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Rapid made themselves runner-up with 3-0 against LASK

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Vienna - Rapid finished the Bundesliga season as runner-up. The Hütteldorfer celebrated on Saturday in the hit of the 32nd round against LASK a 3-0 victory and successfully defended second place ahead of third Sturm Graz with the same number of points. The Viennese can try their luck alongside champions Salzburg in the Champions League qualification. The Upper Austrians crossed the finish line in fourth and are competing in the qualification of the new Conference League.

Taxiarchis Fountas (47th) and double scorer Christoph Knasmüllner (73rd, 95th) brought the team of coach Dietmar Kühbauer to a successful end to the season after losing three games in a row for the first time during the Burgenlander's tenure. For the sports director Zoran Barisic, who has been 51 years old since Saturday, it was an ideal birthday present. Linz remain a welcome opponent, Rapid won six of the last seven duels in a draw.

Storm despite third win

Sturm Graz ended the season in third place after a 3-1 away win against WAC. The season is not yet over for the WAC, the Carinthians have to make it into the league play-off against the climbers of the qualification group as fifth.

The opponent for the first leg (27th) and second leg (May 30th) will be determined on Monday between Hartberg and Vienna Austria. Sturm is back in an international group stage for the first time in ten years. The Graz team will join the Europa League play-off on August 19, and in the worst case will play in the group of the newly founded Conference League.

An own goal by WAC defender Jonathan Scherzer (54th) ushered in the turnaround to Sturm's first win of the season against WAC on Saturday. With a brace (59, 67th), Kelvin Yeboah once again proved his worth for Christian Ilzer's team, who celebrated a win in his 100th league game. Dejan Joveljic had previously shot the WAC after a red for Thorsten Röcher (28th) outnumbered to a 1-0 half-time lead (37th).

Salzburg finalized with a record

The eighth championship season in a row ended for Red Bull Salzburg with a 4-0 victory over WSG Tirol. Bernardo (8th) and Mergim Berisha with a triple pack (26th, 43rd, 66th) scored the goals of the double champion, who thus set a new record. Because 25 wins in a Bundesliga season are a new high since the mode change. Previously, Salzburg had already achieved 25 successes in 2018/19, but at that time still in 36 laps.

The detailed match reports:

RAPID - LASK 3: 0

In Vienna, both teams started extremely ambitious when the fans returned in front of 3,000 fans, the result was a hard-fought, fast-paced first half an hour in which the first excitement occurred after just five minutes. Husein Balic rounded Rapid goalkeeper Richard Strebinger and then went down, referee Sebastian Gishamer did not decide on a penalty, but showed the ÖFB team player a yellow card for a swallow. The decision was extremely controversial.

Rapid was extremely dangerous for the first time in the 18th minute - after a gross blunder by Andres Andrade. The LASK defender "gave" the ball to Yusuf Demir, who pulled towards Alexander Schlager alone, but was unable to defeat him. Just three minutes later, Peter Michorl showed his shooting qualities for the first time, and Rene Renner hit the outside bar after a counterattack initiated by Thomas Goiginger from an acute angle (24th).

Rapid could not capitalize on a Schlager uncertainty after a Demir corner kick (31st), Strebinger showed his skills with a powerful Michorl free kick from around 25 meters (35th). At that point the game was no longer at the same level as it was at the beginning, and a lot of ball losses shaped the action.

Rapid better after the break

After the restart, the home side made a dream start. The ball ran smoothly over several stations, especially thanks to Demir, who initiated the action himself and then served Stojkovic in the penalty area, who in turn skillfully used Fountas. The Greek used dry. "Joker" Knasmüllner made everything clear with a placed shot into the corner from 20 meters and even his double perfect in stoppage time. After the break, there was hardly anything to be seen from the Linzers offensively.

You have to survive two rounds in the Conference League qualification on the way to a European group stage. Rapid starts in the second qualifying round for the "premier class" and would get more chances for a group stage if they were out in qualifying in the Europa League or if they were defeated there in qualifying in the Conference League. Third Sturm Graz is sure of that if it doesn’t work out in the Europa League play-off.

WAC - STORM 1: 3

In front of 2,400 spectators in Lavanttal - including an estimated one third Sturm supporters - a pleasing and contested game developed with great opportunities that were initially only available to the guests. Goalie Manuel Kuttin saved in the 8th minute against Yeboah (8th), after the clash both were able to continue playing. The storm attacker saw yellow shortly after a departure in the penalty area because of swallow (12th).

The completely newly formed WAC defense remained challenged - and made mistakes. After substitute central defender Michael Novak lost the ball, Andreas Kuen decided on the less than ideal pass to Yeboah, who then found it difficult to get the ball into the goal (27th).

Immediately after the big chance, Röcher touched Jusuf Gazibegovic's mainstay with an open sole, the ex-Graz player saw red in his 200th league game by referee Markus Hameter. After three exclusions for Graz in each of the three previous duels, the WAC was now outnumbered .

Sturm then put on a power play, had chances, but the WAC celebrated the 1-0: Ivan Ljubic initiated the exemplary counterattack with a bad pass, Joveljic closed it after Liendl with a well-placed flick from 14 meters (37th). . The Serb, who is likely to leave the WAC, celebrated his 17th goal of the season.

Sturm dominated in the second half

Sturm looked perplexed, but combined himself decisively after the break: Scherzer pushed the Kuen-Stanglpass with his shin into his own goal (54th). He had to digest his third own goal of the season. Storm had turned the game five minutes later: Yeboah dusted off after a Kiteishvili header parried by Kuttin and cheered in front of a storm attachment, not all of which wore the obligatory mouth and nose protection.

The preliminary decision was made in the 67th minute: After a long ball from Gorenc-Stankovic, Yeboah brought the ball to 3-1 after unorthodox dribbles. Storm attacker Bekim Balaj then said goodbye - symbolic of his commitment - with a missed hand penalty (Novak) from Graz. Kuttin parried the central attempt. Samuel Stückler made his league debut for Sturm (from 71st).

SALZBURG - WSG TIROL 4: 0

In Salzburg there were four personnel changes in the starting line-up for both teams compared to the previous round. The Tyrolean Benjamin Pranter was allowed to act as captain in his last professional match. In the "Bulls" category, the coaching team was honored before kick-off. Double coach Jesse Marsch celebrated his farewell game in the city of Mozart. While Rene Aufhauser will take over FC Liefering, it is still unclear where Franz Schiemer is going. Even before the start of the game, the Wattener also paid tribute to the master and stood in line when he entered.

With a good mood in front of 3,000 spectators, the Salzburgers control the action from the start. Already in the eighth minute, Bernardo scored the 1-0 with a shot into the far corner after preliminary work by Noah Okafor. Berisha initially failed to accommodate an assist from Adeyemi in the empty goal, and was already a step too far ahead (12th). With the goal, it worked in the 26th minute, in which the German was served in the top by Brenden Aaronson and netted.

The Tyroleans found two top chances in the first half: A quick advance by Zlatko Dedic was parried by goalie Nico Mantl (10th), in the 27th minute Dedic had bad luck, because only the pole prevented the goal.

The "cops" meanwhile made everything clear just before the break with the 3-0. Berisha scored an eleventh flat in the left corner (43rd). This was preceded by a foul by Fabian Koch on Andre Ramalho, a hit on the leg was decisive for the whistle.

The Wattener found their first good scoring chance after changing sides. With a shot by Nikolai Baden Frederiksen, keeper Mantl was able to excel once more (50th). On the other hand, Berisha made his triple pack perfect - after a remarkable combination by Adeyemi and Aaronsen (66th). Like Mohamed Camara, Sekou Koita, who returned after a doping ban, shot over goalie Benjamin Ozegovic alone in the 70th minute.

In addition to coach Marsch, Ramalho could also have played his farewell game on the Salzach. The defender was replaced in the 74th minute. He could now follow the call of his ex-trainer Roger Schmidt to Eindhoven. (APA, May 22, 2021)

Master group (10th round):

SK Rapid Vienna - LASK 3: 0 (0: 0)
Vienna, Allianz Stadium, 3,000 spectators, SR Gishamer.

Gates:
1-0 (47th) Fountas
2: 0 (73rd) Knasmüllner
3: 0 (95th) Knasmüllner

Rapid: Strebinger - Greiml (66th Schick), Hofmann, Barac (78th Sonnleitner) - Stojkovic, Schuster, Petrovic (78th D. Ljubicic), Ullmann - Demir (78th Kitagawa), Kara, Fountas (58th Knasmüllner)

LASK: Schlager - Filipovic (85th Ramsebner), Trauner, Andrade - Ranftl, Madsen, Michorl, Renner - Goiginger, Eggestein (51st rider), Balic (71st Griger)

Yellow cards: Hofmann or Balic, Renner

Wolfsberger AC - SK Sturm Graz 1: 3 (1: 0)
Wolfsberg, Lavanttal-Arena, SR Hameter

Goal:
1-0 (37th) Joveljic
1: 1 (54th) Scherzer (own goal) 1: 2 (59th) Yeboah 1: 3 (67th) Yeboah

WAC: Kuttin - Schöfl, Novak, Muharemovic, Scherzer - Taferner (69th Jasic), Leitgeb, Liendl (69th Stratznig), Wernitznig (69th Giorbelidze) - Röcher, Joveljic (69th Vizinger)

Storm: Siebenhandl - Gazibegovic, Nemeth, Gorenc-Stankovic, Dante (56th Wüthrich) - Hierländer (71st Stückler), Ljubic, Kiteishvili, Kuen (77th Jäger) - Yeboah (71st Balaj), Jantscher (77th Huspek)

Red card: Röcher (28./Foul)

Yellow cards: Leitgeb or Yeboah, Jantscher

Note: Balaj failed with a penalty against Kuttin (80.)

Red Bull Salzburg - WSG Tirol 4: 0 (3: 0)
Wals-Siezenheim, Red Bull Arena, 3,000, SR Ciochirca

Gates:
1-0 (8th) Bernardo
2-0 (26th) Berisha
3-0 (43rd) Berisha (foul penalty)
4: 0 (66th) Berisha

Salzburg: Mantl - Kristensen (64th Farkas), Solet, Ramalho (74th Daka), Ulmer - Junuzovic (64th Camara), Bernardo - Aaronson, Okafor (64th E. Mwepu) - Berisha (69th Koita), Adeyemi

WSG: Ozegovic - Koch, Behounek, Gugganig, Smith (77th Gölles) - Rogelj (88th Hager), Naschberger (63rd Toplitsch), Petsos, Pranter (63rd Rieder) - Baden Frederiksen, Dedic (63rd Anselm)

Yellow cards: Bernardo or Rogelj, Gugganig

Votes to Rapid-LASK (3: 0):

Dietmar Kühbauer (Rapid Trainer): "The game was such that we were very consistent in all our actions from the first to the last minute. We have allowed very little, apart from Renner's crossbar. We could have made it easier for ourselves in the first half. We have in We made it 1-0 in the second half shortly after the break, so that the game turned in our direction. The win was well deserved, a nice end. We are back in second place, which we had to make, and deservedly made it. I think so too that we were the second best team, so I have to give the team huge praise. "

Dominik Thalhammer (LASK trainer): "I saw a match at eye level, especially the first half, by two very structured teams that acted tactically well. In the end, Rapid was better in the decisive moments, you have to acknowledge that. The champions group was not like as we imagined it, the points yield wasn't good. So we can't portray the whole season as bad. I already know that we could have achieved more and made one point or another more, but at the end of the day we did achieved many goals for the season. "

Votes on WAC - Sturm (1: 3):

Roman Stary (WAC trainer): "The sticking point was the red card. The main reason, however, was our appearance in the second half. We were far too passive and handed the game over to Sturm. It's a shame, especially when you look at how the game ended in Vienna. There the disappointment is really very big. I'll be watching the two play-off games from Monday, now we have to digest this. "

Christian Ilzer (Sturm-Trainer): "It is high time we won against WAC one day. Apparently we cannot play eleven against eleven in these games until the end. But I think we were the better team in tied. It was important that we Made a few strategic changes during the break. We tried to strengthen the center, and that paid off. We are the deserved winners. "

About the season: "In the end it's a great season for us. Hardly anyone expected us to be on the podium at the end. I'm proud of the whole club, of a team that has shown extreme enthusiasm throughout the season. For me it was a relatively easy job. I am surrounded by an outstanding team of coaches and am accompanied by a top sports director (Andreas Schicker, note). "

Quotes for Salzburg - WSG Tirol (4: 0 / via Sky):

Jesse Marsch (Salzburg coach): "We had so much fun in the last two years. I can only say: Thank you very much. Overall, you saw the atmosphere, the energy and the mentality in our group again. What I'm proud of is our belief in each other. The passion is always there. I'm really proud. I'm always happy to be a fan of Red Bull Salzburg now. I've learned a lot here with this team. We always enjoyed the time together. Even before the game, we said: Let's go show our passion again. "

Andreas Ulmer (Salzburg captain): "It's really cool that there are fans in the stadium again. We deserve it. A championship celebration is fun. We got into the game really well. We always talk about the fact that there is a lot of work behind it, and it really is. It it's good that there are changes. You still need continuity and consistency. We're some players who have been around for a few years. "

Patson Daka (Salzburg top scorer): "We managed to defend the double. That is very important for me personally. I just always wanted to help the team and I would like to thank all my colleagues for the support I get from them. Thanks to the team. "

Christoph Freund (Salzburg Sports Director): "Today we're enjoying the moment and we're going to celebrate together. It's a really cool atmosphere. It looks as if the stadium is full, we're not used to that anymore. The guys stepped on the gas again. You can see how the team is intact how they win together. The two years with Jesse Marsch have passed so quickly, he is leaving big marks. The team will change a bit again. If you play football well, that's the way it is. "

Thomas Silberberger (WSG trainer): "It was extremely cool, the ten games (in the champions group, note). But you have already seen that we are still missing a lot. In some games, when we went to our performance limits, we saw that we were one Play a role. Last year we started a radical reorganization, gave a lot of young players the chance. We dared to play football. "

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