Football is back in the Generali-Arena after 12 weeks: Christian Ilzer relied on Patrick Pentz in the goal; Florian Klein, Michael Madl, Erik Palmer-Brown and Christoph Martschinko formed the back four. Vesel Demaku and captain Alexander Grünwald started in the defensive midfield. Maximilian Sax and Manprit Sarkaria started on the wings, Dominik Fitz started behind goal getter Christoph Monschein. Csaba Mester was in the violet squad for the first time, Dominik Prokop was not ready to play because of adductor problems.
Admira under coach Zvonimir Soldo started as in the goalless test game against Sturm Graz in a 3-5-2 system. Three central defenders were supposed to stop the “Violets”.
The game started very quickly, in the third minute the ball hit Christoph Schösswendter’s hand in the penalty area, but there was no intention. Dominik Fitz took a cross from Vesel Demaku, but the shot went over the goal (4’). After a cross from Erwin Hoffer Sinan Bakis appeared in front of Patrick Pentz, but missed the goal. However, the team around referee Harald Lechner overlooked his offside position (6’). Manprit Sarkaria took a cross from Fitz by head, Andreas Leitner was on the spot (10’). Shortly after, Admira’s goal keeper had more trouble with a header by Maximilian Sax, who put the ball towards the lower right corner after a cross by Martschinko (12’). A long-range shot by Alexander Grünwald missed the goal as well (13’).
After that, the pace was somewhat lost in the game, some ball errors crept in. Austria Wien remained dominant with over 60% possession, a good shot by Sarkaria missed the mark (35’). Patrick Pentz thwarted a chance for Bakis during stoppage time, without any goals the halftime break started.
The second half started quickly, but with no chance of scoring. Benedikt Pichler came into the game for Maximilian Sax after an hour. Erwin Hoffer put a header next to the goal (64’), Austria Wien struck a few minutes later after a counterattack: Alex Grünwald to Christoph Monschein, whose finish slipped through Andreas Leitner’s hands. Dominik Fitz was spot on and scored the 1-0 for the “Violets” (67’).
Patrick Wimmer came in for Sarkaria shortly after the goal, a little later Jimmy Jeggo and Alexandar Borković replaced Dominik Fitz and Christoph Martschinko. Grünwald advanced into the offensive midfield.
In the final phase, Admira pressed for the equalizer, substitute Muhammed-Cham Saracevic shot over the goal, a great opportunity for Bakis was destroyed by Patrick Pentz with a brilliant parade (85’, 87’). A finish by Monschein was deflected to the corner (89’). Florian Klein cleared a dangerous cross by Saracevic shortly before the end of the game, Austria Wien secured three points at the start of the qualification group and will play against SKN in St. Pölten on Saturday.
Austria Wien: Pentz; Klein, Madl, Palmer-Brown, Martschinko (80’ Borković); Demaku, Grünwald; Sax (60’ Pichler), Fitz (79’ Jeggo), Sarkaria (67’ Wimmer); Monschein
Admira: Leitner; Farmer, Schösswendter, Aiwu; Pavelic (71’ Pink), Kerschbaum (75’ Hjulmand), Toth (81’ Saracevic), Kadlec, Scherzer; Hoffer (82’ Lackner), Bakis
Goal: Fitz (67’)
Yellow cards: Sarkaria (53’), Grünwald (90’+6’); Schösswendter (27’), Bakis (38’), Toth (54’)
Generali-Arena, referee Harald Lechner, no spectators allowed