Bundesliga: Ten Grazers go away empty-handed in the “pack derby”

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Bundesliga: Ten Grazers go away empty-handed in the “pack derby”


 The  guests from Carinthia got off to a better start in the “Packderby”. Dominik Baumgartner headed Wolfsberger after a standard situation (28th), which Ivan Ljubic equalized after the exclusion of goalie Siebenhandl due to an emergency brake (43th). Dario Vizinger only “released” the guests with the winning goal in the 90th minute, helping the WAC jump to fifth place.

Both coaches rebuilt their starting XI. Jon Gorenc-Stankovic and Kevin Friesenbichler were absent from Sturm due to adductor problems. On the Merkur Arena turf, which is hardly suitable for the Bundesliga, Sturm tried it with Bekim Balaj next to the recovered Jakob Jantscher and correspondingly more high balls. Access Kelvin Yeboah initially sat on the bench.

WAC scorer Dario Vizinger cheers

APA / Erwin Scheriau

Vizinger secured the Wolfsbergers a last-minute victory in the “pack derby”

WAC got off to a better start

WAC coach Ferdinand Feldhofer brought four fresh players into the starting line-up three days after losing the first leg of the sixteenth-final of the Europa League against Tottenham (1: 4) in Budapest. Michael Liendl came off the bench for the third time in the last four league games (from 55th).

Even without Liendl, the initial phase belonged to the WAC. Dejan Joveljic headed over the gate after a few seconds. © www.de24.news

 The  Carinthians recorded further deals of the more harmless variety. For the time being, Sturm only indicated danger via standards. © www.de24.news

 The  guests made nails with their heads in an uneventful phase: Baumgartner headed in the 28th minute after a free-kick cross to make a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes later, the game finally seemed to tip in favor of the WAC. Siebenhandl brought Joveljic down in front of the penalty area and was sent off by referee Markus Hameter. David Nemeth had previously lost the running duel with the Frankfurt loan. As in the first spring duel (0-0), Graz were outnumbered early on against WAC.

Sturm rears up against defeat

Tobias Schützenauer came – instead of a defender (Amadou Dante) – to his first league appearance in the Sturm-Tor since August 2018. His front men reared up to an urgent finish in the first half, which Ljubic crowned with his fifth goal of the season. © www.de24.news

 The  former U21 team player took over a Jantscher corner in the back room with a placed noble scooter in the long corner (43rd). Shortly before, Michael Novak had blocked a Balaj shot with his arm. Hameter let the game go on.

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 The  numerical difference on the field was only noticeable in the final phase after the break. Sturm even had better chances at first. Stefan Hierländer tested Alexander Kofler twice (47th, 68th) in the WAC goal. Feldhofer made another offensive change, and his team pushed Sturm deeper and deeper into their own half in the last 20 minutes. A division of points was imminent, but in the 90th minute a blocked ball jumped at the feet of Vizinger, who fixed the second WAC league victory in a row with a precise finish.

Tipico Bundesliga, 18th round

Sunday:

Sturm Graz – WAC 1: 2 (1: 1)

Graz, Merkur Arena, SR Hameter

Goal sequence:
0:1 Baumgartner (28.)
1:1 Ljubic (43.)

Sturm: Siebenhandl – Gazibegovic, Nemeth, Wüthrich, Dante (36./Schützenauer) – Hierländer, Ljubic, Kiteishvili (66./Jäger), Kuen – Balaj (63./Yeboah), Jantscher

WAC: Kofler – Novak, Baumgartner, Henriksson – Pavelic (Dieng / 71.), Taferner, Sprangler (14./Stratznig/55./Liendl), Giorbelidze (71./Scherzer) – Vizinger – Joveljic, Röcher

Red card: Siebenhandl (35th / emergency brake)

Yellow cards: none or Stratznig, Henriksson, Kofler, Feldhofer (trainer)

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 The  best: Wüthrich, Ljubic or Baumgartner, Henriksson, Vizinger





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