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Raiffeisen Arena, 5th December 2021

LASK claimed bragging rights over SV Ried in the Upper-Austrian derby, winning the game thanks to an early goal from Sascha Horvath. In true derby fashion, two penalties were awarded and both sides ended with ten men on the pitch, after Jovicic was shown a straight red in just the second minute, and Peter Michorl was given a second yellow at the beginning of the second half. After dominating the first 45, LASK felt the pressure from SV Ried in the second, but defended well to keep a hold of their lead.

With only three games left to play in 2021, LASK were to face SV Ried at the Raiffeisen Arena, hoping to gain some much-needed league momentum ahead of the winter break. Last week was a tale of incredible highs and devastating lows for LASK, with last-minute goals dictating both fixtures. The Linzers’ shining European success continued, with ecstasy in the UEFA Europa Conference League as Horvath’s 89th minute winner against Tel-Aviv (1-0) sealed top spot in the group. Yet it was their Bundesliga form that once again snapped them back to reality. In a dominant display over Hartberg, where LASK registered 21 shots to their opponent’s six, Hartberg’s Dario Tadic completed his brace in the 94th minute to break LASK hearts and put the game to bed at 2-1. LASK came into Sunday’s game second-bottom but were hoping to take advantage of Ried’s shaky defence, which had conceded the most goals

in the Bundesliga this season up to now (32). For their part, Ried came into the game off the back of a gritty 2-2 draw against Rapid, having only lost once in their last five fixtures.

Despite having to go without the injured Mamoudou Karamoko, and an incident in the warm-up seeing Christoph Monschein replaced by Husein Balic up top before the game even started, it was the perfect opening in the Upper-Austrian derby for LASK. The derby feeling was firmly established in just the second minute, when a long ball over the top of Ried’s defence was miscontrolled by Jovicic and he lost out to Balic under pressure. In trying to make up for his mistake, he handled the ball on the line whilst blocking Horvath’s shot, providing LASK with a clear penalty. Jovicic was given his marching orders, and Horvath calmly drilled the spot kick past Samuel Sahin-Radlinger into the left-hand corner to make it 1-0 in the third minute.

Ried looked shaky moving into the next period of the game, coming under real pressure from LASK, and the best chances of the half all came fairly early on. The Linzers took advantage of the extra man, with Peter Michorl freeing up Thomas Goiginger down the left-hand side in the 15th minute. After carrying the ball a fair distance, he cut inside, dummied and released his shot. A great block from the Ried

defence denied it from flying into the bottom-left corner. However, the guests grew in composure as the half went on and reminded LASK that they weren’t out of the game. A rare Ried chance came in the 16th minute, as a corner was headed just wide of the right-hand post after Alexander Schlager had failed to deal with it. There were a few more half chances for LASK in the first 45, but the best opportunities both came in the 39th minute. Horvath opened up the play with a lovely flick down the left flank to Rene Renner. His cross precisely picked out Michorl in the box, whose clever shot was well blocked again. The corner that followed was headed strongly by Philipp Wiesinger from close range, but Ried keeper Sahin-Radlinger stayed big to deny a certain goal. The teams went in at half time with the score at 1-0 to LASK, but Ried boasted the higher percentage of possession.

What could have been a perfect start to the second half for LASK turned into the complete opposite. A cross from Balic down the left flank found Michorl on the edge of the six-yard box, and despite being unmarked, his looping header went just wide of the far post. Minutes later, however, the complexion of the game changed completely, with Michorl receiving a second yellow in the 50th minute for a late challenge on Philipp Pomer. This made it ten against ten, and freed up the game for both sides.

Despite the contest being a lot more open and both sides seeing plenty of the ball, it became fairly quiet with no real chances until the 73rd minute. But the drama of the derby of course continued when Ried’s Ante Bajic beat Renner to go one-on-one against Schlager. The forward decided to cut back inside, where he was then challenged by Wiesinger. After the referee reviewed the on-field monitor, Wiesinger was adjudged to have caught Bajic’s ankle without taking the ball and the second penalty of the game was awarded. Fortunately for LASK, Stefan Nutz drilled it over the crossbar and the score remained 1-0.

Both teams pushed forward towards the end of the game, providing a thriller for both sets of fans (who unfortunately had to watch from home once more). In true derby fashion, yellow cards were flying towards players on each side, and the majority of the chances came in the last five minutes. None, however, could change the result. Keito Nakamura had the ball in the net for LASK in the 87th minute but was rightly ruled offside, and he shot straight at the Ried goalkeeper two minutes later, too. Down the other end, Schlager made a great save against Nikola Stosic to parry away his rocketed strike towards the top-right corner, ensuring that LASK came away from this feisty derby with all three points.

By Matthew Maddock from The Other Bundesliga (@OtherBundesliga)


The line-ups:

LASK: Schlager, Grgic (Hong 82‘), Boller, Wiesinger, Potzmann, Holland, Michorl, Goiginger, Horvath (Gruber 81’), Renner, Balic (Nakamura 64’)

Subs: Letard, Gruber, Hong, Luckeneder, Gebauer, Nakamura

Yellow cards: Holland 9’, Grgic 29’, Michorl’, Horvath 40’, Wiesinger 77’, Potzmann 85’, Goiginger 94’

Red cards: Michorl 50’

Goal: Horvath 4’

SV Ried: Sahin-Radlinger, Bajic, Plavotic, Lackner (Offenbacher 71’), Jovicic, Wießmeier, Satin (Mikic 64’), Ziegl, Stosic, Nutz (Chabbi 82’), Pomer

Subs: Meisl, Reiner, Chabbi, Offenbacher, Mikic, Seiwald, Wendlinger

Yellow cards: Wießmeier 87’, Ziegl 94’

Red cards: Jovicic 3