Dominik Baumgartner had put Wolfsberger in the lead in front of 4,655 spectators in the local Lavanttal Arena, but the guests from Graz turned the game around with four quick goals between the 25th and 37th minute. Wüthrich (25th), Otar Kiteishvili (31st), Jakob Jantscher (32nd) and David Affengruber (37th) scored four times within twelve minutes. Jantscher was involved in all goals, but was injured after an hour.
According to initial information, his Achilles tendon injury should not be too bad. The Styrians wrote for the first time after the opening 1: 3 against defending champions Salzburg, the Carinthians are without a win after the 1: 1 in the derby at Austria Klagenfurt even after the second round under their new coach Robin Dutt. Last week they had given up a 1-0 lead. Incidentally, that was also the case in the previous home league game against Sturm in the Lavanttal Arena – at 1: 3 on May 22nd.
Storm overran WAC in twelve minutes
SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz wrote in full for the first time in the second round one week after the opening defeat at defending champion Red Bull Salzburg. The Graz team won the Admiral Bundesliga at RZ Pellets WAC on Sunday after a quick 0: 1 deficit in the end with a clear 4: 1.
Focus on the WAC goalie
After the official farewell to defender Nemanja Rnic, who will remain with the WAC as assistant coach for the amateurs, the hosts almost made a real false start. Manuel Kuttin was only able to fend off a ball that jumped up high in front of him on the line. It was the beginning of an uncertain appearance by the WAC goalkeeper. In the fourth minute he did not have to intervene, as Baumgartner blocked a Dante volley for a corner. Sturm was better in the game, but the Carinthians took the lead. After a short corner and Liendl flank, Baumgartner headed in (15th).
The Grazers were not impressed by this, Kiteishvili (17th) and Ivan Ljubic (22nd) were already on the level, which then fell in the 25th minute. Wüthrich headed a Jantscher corner into the net. The WAC should actually have presented again, but the Israeli neo-striker Thai Baribo failed because of Jörg Siebenhandl and the pole and missed the margin (28th). That quickly took revenge, as Sturm was in a class of his own in set pieces that evening.
Kiteishvili came straight to the header after Jantscher’s corner and did not miss this chance. A minute later, Jantscher benefited from a rough Kuttin blunder, who hit the ball while trying to clear the ball, which is why the attacker was able to shoot into the empty goal. The fourth hit was initiated again by a Jantscher corner. The leather finally came back to Jantscher over several stations, and this time Affengruber headed his cross into the goal. Kuttin had no chance of defense as Luka Lochoshvili had deflected the ball.
Sturm plays game home
It almost became even more bitter for the home side before the break, after a defensive action by goal scorers Baumgartner almost ended up in the WAC box. After the restart, the Styrians took it easy, the Carinthians were a bit more stable defensively after taking in David Gugganig and switching to a five-man chain. Chances were scarce on both sides, at the WAC a free kick by Christopher Wernitznig shortly after the restart was still the most dangerous (48th).
As on Wednesday, Sturm left the field as the winner in the 3-2 test match success against the Italian Serie A club Udinese. The Styrians have fond memories of guest appearances at the WAC, in 2020/21 they had not lost there with a win and a draw. The Graz team will continue at home against Altach on Saturday, while the Carinthians will be guests at Rapid on Sunday.
Voices for the game:
Robin Dutt (WAC coach): “We made a goal out of an opportunity, then came twelve minutes that I’ve rarely seen in my coaching life. With six or seven standards against you, all of which were kicked very well and where we were always a step too late or did not clarify well enough. We had a change of perspective at half time. We have thus succeeded in allowing fewer standards. It was very important that the team didn’t collapse in the second half. “
Christian Ilzer (Sturm Graz trainer): “It was a terrific first half. We have big plans, we wanted to take things with us from the Salzburg game. The most important thing was that we see a determined Sturm Graz team that gives the WAC the feeling of being more at home with one man. The multitude of standards was a result of our printing phase. After the confident break we had slight problems for the first five minutes. Then we brought home the victory very confidently. “
On Jakob Jantscher’s injury: “He has an open wound on the Achilles tendon, a flesh wound. He will be X-rayed and an MR will be done to be on the safe side because a blue line can be seen over the Achilles tendon. As I saw how he jumped in the cabin, I assume that he will be available to us again very soon. “
Admiral Bundesliga, second round
WAC – Sturm 1:4 (1:4)
Wolfsberg, Lavanttal-Arena, 4,655 spectators, SR Lechner
1:0 D. Baumgartner (15.)
1: 1 Wüthrich (25.)
1: 2 Kiteishvili (31.)
1:3 Jantscher (32.)
1:4 Affengruber (37.)
WAC: Kuttin – Dedic, D. Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Scherzer – Taferner, Wernitznig – Röcher, Liendl (72. Peretz), Vizinger (46. D. Gugganig) – Baribo (71. Dieng)
Sturm: Siebenhandl – Gazibegovic (72nd hunter), Affengruber, Wüthrich, Dante – Hierländer (88th Geyrhofer), Gorenc-Stankovic, Ljubic (72nd Prass), Kiteishvili (88th Kuen) – Yeboah, Jantscher (62nd Sarkaria)
Yellow cards: Baribo, D. Baumgartner, D. Gugganig and Prass
The best: Wernitznig or Jantscher, Affengruber, Kiteishvili