In the table, Austria kept the chance of a place in the championship group with only the second home win in the current season, at least in theory. The “Violets” are missing three points with four rounds left in the basic round on the sixth-placed RZ Pellets Wolfsberg, who could pull away again on Sunday (2.30 pm) at SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz. Altach, meanwhile, slipped back to last place behind Flyeralarm Admira.
Altach relies on Subotic for the first time
The 32-year-old former Dortmund star made an inconspicuous debut until his exchange at the score of 1: 4. Peter Stöger looked for luck on the offensive. Georg Teigl and Patrick Wimmer were two attacking full-backs, while Christoph Monschein was a young midfielder. Defender Erik Palmer-Brown was out due to muscular problems.
Austria started hard, Fitz just missed (13th). Again, however, the home side’s game lacked precision. Altach was more stable and found the gaps in the opposing defense. A throw-in by the Viennese failed, Aljaz Casar found Daniel Maderner, who failed alone in front of Patrick Pentz at the Austria goalkeeper (23). Two minutes later, Altach’s leadership was there. Wimmer’s header was too short, Maderner brought the ball sharply to the center, where Obasi was there.
Pentz keeps Austria in the game
The 24-year-old parried at the end of Manfred Fischer with a worth seeing flight insert (29th) and made wide in front of the storming towards him Csaba Bukta (38th). Only at the end of the first half did Austria recover, a free kick from Aleksandar Jukic landed on the top of the bar.
The trio of referees made a faux pas as the fog became thicker and thicker. When Monschein passed, Benedikt Pichler was offside, Fitz used his teammate’s cross pass (46th). Altach’s coach Alex Pastoor was repeatedly annoyed on the sidelines and saw yellow.
The Dutchman also saw how his team missed the new lead by a margin. Christoph Schösswendter saved Pentz in extremis, who had been beaten by Bukta, from the line (49th).
Fitz, who was still struggling in the first half, then became the match winner. This time Monschein was not offside in a Sarkaria pass, Fitz took over the cross, Altach’s Martin Kobras had no chance against the deflected shot. At Austria everything worked out. First Schösswendter had a free shot after a free kick (68th), then an actually harmless Sarkaria shot by Stefan Haudum was decisively deflected (72nd). At 5: 1 again by Sarkaria, Vorarlberg then lost the ball lightly in front of the penalty area (75th). Austria had last won in the second round against Ried at home.
Tipico Bundesliga, 18th round
Austria – Altach 5: 1 (0: 1)
Vienna, Generali Arena, SR Heiss
0:1 Obasi (25.)
1:1 Fitz (46.)
2:1 Fitz (56.)
3: 1 Schösswendter (68.)
4: 1 Sarkaria (72.)
5: 1 Sarkaria (75.)
Austria: Pentz – Teigl (87./Zwierschitz), Handl, Schösswendter, Wimmer – Jukic (87./Grünwald), Martel – Sarkaria (87./Zeka), Fitz, Pichler (79./Djuricin) – Monschein (74./Ebner )
Altach: Kobras – Oum Gouet, Dabanli (46./Anderson), Subotic (74./Bumberger), Karic – Casar (69./Nussbaumer), Haudum, Fischer – Maderner, Obasi, Bukta (69./Stefel)
Yellow-red: Karic (89./Altach/Foulspiel)
Yellow cards: Jukic or Maderner, Haudum, Karic, Pastoor (trainer)
The best: Pentz, Schösswendter, Fitz or Oum Gouet, Obasi