Austria Wien started well and took an early lead through Andreas Gruber, but Hartberg turned the game around with two goals from Donis Avdijaj. Even a half-hour period of superiority after a yellow-red card against Ousmane Diakité could not be used by the Violets.
In the first game after the international break, coach Michael Wimmer was able to revert to James Holland and Marvin Potzmann. Holland started in place of Matthias Braunöder in central midfield, Potzmann took a seat on the bench for the time being. In defense, Wimmer relied on Matteo Meisl this time, alongside Marvin Martins and Lucas Galvão. Dominik Fitz moved to the central position in attack, Fisnik Asllani came in on the wing.
Hartberg coach Markus Schopp had to do without the leading scorer - Maximilian Entrup. Donis Avdijaj started up front, and in defense Paul Komposch replaced Michael Steinwender.
The match started quite briskly in ideal soccer conditions, with Austria creating the first scoring opportunities: A flick by Dominik Fitz went just past the second bar, a shot by Marvin Martins after a Stanglpass by Reinhold Ranftl over the goal (3rd, 6th). A nice double pass with Fitz put Fisnik Asllani in a good finishing position. His shot was blocked, the ball ended up with Andreas Gruber, who scored his 45th goal in his 200th game in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga - 1-0 for the Veilchen (10th).
Hartberg quickly had the chance to equalize, but Christian Früchtl made a great save on a shot by Tobias Kainz from close range (12th). After that, the game became a bit calmer. Shots by Manfred Fischer and Christoph Lang were prey to the respective goalkeepers (23rd, 30th). Asllani tried a lob over goalkeeper Raphael Sallinger, but the ball went just past the goal (38th).
After that, the Styrians found their way into the game better and better. Marvin Martins saved on the line with a finish from Lang (39th). Donis Avdijaj scored the equalizer on a counterattack after an assist from Dominik Prokop (43rd). Christian Früchtl prevented worse from happening against Lang in the 45th minute - with the score at 1-1, the team went into the dressing rooms.
The Violets came out of the break well, Dominik Fitz had a good chance to take the lead again, but chased the ball over the crossbar from eleven meters (49th). Sallinger was able to defuse a direct free kick by Fitz (50th), and it was also the Hartberg goalkeeper who initiated Hartberg's opening goal. A quick shot by the goalkeeper ended up with Donis Avdijaj, who pushed the ball over the line for 2-1 (51.).
Martins put a header over the goal after a corner from Fitz, on the other side Frieser missed a chance for another goal (56th, 58th). From the 60th minute on TSV Hartberg had to manage with one man less, Ousmane Diakité saw the yellow-red card after a foul on Manfred Fischer.
For Austria, Alexander Schmidt and Aleksandar Jukić came on for Fisnik Asllani and Dominik Fitz, Matthias Braunöder replaced Marvin Martins. Austria struggled against the Hartberg defense, Muharem Husković for James Holland was Michi Wimmer's last option. Husković missed a cross from Hakim Guenouche, a shot from Meisl went over the goal (85th, 90.+2). Austria had to admit defeat to Hartberg with 1-2.
Hartberg: Sallinger; Heil, Komposch, Bowat, Pfeifer; Diakité; Frieser (63rd Providence), Lang (62nd Sangaré), Kainz (73rd Halwachs), Prokop (74th Steinwender); Avdijaj (86th Brücknerr)
Austria: Früchtl; Martins (75th Braunöder), Galvão, Meisl; Ranftl, Fischer, Holland (83rd Husković), Guenouche; Gruber, Fitz (65th Jukić), Asllani (65th Schmidt)
Goals: Avdijaj (43rd, 51st); Gruber (10th)
Yellow cards: Diakité (15th); Guenouche (26th), Jukić (67th)
Yellow-red card: Diakité (60th)
Profertil Arena Hartberg, referee Markus Hameter, 3,793 spectators