18.33, 17 January 2021
Austria’s Bundesliga wakes up prematurely from hibernation on Sunday after only a 27-day break. With the supplementary game between the WAC and Sturm Graz, the Starting shot for the spring seasonwhose diaries are full due to the corona pandemic and the EM starting in June. The Carinthians are particularly likely to face high levels of stress – as they move into the Europa League sixteenth finals, they have eleven competitive games on their program until the end of February.
Here it goes to the live ticker.
The WAC came into play well and got through Dario Vizinger the first chance. An attempt went off on the other side Kevin Friesenbichler just past the gate. In the 28th minute, Vizinger ran alone on goalie Jörg Siebenhandl to, Amadou Dante was the last man to know what to do with a foul. referee Markus Hameter showed red and on the penalty spot. Siebenhandl could make the weak attempt of the otherwise so safe Michael Liendl parry. Shortly afterwards, Siebenhandl was against with a brilliant parade Dejan Joveljic on the spot again. With a 0-0 it went into the break.
In the second half, Sturm did not hide even with one man less. The people of Graz were on a par and had good opportunities. Overall, the WAC still has more of the game. In the 75th minute, Siebenhandl showed again with a save against Vizinger that he is currently perhaps the best goalie in the league.
WAC coaches care that his ex-club is only one win away from the place in the sun Ferdinand Feldhofer just a little before the game. “My only concern is that we find our way back in today as we left off”says Feldhofer. There is little hope that the winter break might have thwarted the storm. “The time was simply too short for that,” says the Styrian, whose team should also apply the same. The focus of the players in the training camp and in the final training does not give any reason for this. Until Eliel Peretz the whole squad is fit. Feldhofer did not want to look at his cards, which is the time for the only new addition so far Thorsten Röcher against the former employer concerns. “You can’t estimate that yet.”
The championship lead is for Sturm-Coach Christian Ilzer At the moment, however, only secondary. “It’s similar to having an intermediate best time at the Steilhang exit on the Streif. You know that the first section was good, but you don’t know what will come out in the end.” Therefore, the focus is exclusively on the duel with the WAC.