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Austrian Bundesliga – Update 3rd April 2012

The big game in the Austrian Bundesliga was on Sunday when leaders Salzburg, travelled to 4th placed Austria Vienna.  Salzburg were 3pts clear at the start of the weekend, and hoping to maintain the lead as the season reached a crucial stage.

Vienna took the lead as their Czech striker, Tomas Jun, scored in the 33rd minute.  It looked as if it would be the only goal of the game.  But in the final minute, Salzburg’s Brazilian striker Leonardo, scored a dramatic equaliser.  This is Leonardo’s first season at Salzburg after 10 years in various clubs in Holland.  The 1-1 draw means Salzburg has now dropped 4pts in the past 2 matches, but their unbeaten in 6.  Austria Vienna still have a chance of the title, as wins are proving very valuable in a season full of draws.

Salzburg’s lead is now just 1pt as Rapid Vienna thrashed Admira, 4-0.  Admira didn’t help themselves by scoring two own goals.  It was an important win forRapid after their defeat to Wacker last week.

After last Saturday’s sequence of all drawn results from the 4 matches played, this week saw just 2 draws, but only 2 teams scored.  Rapid were one, and the other was Wacker, who beat Kapfenburg, 2-0.  Kapfenburg are in desperate trouble, 12pts from safety with just 4 wins all season.  Wacker’s two goals have meant they now average a goal a game.  Turgid stuff

Third place Ried, drew 0-0 with Sturm Graz. It is looking increasingly unlikely that Sturm Graz will retain their title.  One of the reasons for their disappointing season is the lack of goals.  Roman Kienast was joint top scorer in the league last season with 19 goals.  He’s managed just 6 this season and has now joined Austria Vienna on loan.

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3rd plays 4th this weekend, as Ried play host to Austria Vienna.  Salzburg are at home to Wacker and Rapid are at home to Wiener Neustadt.

Salzburg  v  Wacker
Ried  v  Austria Vienna
Kapfenburg  v  Admira
Rapid Vienna  v  Wiener Neustadt
Mattersburg  v  Sturm Graz

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