Violets Victorious In 302nd Vienna Derby


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SK Rapid Vienna right back MARKUS KATZER, the 32-year-old veteran who has counted eleven caps for Oesterreich in his career, and FK Austria Vienna left winger ALEXANDER GORGON both eye the ball at the sun-drenched Gerhard Hanappi Stadion in the Huetteldforf section of the Austrian capital city during the 302nd edition of the always-entertaining Vienna Derby.
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Two goals within a quarter hour on either side of the halftime whistle and a late third tacked on for good measure allowed visiting FK AUSTRIA VIENNA to dispatch fierce, intra-city arch-rival SK RAPID VIENNA by the convincing scoreline of 3-0 in the 302nd installment of the great VIENNA DERBY.

SK Rapid Vienna, who have won a record 32 domestic championships in the club’s storied history, started bright enough for the first half hour or so but were unable to capitalize on the chances created. The youthful Austria international CHRISTOPHER DRAZAN twiced fired in low shots from the left only to see the confident FK Austria Vienna goalkeeper HEINZ LINDNER, the 22-year-old who made his international debut for Austria in the 3-2 win over Ukraine this past June, comfortably stop both. In between, new United States international striker TERRENCE BOYD, the 21-year-old native of Berlin who scored 20 goals in 32 games in the German Regionalliga West last term for Borussia Dortmund.II before signing with the Green-Whites this summer, had only been denied by an admirable, sliding block from the Violets’ Croatian defender KAJA ROGULJ.

FK Austria Vienna trainer PETER STOEGER, the two-term Violets midfielder who earned 65 caps and scored 15 goals for Austria back in his playing days, decided to select veteran striker ROMAN KIENAST for the very first time in this, the team’s fourth competitive game of the fledgling season. That decision paid big dividends seven minutes before the break when the one-time SK Rapid Vienna youth team product netted after experienced defender MANUEL ORTLECHNER alertly pulled the ball back for Kienast on an odd-looking play in the box. Unfortunately for die Huetteldorfer, though, their former striker was only just getting started.

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Australia international midfielder JAMES HOLLAND (left) of FK Austria Vienna, the 23-year-old who signed for die Veilchen from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar last January, and recently-arrived United States international striker TERRENCE BOYD of SK Rapid Vienna, who scored two goals on his debut for die Gruen-Weissen in the 4-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck to open this Austrian Bundesliga season, engage in an aerial duel during the 302nd Wiener Derby at the sold-out Gerhard Hanappi Stadion.
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Violets winger ALEXANDER GORGON had whiffed on his attempt in the 52nd minute but midfielder DARE VRSIC, the 27-year-old Slovenia international acquired from Olympia Ljubljana this summer, collected the loose ball on the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Kienast. Left all alone in the center, the 28-year-old easily nodded home for a second in the 302nd Wiener Derby and, in doing so, equaled his total for die Veilchen last term. Kienast, who has appeared ten times for Oesterreich while notching a pair of goals in the process, scored twice on a baker’s dozen appearances for FK Austria Vienna after transferring from Sturm Graz at the end of January.

Kienast might have had the hat trick at his old Gerhard Hanappi Stadion stomping grounds, too, had by-now beleaguered SK Rapid Vienna goalkeeper LUKAS KOENIGSHOFER not steered a point-blank header from the in-form Austria international striker off the crossbar later on. An egregious error by Green-Whites midfielder MARKUS HEIKKINEN, the 33-year-old with 66 caps for Finland who had come on as a substitute for die Gruen-Weissen with less than twenty minutes remaining, did enable Kienast to race away and set up a third, though. Midfielder TOMAS SIMKOVIC, the former Austria U-20 international who was only acquired by FK Austria Vienna from SC Wiener Neustadt this summer, was more than happy to receive a square ball and beat the on-rushing Koenigshofer to score a first-ever goal for die Veilchen on his Wiener Derby debut.

A great success on the day for new FK Austria Vienna trainer Stoeger, also just arrived from SC Wiener Neustadt this summer, and his new 4-3-3 system, as well. Die Veilchen, who claim the honor of Austria’s most decorated team having won a combined 50 league and Cup titles, remained unbeaten in the last six Wiener Derby matches with their great intra-city rival. The all-time record now stands as follows :

SK Rapid Vienna – 124 wins, FK Austria Vienna – 110 wins, drawn matches – 68

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SK Rapid Vienna captain STEFFEN HOFMANN, the 31-year-old former Bayern Munich midfielder who has scored 79 goals in 326 Austrian Bundesliga games for die Gruen-Weissen in his career, and FK Austria Vienna winger TOMAS JUN, the Czech Republic international who recently bagged two goals in the Violets’ Pokalsieg over SV Oberwart to open this season, battle for the ball during the 302nd Wiener Derby.
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SK RAPID VIENNA : Koenigshofer – Trimmel, Sonnleitner, Gerson, Katzer – Kulovits (Prager 60′), Ildiz (Heikkinen 73′) – Hofmann, Alar, Drazan (Burgstaller 60′) – Boyd

FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Lindner – Dilaver, Rogulj, Ortlechner, Suttner – Vrsic (Mader 67′), Holland, Simkovic – Gorgon (Stankovic 72′), Kienast, Jun (Murg 85′)

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