Canadi gave Seeger a starting berth against Admira, and the winger repaid his manager’s faith with a fantastic performance. The Austrian who had previously spent time on loan at Admira during the 2012/13 season, tormented his former club, scoring one and setting up the other. In the build-up to Seeger’s goal he showed pace and power as he ran onto a perfect through-ball by Patrick Salomon, leaving a desperate Markus Katzer for dead and finishing past Andreas Leitner to make it 2-0. His assist was a little more lucky as he laid off an in-form Andreas Leinhart to smash in the ball with the outside of his foot from the edge of the area (on par with Herbert Rauter’s goal, for my goal of the round). Throughout the game, the Austrian was extremely dangerous and the majority of Altach’s dangerous attacks came down the right-hand side with Seeger and Leinhart combining well throughout. Patrick Seeger

#3 Jonathan Soriano – The Spaniard, despite only playing around 15 minutes against Wiener Neustadt makes this list given his impact in the Bulls 4-1 victory. Within 3 minutes of being on the field, Soriano scored his 12th goal of the season with a perfect freekick on the edge of the area, that debutant Domenik Schierl completely misread in the Neustadt goal. Within 10 minutes of being on the field, the score had doubled from 2-1 to 4-1, with the 28-year old cleverly picking out Slovenian superstar Kevin Kampl with his head, allowing Kampl to smash home through the legs of Schierl. It was two moments of clinical play by the league’s top scorer and how he hasn’t been picked up by a team outside Austria still baffles me week in, week out. Jonathan Soriano

A week to forget for:
FK Austria Vienna– Gerald Baumgartner had a terrible week of things, with his training disrupted by the amount of injuries and illness’ in the squad. At times he said he only had 12 senior players in training and you could really tell come gameday against Wolfsberger. The team’s performance was quickly questioned by pundits and fans, once again putting pressure on Baumgartner, with his side stuck in 6th place in the league on only 12 points.

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