299th Vienna Derby Ends In Draw


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SK Rapid Vienna’s attacking midfielder and German club captain STEFFEN HOFMANN (right), the former Bayern Munich youth team product who first started playing with die Gruen-Weissen in the summer of 2002, looks to tackle the ball away from advancing FK Austria Vienna midfielder ALEXANDER GORGON during the 299th edition of the always-interesting WIENER DERBY at the tiny Franz Horr Stadion in the southern part of the Austrian capital city.
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The two clubs have combined to win the Austrian national championship on 55 occasions to date but nothing was settled in the 299th clash of great intra-city rivals as FK AUSTRIA VIENNA and cross-town adversary SK RAPID VIENNA battled to a 1-1 draw in the 12th round of the Bundesliga von Oesterreich.

Czech Republic international TOMAS JUN, deployed as the central attacking midfielder in the Startelf for die Veilchen by trainer KARL DAXBAXCHER, had made a spectacular run right through three players in the center of the SK Rapid Vienna defense only to be denied by Austria international goalkeeper HELGE PAYER. But Payer, the 32-year-old veteran who was making his first start since losing his place earlier this season to Slovakian JAN NOVOTA, could not punch the resulting corner kick effectively to safety. Lurking at the edge of the area was Jun, who volleyed the attempted clearance into the back of the net and give FK Austria Vienna a 37th minute advantage.

A second goal of this season in the Austrian Bundesliga for Jun, who has also struck three times in UEFA Europa League competition this term, as well.

Led by one-time Bayern Munich midfielder STEFFEN HOFMANN, the visiting side responded just before the halftime break. The 31-year-old veteran captain of die Gruen-Weissen beat two FK Austria Vienna defenders on the left before squaring the ball for youthful striker GUIDO BURGSTALLER all alone on the right. The 22-year-old summer signing from SC Wiener Neustadt then neatly curled around Violet goalkeeper PASCAL GRUENWALD to score his first-ever goal for SK Rapid Vienna and knot the Wiener Derby.

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Austria international midfielder THOMAS PRAGER of SK Rapid Vienna, who is out on loan to the Green-Whites for the season from Swiss Superliga club FC Luzern, is sent flying by the challenge of FK Austria Vienna midfielder FLORIAN MADER, the 29-year-old summer signing of die Veilchen from SV Ried, during the 299th Wiener Derby at the venerable if very small Franz Horr Stadion, which was originally constructed back in 1925.
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SK Rapid Vienna trainer PETER SCHOETTEL fielded a different team for the twelfth time in as many Bundesliga matches this season; Albania international HAMDI SALIHI, who led the Green-Whites with 18 goals in the Bundesliga last season, was left on the bench once more although the 27-year-old striker, whose three goals in the top flight pace die Gruen-Weissen yet again this term, did make an appearance as a second half substitute.

Austria international ROLAND LINZ, who still leads die Veilchen with six goals in the Bundesliga this season but has seen his role reduced to that of a substitute in the last three matches, had two excellent chances to tip the scales for FK Austria Vienna. The 30-year-old veteran received a great ball on the right six yards out after a fine run by fellow-substitute MICHAEL LIENDL on the left but had his shot deflected off the post by SK Rapid Vienna’s 31-year-old Austria international defender MARKUS KATZER with less than a quarter of an hour to play. Later in time added on, Linz was way over the bar with a fine ball from Violet midfielder FLORIAN MADER.

Morocco international NACER BARAZITE, who leads FK Austria Vienna this season with 13 goals including nine in Europe and netted in the previous Wiener Derby this past August, was effectively neutralized as a solitary striker up front this time by the SK Rapid Vienna defense.

The all-time series record between the two great Viennese rivals including league and cup matches now stands as follows :

SK Rapid Vienna 124 wins, FK Austria Vienna 109 wins, 66 draws

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Austria international ZLATKO JUNUZOVIC of FK Austria Vienna, the talented 24-year-old midfielder who is tied for second on the Violets with four goals in the Bundesliga this season, goes down after the challenge of SK Rapid Vienna defender MICHAEL SCHIMPELSBERGER during the 299th Wiener Derby at the Franz Horr Stadion in the the southern section of the Austrian capital city.
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FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : P. Gruenwald – Klein, Ortlechner, Margreitter, Suttner – Mader, A. Gruenwald (Liendl 72′) – Gorgon (Linz 62′), Jun (Stankovic 92′), Junuzovic – Barazite

SK RAPID VIENNA : Payer – Schimpelsberger, Sonnleitner, Soma, Katzer – Prager, Pichler – Trimmel, Hofmann (Thornhofer 90′), Drazan (Prokopic 81′) – Burgstaller (Salihi 79′)

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