The cross-town rivalry between FK AUSTRIA VIENNA and SK RAPID VIENNA, the third-most contested intra-city derby on the planet known as Earth, ended in a draw for the third consecutive time last Sunday as the Violets and the Green-Whites played to a yet another 0-0 draw in front of 12,900 spectators at the little Franz Horr Stadion in the capital city of Oesterreich.
SK Rapid Vienna, whose 32 first division titles are unmatched by any other Austrian football club, might have gone top of the Bundesliga table win a victory over die Veilchen. As it stands, the Gruen-Weissen team of trainer PETER SCHOETTEL, who were without German captain STEFFEN HOFMANN — second on the Green-Whites with six goals in the Bundesliga this season — for the 301st Wiener Derby, still pulled to within a single point of current league leaders Red Bull Salzburg. FK Austria Vienna, whose combined 23 league championships and 27 domestic Cup titles make trainer IVICA VASTIC’s charges the most decorated club in the land, moved into third place (which provides for an all-important ticket to the UEFA Europa League next season) with its share of the spoils.
SK Rapid Vienna, having lost the first Wiener Derby of this current term to the Violets 3-0 at home late last August, failed to register at least one victory in an intra-city season series with their arch-adversary for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign; FK Austria Vienna, meanwhile, are still in search of a first win against die Huetteldorfer at home since early May of 2010.
All-time WIENER DERBY Record
SK Rapid Vienna 124 wins, FK Austria Vienna 109 wins and 68 drawn matches
SK Rapid Vienna goalkeeper LUKAS KOENIGSHOFER collects the ball before FK Austria Vienna veteran substitute striker ROLAND LINZ, the 30-year-old Austria international who has already played professional football in France, Portugal, Switzerland as well as Turkey on his travels, during the 301st Wiener Derby at the old Franz Horr Stadion in the capital city of Oesterreich.
FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Lindner – Klein, Rogulj, Ortlechner, Suttner – Dilaver, Mader – Gorgon, Jun (Linz 66′), Leovac (Liendl 61′) – Kienast (Stankovic 78′)
SK RAPID VIENNA : Koenigshofer – Schimpelsberger, Sonnleitner, Pichler, Katzer (Schrammel 33′) – Heikkinen, Prokopac (Grozurek 67′) – Trimmel (Kulovits 65′), Alar, Drazan – Nuhiu
FK Austria Vienna goalkeeper HEINZ LINDNER (13), the 21-year-old who regained his first team place earlier this fall after summer signing Pascal Gruenwald was felled by injury, secures the ball with SK Rapid Vienna striker ADTHE NUHIU, who leads die Huetteldorfer with eight goals in the Austrian top flight this term, lurking in the penalty area during the 301st Wiener Derby at the old Franz Horr Stadion.