Of the SK Sturm Graz drove against in the 7th round of the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday afternoon Austria Klagenfurt A narrow 2-1 victory in front of 8,070 visitors and thus consolidated first place directly behind the soccer champions from Salzburg, who had already been established before the season. 11786 days after the Blackys last met a team called “Austria Klagenfurt” in the league and also held the upper hand back then, they were able to score three points against their successor club. But more difficult and dramatic than one could expect.
Staff worries diminished
Applied to midweek Jan Gorenc Stankovic, Kelvin Yeboah, Jakob Jantscher and Otar Kiteishvili when questionable, the all-clear could be given in all four personal details. The “Oldboy” and the Italy’s neo-U21 national team player were even in the starting line-up, for the Georgians and the Slovenes it was at least enough for the substitutes’ bench. Already in minute 3, however, the guests ensured a lightning start: After a corner kick from Turgay Gemicibasi came Christopher Cvetko completely free to the header and heaved the ball via Jörg Siebenhandl and lower edge of the slat in the mesh. Sturm was not shocked by this fast deficit and continued to play, but it took until the 17th minute of the next dangerous goal scene when it burned again in front of Siebenhandl’s box: first checked Patrick Greil with a long shot the storm goalkeeper, directly afterwards made Ex-Blacky Markus Pink one up Rene Higuita and promoted a sharp cross from Alex Timossi Andersson via the heel just above the case. 3 minutes later the Blackys finally got the first time, but the bustling Yeboah missed after a pass from Manprit Sarkaria the long corner just barely. In direct return, the violets knocked again from the Wörthersee when Gemicibasi again pointed and the ball dangerously off Gregory Wüthrich was falsified.
Dante with a fit of energy and the luck of the ball
In minute 29 it finally became more specific: Amadou Dante prevailed over the left side, left his opponent with a little luck on the ball, the cross to Jantscher at the level of the baseline was from Michael Blauensteiner tied by hand. referee Walter Altmann immediately pointed to the point, the VAR confirmed the Tyrolean referee. Jakob Jantscher sent Austria keeper at the resulting penalty Lennart Moser in the wrong corner. Compensation. With the first real chance to score. This is called effectiveness.
If in the first half hour you really couldn’t tell who was the newcomer to the Bundesliga and who was the Europa League starter, the last 15 minutes of the first half belonged to the Blackys: first the agile Dante narrowly failed with a long shot, then there was even a triple pack of opportunities for the home team: Sarkaria, Jantscher and Hierländer fail within a minute. After a fast-paced first half, things went 1: 1 into the dressing room.
The guests also had their first chance in half-time two, but Markus Pink found his master in Siebenhandl. In minute 57 the most pleasant moment of the game in terms of Monaco, when Otar Kiteishivilli also stepped onto the field and alleged injury concerns vanished completely into thin air. A start signal? Not at all, because it happened – with the exception of a perfect tackle of David Affengruber and a solo run by Sarkaria – nothing at all for a long time in front of the gate of the Carinthians. In a game that was still brisk, Sturm did not find sufficient funds to be specific. Austria was in good shape and looked not at all harmless in counterattacks. It wasn’t until minute 71 that the home team finally knocked again: After a one-two between Kiteishvili and Sarkaria, the Georgian broke – pressed by Klagenfurts Thorsten Mahrer – but too weak, only two minutes later it was captain Stefan Hierländer, who only met guest goalie Moser after passing Sturm’s number 10. A fine flick and a hammer from the corner of the penalty area of the Georgian just missed their target in the final phase. And the initially hapless Oti show continued when he also put the ball next to the goal four minutes before the end after a great Yeboah template via direct acceptance. Sturm now constricted the guests, shot at all costs, but also in the three-minute stoppage time – at least it seemed – as if the winning goal was no longer going to work.
Your appearance Sir Gregory
The last scene of the game now practically live. Peter Pacult rages with referee Altmann, since the three minutes of overtime are already over. But one more time, the blackies, who never give up, are allowed to: These fine high-end technicians, let’s call them Oti and Mani, do not unpack the long ball but struggle through midfield, which was served by Gregory Wüthrich, who was still so hapless until then, and he just hits it. Violent shot, inside, the storm stadium is shaking, three points have been scored and the dress rehearsal for Monaco is still successful. This group is just fun.