Austria Wien prevailed in an exciting match in Hartberg with 4-3. Marco Djuričin scored twice, Manfred Fischer and Markus Suttner scored the other goals. Dario Tadić (2) and Donis Avdijaj scored for the Styrians. Austria climbed above the line in the standings and is in 5th place before the evening match.
Coach Manfred Schmid made some changes to his lineup after the annoying Cup exit against Kapfenberg. Johannes Handl dropped out at short notice due to injury, Esad Bejic made his professional debut in central defense. Matthias Braunöder was in the starting eleven for the first time, while Muharem Husković and Marco Djuričin started up front. Vesel Demaku was absent due to his yellow-red card, and the average age was just under 24.
Hartberg won narrowly against Gurten in the Cup, coach Kurt Russ made six changes. Goalkeeper Rene Swete was fit in time, and Cup scorer Noel Niemann was also back in the game.
The game started spectacularly, with four goals already scored in the first 21 minutes despite an interruption due to smoke. Austria took the lead in the 6th minute. Marco Djuričin scored by head after a perfect free kick from Matthias Braunöder. The joy did not last long, Dario Tadić scored his 50th goal in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga to equalize (8th). But Austria kept the pressure on: after a wonderful action involving Muharem Husković and Matthias Braunöder and a cross from Markus Suttner, Manfred Fischer scored a volley to make it 1:2 (12th). Marco Djuričin went one better, after a mistake by Tobias Kainz the goal scorer scored his fifth goal of the season from the edge of the penalty area - Austria led 3:1 (21st)!
TSV Hartberg got into the game better after that, but Austria held their own with a good two-on-one. David Stec shot over in the 28th minute, but had to leave the field injured shortly after. Manfred Fischer had a chance after a counterattack via Leonardo Ivkić, but missed the goal (40th).
In the already 7-minute injury time, Hartberg's Manfred Gollner also had to be treated with a head injury. He was able to continue playing with a turban for the time being, but was replaced by Thomas Rotter at halftime. After a cross from Nemanja Belaković, the violet back line overlooked Donis Avdijaj, and the German volleyed to make it 2:3 (45th+8). Austria went into the break with the narrow lead.
Manfred Schmid made a change in the defense at the break: Esad Bejic stayed in the dressing room, Aleksandar Jukić came into the game. Markus Suttner moved into central defense, while Manfred Fischer took over on the left flank. Muharem Husković dribbled through the Hartberg back line and his cross was met by Marco Djuričin, who, however, put the ball past the second post (51st). Dario Tadić tried to surprise Patrick Pentz with a shot to the short corner, but our number one was alert (55th). A shot by Donis Avdijaj - slightly deflected by Patrick Pentz - missed the goal by a hair's breadth (66th).
Markus Suttner provided some relief for the violet camp. The captain took heart and shot from 20 meters. Rene Swete was on the wrong foot and the ball was in the goal - 2:4 (70th). Shortly after, Noah Ohio and Georg Teigl came into the game for Muharem Husković and Marco Djuričin. Hartberg scored again through Dario Tadić in the 80th minute and it became exciting again.
Jukić missed a volley after a corner by Suttner, Ohio failed narrowly on the counterattack (82nd, 84th). Alexander Grünwald came on shortly before the end for the strong Braunöder. Ohio repeatedly posed problems for the Hartberg defense, but no goal was scored (87th, 90th). Avdijaj missed - already in injury time - (90th+2), the last chance of the game.
Austria finally deserved to win 4-3 and is now five games unbeaten in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga.
Hartberg: Swete; Stec (34th Erhardt), Sonnleitner, Gollner (46th Rotter), Klem; Kainz, Horvat (69th Lemoine); Niemann (57th Lema), Avdijaj, Belaković (69th Schmerböck); Tadić
Austria: Pentz; Ivkić, Schoissengeyr, Mühl, Bejic (46th Jukić), Suttner; Martel, Fischer, Braunöder (87th Grünwald); Husković (74th Ohio), Djuričin (74th Teigl)
Goals: Tadić (8th, 80th), Avdijaj (45th+8); Djuričin (6th, 21st), Fischer (12th), Suttner (70th).
Yellow cards: Erhardt (42nd), Rotter (73rd)
Profertil Arena Hartberg, referee Walter Altmann