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Spectacular draw in last home game

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The 18,500 spectators at the packed Raiffeisen Arena experienced a rollercoaster of emotions during the last home game of the season for LASK. Following an emotional farewell before the match, the 90 minutes that followed provided plenty of excitement as well. After a 2-2 draw against SK Sturm, the Linz team definitively finishes the season in third place.

For the first time, the athletes took to the field in the new black and white Adidas home jerseys. With just one change, the same eleven players started as last week's 2-0 victory in Klagenfurt. Only Maksym Talovierov replaced the suspended Sascha Horvath in the lineup. After a balanced but chance-scarce opening phase, the Linz team took the lead with their first real opportunity. Moses Usor broke through on the right side and then set up Adil Taoui, who, in a one-on-one situation, left his opponent stranded and then served Florian Flecker. He once again demonstrated his recently apparent scoring prowess and celebrated wildly in the Raiffeisen Arena with his fifth goal of the season to make it 1-0 (20').

In the first half-hour, the athletes managed to keep the league leaders largely away from their own goal and repeatedly found good solutions in possession. Especially in the build-up play, they acted very courageously, which, although often rewarded, was not in one situation when the Graz team regained the ball in LASK's box and equalized through Otari Kiteishvili (30'). Four minutes later, Philipp Ziereis missed a header opportunity after a corner kick that could have put them ahead again.

Ljubicic scored twelfth goal

The second half began with a cold shower for LASK. After a tough battle in midfield, the Graz team once again managed to win the ball, with Kiteishvili capitalizing on it again to increase the lead to 2-1 for the Styrians. However, the Upper Austrians were not deterred and pushed for another equalizer. The best opportunities fell to Filip Stojkovic, who had a shot after a free-kick (58'), and Philipp Ziereis, whose header was defused by goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros (72').

Five minutes later, the black and white wall finally erupted: Marin Ljubicic was fouled in the penalty area, and he converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-2! It was already the twelfth goal of the season for the forward. In the closing stages, despite two big chances for both sides, emotions ran high again as substitute Felix Luckeneder got his final minutes at home. In the end, it ended 2-2, confirming LASK's season finish in third place and postponing the title race decision.

Emotional farewell from quartet

Before the game, it was time to bid farewell to four LASK players who have partly shaped an era and contributed significantly to the recent success story of the athletes. The entire team formed a guard of honor for Sanoussy Ba, Felix Luckeneder, Peter Michorl, and Philipp Wiesinger before sports director Radovan Vujanovic presented the quartet with a commemorative picture as a gift. The four professionals were then given a fitting farewell by the black and white wall for one last time. We say thank you for countless goosebump moments and memorable performances in the black and white jersey that will be remembered forever!

LASK – SK Sturm Graz 2:2 (1:1)
Raiffeisen Arena, 18.500, SR Weinberger
Goals: 1:0 Flecker (20.), 1:1 Kiteishvili (30.), 1:2 Kiteishvili (48.), 2:2 Ljubicic (77./E.)
Yellow Cards: Prass (44.), Kiteishvili (57.), Lavalee (75.)

Line-up LASK: Lawal – Stojkovic, Ziereis (K), Andrade, Bello – Talovierov (82. Luckeneder), Berisha – Usor, Taoui (82. Zulj), Flecker – Ljubicic

It was a very emotional game, in which we displayed a strong performance against a very tough opponent for large parts of the game. I was particularly pleased with the team's reaction after falling behind. We are satisfied that we were able to bid farewell to our fans in a positive manner.

Thomas Darazs, Head Coach