2nd league – 17th round – GAK loses the top duel at Horn with 1:2!
Blau Weiß Linz and SV Horn have written to the spring of the 2nd league and underpinned their ambitions for the place at the top of the table! Thanks to a 4-0 win in Steyr on Friday, the people of Linz moved up to first place. New second place is the Waldviertel after a 2:1 win over GAK. SKN St. Pölten has the chance to return to the top in Sturm Graz II on Sunday. There were successes in the middle of the table for Lafnitz with a 2:1 (0:0) at Admira and for Liefering with a 2:0 (0:0) at Vienna. Rapid II beat FAC 1-0 (0-0).
In the pouring rain in Steyr, Blau Weiß picked up where Linz had left off in the fall: scoring goals. Paul Mensah was there in the 4th minute after he happily got the ball. Lukas Tursch and Fabio Strauss then missed the guests’ second goal after a corner kick, before Mensah (37′) came back deep in the opponent’s half after winning the ball Completed a volley following a corner kick. Steyr, which had strengthened its staff in the winter in the fight against relegation, did not let itself down. Blue and white didn’t falter anymore. Substitute Ronivaldo (83rd) scored the favorite’s fourth goal. In the last seven league games, coach Gerald Scheiblehner’s team scored an average of four times per game. GAK, who was fourth, left no stone unturned during the winter break and, above all, strengthened the offensive. The German Lenn Jastremski was loaned out by Bayern Munich, while the Ukrainian Bohdan Viunnyk, who was initially on the bench, was loaned out by FC Zurich. In Horn, however, the home side initially determined what was happening and could have done well in the first half. Okan Yilmaz hit the bar with the best chance after half an hour. The “Red Jackets” came out of the dressing room improved, and Horner deservedly took the lead. Yilmaz (61′) scored a shot after Jakob Meierhofer deflected a shot to the post. GAK coach Gernot Messner then brought in fresh strikers in Viunnyk and David Peham. However, Horn scored the next goal through Patrik Mijic, who also came on as a substitute (72′). At the end there was tension and hectic again. After a penalty whistle for Graz, Michael Liendl stepped up and failed at Horn’s Matteo Hotop. Thomas Schiestl (84th) was successful in the margin. However, there was nothing more inside for the GAK. Admira was decisive in a mixed game in the southern part of the city, but could hardly get into a dangerous position. A deflected cross from Leonardo Lukacevic posed the greatest danger for the Styrians, who initially defended the 0-0 lead. The Lafnitzer struck a little more than 20 minutes before the end from their first shot on goal. Jurica Poldrugac (69th) extended a cross from the right with feeling into the Kreuzeck. The Croatian didn’t have enough. He hammered a long-range free kick into the net (78′). Poldrugac has now scored eight goals in the last five rounds. The goal by Stephan Zwierschitz (95) with a head came too late for Admira. Liefering set the pace of the game for Vienna, Andreas Lukse in the goal for Vienna not only had to intervene once to save. Although the Döblinger tried hard, they were punished twice in the end. Kerim Abazovic saw yellow cards twice within a few minutes and had to leave the field (72′), Raphael Hofer (73′) successfully converted the free kick that followed. The final decision was made in added time by Federico Crescenti (95′). In a small Viennese derby, Rapid’s youngsters worked their way up against Floridsdorf as the game progressed, but acted too harmlessly in the attacking third. FAC player Paolino Bertaccini therefore had the best opportunity in the first half of the game, and he was denied by Laurenz Orgler in the Rapid goal. Both teams had good chances in the second half. FAC hit the bar in the finish before a whistle sounded deep in injury time. Referee Christopher Jäger recognized a handball by Floridsdorfer in the penalty area, Pascal Fallmann (94th) converted the penalty safely.