Two consecutive triumphs since the end of the Winterpause, highlighted by the 4-0 hammering of visiting SC Wiener Neustadt at the old Franz Horr Stadion this past weekend, have catapulted FK AUSTRIA VIENNA up to second place in the Austrian Bundesliga.
A second strike by Austria international attacker ROLAND LINZ in the final minute capped off a three-goal onslaught by die Veilchen after the visitors had defender CHRISTIAN THONHOFER sent off for his second bookable offense in the 55th minute.
Linz, who is well-traveled having spent time in France, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey, leads FK Austria Vienna and is second in the entire circuit with 11 goals in Austrian top flight this season.
Former Austria U-21 international defender MARKUS SUTTNER and 20-year-old Dutch midfielder NACER BARAZITE, the winter free transfer signing from English Premier League side FC Arsenal who had been out on loan in Holland with Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem, accounted for the other FK Austria Vienna goals.
After a disastrous start to the season, the Violets found themselves sitting in fourth place, five points adrift, entering the winter break just before the Christmas holiday. FK Austria Vienna immediately reduced the deficit as play resumed last week with a 1-0 victory over table-toppers SV Ried. This week’s emphatic result pushed trainer KARL DAXBACHER’s club past Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg, both of whom drew their matches this weekend, on the Bundesliga chart.