Austrian Bundesliga Update – 27th March 2012
As if to illustrate how tight this league is this year, SV Mattersburg (2nd from bottom) beat Austria Vienna (3rd from top), 2-0. Back at the beginning of the month, Mattersburg had shocked the league leaders by winning 1-0 in Salzburg.
The defeat for Austria Vienna, allowed both of the clubs above them to open up a gap at the top. Salzburg beat Wiener Neustadt, 2-1 and Rapid Vienna beat Kapfenburg, 3-0. With 4th place, Ried beating Admira Wacker, 2-1, Austria Vienna had slipped to 4th themselves.
But then, just in case they got too far ahead of the rest of the league, the top three all dropped points this weekend.
Salzburg found themselves trailing, 1-2 to Admira, after scoring first, before their Swedish midfielder, Rasmus Lindgren equalised in the final 10 minutes. It was his first goal of the season and grabbed an important point, as the game ended 2-2. On Sunday, Rapid Vienna failed to take advantage as they found themselves 0-2 down inside the first 10 minutes. They ended up losing 1-2 to Wacker Innsbruck. Wacker were the only winners this weekend, as once again most of the teams couldn’t be separated.
Salzburg still lead with a 3pt advantage over Rapid. Ried and Austria Vienna are separated by goal difference. In the race for Europa League qualification (2nd and 3rd place), Admira, Sturm Graz and Wacker are certainly not out of it.
The big game this weekend sees the leaders, Salzburg travel to Austria Vienna. The top three are all away from home as Rapid go to Admira, and Ried visit Sturm Graz.