FK Austria Vienna goalkeeper ROBERT ALMER (right) punches the ball clear from Rapid Vienna striker ATDHE NUHIU, climbing the back of Violets defender GEORG MARGREITTER, at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion in the Huetteldorf section of the Austrian capital city. (Reuters photo)
Speiltag # 7
0 – Rapid Vienna
1 – FK Austria Vienna ——— Linz 63′
Austria international striker ROLAND LINZ beat the offsides trap to score the only goal of the game as FK AUSTRIA VIENNA, forced to deploy a back-up between the sticks, upended cross-town rival SK RAPID VIENNA in the 294th edition of the Austrian capital city derby.
Linz, who scored the first goal in Austria’s 2-0 European Championships qualifying match defeat of Kazakhstan earlier in the week, latched onto a ball from midfielder JULIEN BAUMGARTLINGER and easily beat Rapid Vienna goalkeeper RAIMUND HEDL, who seemed genuinely stunned the offsides flag stayed down, nearly twenty minutes into the second half.
Linz, who scored six goals in 15 Bundesliga games last season for the Violets after returning to Austria from Gaziantepspor in Turkey, leads FK Austria Vienna with five goals from seven league matches this term.
26-year-old ROBERT ALMER, dubbed the “Pink Panther” as a result of his game jersey, was drafted into the team after FK Austria Vienna’s normal first choice, 20-year-old HEINZ LINDNER, suffered a thigh strain during Saturday’s training session.
Dutch international JAN VENNEGOOR of HESSELINK, the 31-year-old veteran who was signed as a replacement for Glasgow Rangers new forward NIKICA JELAVIC, made his debut for Rapid Vienna in the derby match; however, the one-time Glasgow Celtic striker was ineffective for the Green-Whites and taken off in favor of Albania international striker HAMID SALIHI after only an hour.
The Violets’ 1-0 victory marks the first time since May of 2004 that FK Austria Vienna has triumphed over its arch-rival at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion.
RAPID VIENNA : Hedl ; Dober (Trimmel 72′), Soma, Sonnleitner, Katzer ; Hofmann, Heikkinen, Kulovits, Kavlak (Saurer 78′) ; Nuhiu, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Salihi 60′)
FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Almer ; Klein, Dragovic, Margreitter, Suttner ; Liendl (Vorisek 90′), Baumgartlinger, Hlinka, Junuzovic ; Jun (Stankovic 86′), Linz
The Violets jubilantly salute their supporters following the FK Austria Vienna’s Derbysieg over SK Rapid Vienna at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion. (Reuters photo)
NOTE — One other piece of good news for FK Austria Vienna involves the health of Slovenia international MILENKO ACIMOVIC. The 33-year-old former Red Star Belgrade and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been out of action since April thru injury but is now fit enough to have taken a place on the substitutes bench versus Rapid Vienna. Acimovic, who has scored 30 goals in 101 career Bundesliga games for FK Austria Vienna, led the Violets with ten goals in the league last season.