With LASK still going according to plan, with 32 points, Linz is just three points behind Serienmeister Salzburg. In 13 games, LASK scored only eight goals, the success against Austria in Pasching was the seventh unbeaten match. The fifth win in a row was a successful dress rehearsal for the Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday (6:55 pm) in Linz.
After a draw without a draw two weeks ago in the Netherlands, Group D LASK third could make up for a home win against current leaders in Eindhoven. The Dutch runner-up is currently in very bad shape and is in Eredivisia after two defeats and a draw 2-2 on Saturday in Sparta Rotterdam, eight points behind leading Ajax Amsterdam.
LASK is self-critical
LASK did not need a gala performance on Sunday against further Austrian cruelty. The goals of Reinhold Ranftl (7th) and Petar Filipovic (64th) fell with the help of the purple defense. "We did not make such a special game, we can do better in phases. But it is also important to win such games," said defender Filipovic, who improved the final score against his former club with an outstanding solo. "He has been rewarded for his services since he has been here," coach Valerien Ismael said, praising how the German Croats came in early September. "One has the feeling that he has been with us for ten years."
Austrian defeat against LASK
Vienna Austria lost to LASK on Sunday once again by losing 2-0 on the table.
Also another former Austrian, midfielder James Holland, has met with great enthusiasm. "It wasn't so sovereign in the first half," said the Australian veteran, stating, regarding the PSV duel, "We have to play even better on Thursday. Ismael landed in Holland." There were several errors at 1-0. reproduction because the game could have become tight. We fixed that during the break and in the second half everything was in the circle, "said the Frenchman.
WAC is dominated by short penetration
RAC Pellets WAC played 4-0 in Graz on Saturday, three days after the infamous knockout round in the ÖFB Cup at Wacker Innsbruck, again a positive conversation. Effective and powerful as in the best of times, the Wolfsbergs acted. With their win, they want to shine in the same spot in the home game of the Europa League against Basaksehir, Istanbul on Thursday (9pm).
The WAC celebrates a clean victory in the storm
Wolfsberger AC made a storm in their alternate quarter of the Graz European Cup on Saturday with 4-0.
"After a short break, the team found itself again," said WAC club boss Dietmar Riegler. As the participants betrayed themselves, there was a need for discussion in the wake of the 0: 1 result in Tyrol. "We spoke plain text in Innsbruck and have now answered," Michael Liendl said. The playmaker recently talked about too many "shoulders". This should be suppressed, the former German legionary stressed.
"We've reached zero so far. Yes, we have a good season. We old players are here to keep the ball straight," Liendl said, but he is aware of his team's potential. "The fact is that if we play like that, we are a top team in Austria. We don't want to talk about it further. But we absolutely have to break the border." Coach Gerhard Struber did just that with his team. His tactics worked before Sturm goalkeeper Jörg Siebenhandl of Wolfsberger was also ruthless.
Revenge against Basaksehir?
The goals should drop again on Thursday. After a 0-1 defeat at Basaksehir two weeks ago, the WAC regretted its still-inefficient performance, now the Graz Turks, like the storm, have shown restrictions. Struber spoke of a "trend-setting game" in the Europa League. After three rounds, Lavanttaler and Basaksehir in Group J lag behind the leading AS Roma by four points each. In the Turkish Süper League, runner-up Basaksehir is currently only sixth after a 0-0 draw against Alanyaspor leaders, the second draw in a row.
Mercury Arena has closed the Wolfsbergers a bit already. "We feel a little at home in this small, fine stadium," said left-back Lukas Schmitz, who described the success against Sturm as "bombastic."
Salzburg ready for Napoli
Salzburg could also be pleased after claiming a win at SV Mattersburg with a triple-pack by Patson Dhaka. The Bulls can confidently enter the Champions League game on Tuesday at 9pm at SSC Napoli (9pm).
There is no nudity in Salzburg in Mattersburg
The Red Bull Salzburg champions secured a 3-0 victory at SV Mattersburg on Saturday with a triple-pack Patson Dhaka.
The game against the Italians is crucial in the fight for promotion in the 16th round, after a 2: 3 win in the "first team" in Salzburg would probably be saved only by winning in Naples, relevant opportunities. Napoli lead in Group E at half time with seven points, one against defending champions Liverpool and four ahead of Salzburg. In Serie A, the Italian runner-up suffered his third defeat of the season with a draw of 1-2 at AS Roma on Saturday, and is now eleven points behind leader Juventus Turin after eleven rounds in the seventh.
"We're ready for Tuesday," said Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch, who saw his team unaccompanied after another competitive game in a row. "Ultimately, 3-0 is great for us. Something has been improved tactically," the American analyzed, "Mattersburg's match plan has made it very difficult for us," Marsch admitted.
Dhaka is correct
According to the march, the "conservative" style of the deceased was indeed the result of the withdrawal of the Salzburg offensive effort which, despite 70 percent possession of the ball, came up with only a handful of opportunities. Used Dhaka – starting with a serious miss from SVM goalkeeper Tin Casali – ideal, two of his three goals was Abstauber. "No goal is easy to score. As a striker you always have to know where you stand," Dhaka said afterward.
For the Zambians, it was already ten to twelve goals in the current Bundesliga season, with the scorer being led by WAC striker Shon Weissman and his teammate Erling Haaland. Norwegian Haaland, who arrived at halftime for Hwang Hee Chan, failed to score in the 2019/20 fourth time. Thanks to Dhaka, Salzburg was able to shut down equipment and beat the 21-year-old in stoppage time on Saturday after a 2-0 break.
"It's great for Patson. It's not easy for him. We played in the most important games with Hwang and Haaland. But it's in the middle of a great season," Marsch said, praising the striker, who needed less minutes per league rank than Haaland. "I'm always ready for the starting eleven. But if not, then I respect the coach's decision," Dhaka said.