SK Rapid Vienna 1 – PFC CSKA Sofia 2

20-year-old Austria international midfieder CHRISTOPHER DRAZAN (19) of Rapid Vienna and CSKA Sofia’s 30-year-old Bulgaria international defender YORDAN MINEV (25) both eye the ball at the Ernst Happel Stadion in the Hauptstadt von Oesterreich. (Ronald Zak/AP)

UEFA Europa League
Group Stage

1 – SK Rapid Vienna (AUT) ——— Salihi pen 57′
2 – PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL) ———– Yanchev 51′, Marquinhos 64′

A dreadful defensive error at the back paved the way for visiting Bulgarian club PFC CSKA Sofia to upend host SK RAPID VIENNA in Group L of the UEFA Europa League.

Perhaps a foreshadow the fate in store for Rapid Vienna on this evening, in just the first minute of the match, a delightful chip from a short corner by Austria international midfielder VELI KAVLAK rebounded down off the crossbar and was cleared to safety.

To even things up, Bulgaria U-21 international ALEKSANDAR TONEV smashed a dipping, long-range drive of his own for CSKA Sofia off to top of the post in the 16th minute.

34-year-old veteran Bulgaria international midfielder TODOR YANCHEV, the visiting club’s captain who has spent time abroad in Greece, Turkey as well as Denmark in his day, blasted a drive from well above the penalty arc with a ball laid off by Brazilian midfielder MARQUINHOS to give CSKA Sofia the lead six minutes after the halftime break.

Another six minutes on, Albania international striker HAMDI SALIHI equalized from the spot for Rapid Vienna with his first goal of the season in Europe.

As the hour approached, CSKA Sofia needed Algeria World Cup goalkeeper RAIS M’BOLHI to steer the header of Rapid Vienna striker ARDHE NUHIU away and keep the score level.

In the 64th minute, a radical misjudgment of a ball in flight former Austria U-21 international defender MARIO SONNLEITNER of Rapid Vienna allowed Marquinhos to score the winner for CSKA Sofia with a nifty move and finish; hard luck for Sonnleitner, who had scored such a huge goal, himself, in the UEFA Europa League playoff tie with English Premier League club Aston Villa in late August.

A disappointing result then for Rapid Vienna, who had beaten CSKA Sofia 2-0 two weeks earlier in Bulgaria.


Norway international defender RAGNVALD SOMA (22) of Rapid Vienna sticks his foot in to challenge CSKA Sofia’s Brazilian midfielder MARQUINHOS at the Ernst Happel Stadion. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)

SK RAPID VIENNA : Hedl ; Kayhan, Sonnleitner, Soma, Katzer (Trimmel 68′) ; Kavlak, Heikkinen, Pehlivan (Dober 82′), Drazan ; Salihi, Nuhiu (Gartler 68′)

PFC CSKA SOFIA : M’Bolhi ; Trifonov (Grillo 88′), Stoyanov, Aquaro, Minev ; Tonev (Yanev 90′), Yanchev, Marquinhos, Galchev, Nelson (Delev 82′) ; Michel Platini


PFC CSKA Sofia, who had not managed either a goal or a point from their first three UEFA Europa League matches this season, salute their supporters following the 2-1 defeat of Rapid Vienna at the Ernst Happel Stadion in the capital city of Austria. (Robert Zolles/Reuters)


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