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 It was the first time since the 2001/02 season a red card had been rescinded, but the decision was met with heavy criticism, with Red Bull sceptics claiming the League needed to be consistent as other questionable decisions had not been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.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment as always.

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Belek

Belek Diary (Day Four)

Friday 30th January.

Game day was finally upon SV Ried, as they played host to Cracovia Kraków on an overcast afternoon in Belek.

Pre-game there was a sense of expectation as Glasner’s men had been working hard on the training pitch, preparing for this tie. The former Red Bull Salzburg assistant put out a strong XI with a few surprises, such as Denis Streker on the right and Petar Filipovic playing on the left side of a back three.

Members of the starting XI warm up before the Cracovia clash.

Members of the starting XI warm up before the Cracovia clash.

1st half: The first half didn’t begin too well for the Austrian side with passes lacking conviction and concentration levels not yet at their peak. A Thomas Murg back-pass sold goalkeeper Lorenz Höbarth short, but the 23-year did very well and stole the ball back off the strikers toes. That early alarm seemed to wake Ried up and from there on in they seemed the more likely to score. However, with opportunities missed and Glasner visibly frustrated on the sidelines, the teams went into the break 0:0.

A frustrated Glasner looks on during the first half

A frustrated Oliver Glasner looks on during the first half

2nd half: With the obligatory substitutions taking place at half-time, it was 20-year old Jakob Kreuzer who caught the eye. The tenacious forward worked incredibly hard chasing down opponents and his effort brought the only goal of the game. Having caught out the Cracovia left-back in possession, the ball broke kindly to Julius Perstaller (who had replaced Denis Thomalla at half-time). The striker who hasn’t started a game since October 18th in a 4:2 loss to Salzburg, charged on goal and found the bottom corner. With Cracovia also losing a man to a second yellow card, the game wound down as Ried cantered to the 1:0 victory.

Players shake hands at full-time

Players shake hands at full-time

Following the game, I was able to have a very brief chat with Mr Glasner. To paraphrase, he said he was happy with how his defence had performed during the game, but they were unable to get anything going up front as there were too many long balls; the pitch playing a part in this.

The teams prepare to shake hands prior to Ried's 1:0 win

The teams prepare to shake hands prior to Ried’s 1:0 win

More to follow…Only 1 day left!

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