Rapid Response For 295th Viennese Derby


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Czech Republic international striker TOMAS JUN of FK Austria Vienna is tackled by Rapid Vienna’s sliding Norway international defender RAGNVALD SOMA, for whom Premier League club West Ham United once paid a transfer fee of 800,000 English pounds to FK Bryne, during the 295th edition of the Viennese Derby at the Fritz Horr Stadion in the capital city of Austria. (Robert Zolles/Reuters)
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The Violets had claimed their first away victory at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion in the long-running feud since May of 2004 with a solitary goal in the previous encounter this past Septmeber.

And now, the Green-Whites have collected their first away win in the cross-town rivalry for five years and literally evened the score for the season series.

A lone goal in the second half was all SK RAPID VIENNA required to see off FK AUSTRIA VIENNA in the 295th Viennese Derby and celebrate its first triumph at the Franz Horr Stadion since October of 2005.

FK Austria Vienna will regret the waste of chances in the first half. Czech Republic international TOMAS JUN, goalless now in 13 Bundesliga games for die Veilchen this season, and his Austria internatonal striker partner, ROLAND LINZ, each had opportunities in the opening five minutes of the match. Violet defenders MARIN LEOVAC of Bosnia / Herzegovina and 19-year-old Austria international ALEKSANDAR DRAGOVIC took their unsuccessful turns as the halftime whistle approached. Meanwhile, 20-year-old goalkeeper HEINZ LINDNER did not have to hold the ball even once for FK Austria Vienna in the opening 45 mintues.

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Albania international HAMDI SALIHI, who scored four goals for the Green-Whites last week in the 5-0 rout of LASK Linz, jumps on the back of attack partner RENE GARTLER after scoring his eighth goal of the Bundesliga season in the 295th Wiener Derby with cross-town arch-rival FK Austria Vienna at the Fritz Horr Stadion. (Robert Zolles/Reuters)
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Rapid Vienna, sitting an eye-opening 7th out of the ten teams in the Bundesliga standings going in, had adopted a safety-first, defensive approach to the 295th Viennese Derby at the ground of their arch-rivals.

At the break, however, Huetteldorfer head honcho PETER PACULT adopted a more aggressive policy and replaced midfielder YASIN PEHLIVAN with attacker CHRISTOPHER TRIMMEL, still trying to find himself a first goal in the Bundesliga this season. The gamble paid almost immediate dividends.

In the 51st minute, Trimmel and his marker, Violets defender MANUEL ORTLECHNER, engaged a corner kick in the air with the ball bouncing off the crossbar as a result; Albania international striker HAMDI SALIHI, the leading goal-scorer in the Bundesliga for die Gruen-Weissen, was more than happy to manage the rebound for Rapid Vienna and a 1-0 advantage.

A dozen minutes later, FK Austria Vienna midfielder MICHAEL LIENDL reacted swiftly and aggressively to an elbow from Rapid Vienna substitute defender ANDREAS DOBER and was immediately shown the straight red card by match referee Louis Hofmann.

For all intents and purposes, die Veilchen’s hopes of anything from the game were gone the moment Liendl left the pitch.

Rapid Vienna, who had several chances with the man advantage to increase their lead but failed to finish, jumped to fifth in the Bundesliga standings after 17 rounds with the win in the 295th Viennese Derby while FK Austria Vienna, who could have claimed 2nd place in the top flight with a victory over their cross-town adversaries on home ground, dropped down to fourth.

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Bundesliga match referee LOUIS HOFMANN issues FK Austria Vienna midfielder MICHAEL LIENDL (center, wiping his mouth) his marching orders for retaliation against the prone Rapid Vienna defender ANDREAS DOBER as the Violets’ Austria international striker ROLAND LINZ (9) questions the decision at the Fritz Horr Stadion. (Robert Zolles/Reuters)
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FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Lindner – Klein, Dragovic, Ortlechner, Leovac – Stankovic (Schumacher 72′), Junuzovic, Baumgartlinger (Hlinka 82′), Liendl – Jun (Tadic 61′), Linz

SK RAPID VIENNA : Hedl – Kayhan, Sonnleitner, Soma, Katzer (Dober 33′) – Kavlak, Heikkinen, Pehlivan (Trimmel 46′), Saurer – Salihi, Gartler (Nuhiu 73′)

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As the snow comes down, SK Rapid Vienna players celebrate the end of their five-year futility streak at the Fritz Horr Stadion and the club’s 123rd series victory all-time with their 1-0 defeat of dreaded intra-city foe FK Austria Vienna in the 295th installment of the Viennse Derby. (Robert Zolles/Reuters)
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AFTER THE MATCH

“It all accumulated — the goal, the exclusion and the weather.”

KARL DAXBACHER, FK Austria Vienna manager

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Since no match highlights are available to share, this interesting clip shot just at the conclusion of the halftime festivities not only captures the flags and pyrotechnics on display behind the goal at the Fritz Horr Stadion, but also gives great insight as to the inclement weather conditions prevailing for the playing of the 295th Wiener Derby in die Hauptstadt von Oesterreich.

A minute and a half into the footage, some substitutes appear jogging along the touchline as the weather begins to worsen.

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