Guatemala international striker CARLOS RUIZ of Greek side FC Aris Thessaloniki has his shirt pulled by 21-year-old FK Austria Vienna defender GEORG MARGREITTER at the Franz Horr Stadion in the Austrian capital city. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
Playoff round, second leg
1 – FK Austria Vienna (AUT) ——— Linz 56′
1 – FC Aris Thessaloniki (GRE) —— Ruiz 42′
The Little Fish (El Pescadito) left The Violets floundering with a goal a few minutes before the halftime break as visiting FC ARIS THESSALONIKI held FK AUSTRIA VIENNA to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff tie.
Guatemala international striker CARLOS RUIZ, a seven-year veteran of Major League Soccer in the United States signed this summer by FC Aris Thessaloniki from Mexican club FC Puebla, scored his second goal in as many matches against the Austrian capital club after a long run and lethal pass from Spanish winger TONI CALVO.
The critical away tally meant that the hosts would have to win by two clear goals and triumph outright on aggregate — too great a task, as things turned out.
Austria international striker ROLAND LINZ leveled the second leg with his third goal in six UEFA Europa League games this summer but it was not anywhere near enough for disappointed FK Austria Vienna.
FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Lindner ; Troyansky (Stankovic 62′), Dragovic, Margreitter, Suttner (Leovac 74′) ; Klein, Baumgartlinger, Hlinka, Liendl (Schumacher 46′) ; Linz, Jun
FC ARIS THESSALONIKI : Sifakis ; Michel, Lazaridis, Ronaldo Guiaro, Neto ; Javito, Toja (Prittas 55′), Nafti, Toni Calvo (Cesnauskis 57′) ; Koke, Ruiz (Cesarec 74′)