With Puntigamer Sturm Graz, a title contender said goodbye to the Uniqa-ÖFB-Cup in the round of 16. The second place in the Admiral Bundesliga was defeated in the home game on Wednesday by league rivals Guntamatic Ried 1: 2 (0: 1). Ante Bajic (36th) and Luca Meisl (52nd) shot the 2011 cup winner back into a quarter-finals after a three-year break. Jakob Jantscher’s subsequent goal was too little for Sturm (69th).
Ried shut down, and the Grazers who dominated the game ultimately couldn’t think of enough. A counterattack put the outsider in the lead. At the end of a Styrian chain of mistakes, Bajic stood free on the second pole and overcame Jörg Siebenhandl (36th). The goalie, who was weakening recently, again initiated the goal with a tee shot directly to the opponent. And just before the break saw how his teammate Ivan Ljubic did not fully hit the ball in the shooting position.
The Europa League participant had to do without three regular players on Wednesday – in addition to Otar Kiteishvili and Stefan Hierländer, defensive boss Gregory Wüthrich was also missing – and saw his skins swim away from the 52nd minute despite a clear chances overweight. After Siebenhandl had prevented the 2-0 draw against Philipp Pomer, Meisl headed the deflected ball into the short corner at the subsequent corner (52nd). Stefan Nutz assisted on both goals.
Meisl increased to 2-0 for Ried
After a corner kick, Luca Meisl made it 2-0 for the guests from Ried (52nd).
Jantscher-Tor gives hope to the storm
Jantscher made the game exciting again with a placed shot in the far corner, but the last cup winner (2018), who is not Salzburg, was able to equalize against the cleverly defending “Vikings”. The Rieder managed to take revenge for the last 0-1 defeat in the league.
Jantscher shortened to 1: 2
After a nice single action and a placed shot from the edge of the penalty area, Jakob Jantscher caused tension again.
“We wanted to stand safely and be dangerous with switching actions. Thank God that worked out well for us, ”said Bajic in an interview with ORF. Jantscher did not want to use the long list of injuries in Graz as an excuse. “You also have to be self-critical, that was just not enough. We have to stop having too many injuries. We have to get on here, ready, out. “