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TSV Hartberg fights for a draw against Red Bull Salzburg – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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TSV Hartberg fights for a draw against Red Bull Salzburg

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In the final round of the Bundesliga before the turn of the year, Salzburg barely averted the first defeat of the season in the national championship. A late goal from Patson Daka (85th) saved the series champions a 2: 2 (1: 1) and secured the Bulls, who were redundant from the 16th minute, because of the clearly better goal difference compared to LASK's also the winter crown.

Salzburg is three points ahead of Linz, who only got a storm on Sunday and has a goal difference that is 27 goals worse. Rajko Rep (23) and Dario Tadic (53) had shot Hartberg twice in the lead. Salzburg, who despite the early red card for Majeed Ashimeru did not seem superfluous, got one point through Zlatko Junuzovic (34th) and now 14-time goal scorer Daka. With that, coach Jesse Marsch set a new record: As the first coach, he remained unbeaten in his first 18 Bundesliga matches. So far, he had shared the best with ex-Rapid coach Vladimir Markovic (1985).

The protagonists of recent crime novels with transfer speculation had never traveled to Styria. As announced, striker Erling Haaland was absent due to fine-tuned abdominal muscles, and Takumi Minamino, who was affiliated with Liverpool, was also not in the squad. March also did so without the services of Hwang Hee-chan and Rasmus Kristensen. The lineup brought six changes compared to the 0-2 draw against Liverpool on Tuesday.

The first round was less marked by playful highlights than strange actions. Hartberg's Christian Klem had to be substituted for injury in the 7th minute, less than 10 minutes later, Salzburg midfielder Ashimeru saw Rot for a foul on Rep – a very tough decision by referee Manuel Schüttengruber, who in turn suffered an injury to Markus Hameter Platz ten minutes later had to do.

Judging is still the focus

Rep had already put the guests ahead 1-0 after a poor pass from Albert Vallci. But Salzburg, which had switched from a three to four chain after the exclusion of Ashimerus, countered with Junuzovic a little later. His free kick just off the penalty area would have been a penalty, but the ex-team player sent a direct shot to make it 1-1.

The "real" 911 was there just after the side change due to a fierce attack by Maximilian Wöbers on Florian Ried. Tadic, which was replaced for the beat Rep, used exactly. Salzburg tried to equalize, but lacked good chances. A free kick by Dominik Szoboszlai in the arms of keeper Rene Swete (71st) remained the only thing for a long time.

Because Tadic failed at the beginning of the last quarter of goalie Cican Stankovic (76th), the visitors were run and used their only good opportunity out of the match in goal: Masaya Okugawa volleyed after a high cross on Daka, who saved the point from a short distance . In goal, a tired Hartberg swung a lot, but eventually held up. In the battle for a place in the championship group, Markus Schopp's team increased their lead to seventh to eight points at least until Sunday.

Table of 18th match day

place

layer

sp

S

U

N

T / GT

TD

points

first

Red Bull Salzburg

18

13

5

0

66:18

48

44

Second

LASK Linz

17

13

2

2

34:13

21

41

third

Rapid Vienna

18

9

5

4

38:21

17

32

fourth

WAC

17

9

3

5

40:22

18

30

fifth

TSV Hartberg

18

8

4

6

33:37

-4

28

sixth

SK Sturm Graz

17

8

3

6

30:20

10

27

seventh

Austria Vienna

17

5

5

7

27:30

-3

20

8.

SCR Fest

18

6

1

11

29:38

-9

19

9.

SKN St. Pölten

18

3

6

9

6:44 p.m.

-26

15

10th

FC Admira

18

3

5

10

5:38 p.m.

-21

14

11th

WSG Tirol

17

3

3

11

7:44 p.m.

-25

12

12.

SV Mattersburg

17

3

2

12

8:46 p.m.

-26

11

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