Hartberg and Ried missed a leap forward in the Bundesliga table in the 18th round. The Oststeirer and the Innviertel parted on Saturday evening with a 1-1 draw. Dario Tadic equalized in the 28th minute the early Rieder lead by Stefan Nutz (3rd). By sharing the points, the Hartbergers gave a better starting position in the race for the championship group, they are now ninth. Ried still ranks tenth.
After the success against Austria last weekend, the home side also failed to achieve two successes in a row for the first time this season. Both Markus Schopp and Miron Muslic, who has to wait for his first Bundesliga victory as a coach, sent their teams into the match with identical lineups compared to the previous round.
The Riedern managed a dream start into the game. Nutz hit in the third minute with a placed low shot from around 18 meters into the far corner. The Innviertel team, who mostly exerted pressure on the right side, took this momentum with them in the first 20 minutes of the game. An insufficiently precise free kick by Marco Grüll (14th) and an offside goal by Luca Meisl (16th) were further good actions by the guests in the early stages. A conclusion from Patrick Schmidt after a cross by Michael Lercher also went over the gate (18th).
Subsequently, the Hartberger took over the reins more and more. Felix Luckeneder initially missed the goal with a header in a corner ball situation (24th). Four minutes later, goalgetter Tadic struck: The TSV striker was left completely alone in front of the goal and was able to use a Manfred Gollner cross undisturbed. Ried goalie Samuel Sahin-Radlinger kept his team’s draw in stoppage time in the first half by parrying a dangerous header from Thomas Rotter.
After the break, both teams hardly found any significant chances for long stretches. On the one hand, the Hartberger had more play at times, on the other hand, a too weak header from Grüll in the 61st minute brought nothing to the Riedern. For a long time there was nothing compelling. It was only in the 83rd minute that Nutz almost hit after a stab in the Hartberger penalty area, but the ball went over it. In the 93rd minute Stefan Rakowitz had the winning goal for the home side after a good combination, but failed to Sahin-Radlinger.
Austria won 5-1
On Saturday, Austria Wien approached the championship ranks in the football Bundesliga up to three points. The Viennese defeated SCR Altach after a 0-1 break deficit 5-1 and have the WAC (in action on Sunday) and WSG Tirol in sight. The Tyroleans had to admit defeat to SKN St. Pölten 0: 1, which means that the Lower Austrians are only four points short of the top six. Hartberg and Ried parted with a 1: 1.
The top teams are in action on Sunday. Sturm Graz receives the WAC, the LASK is guest at the bottom of Admira (both 2.30 p.m.). At the end of the 18th round, the top game between leaders Red Bull Salzburg and pursuers Rapid will start at 5:00 p.m. (apa)