TSV Hartberg snatched a tie from Wolfsberger AC at the end of a turbulent year-end Bundesliga match. Lavantaler were 2-0 up early on Saturday in eastern Styria, but after a goal from Mario Sonneleitner in stoppage time, the home team managed to draw 2-2. WAC risks giving up second place to Storm Grass on Sunday. Hartberg is seventh at present.
Ty Paribou (16) and Dario Wezinger (20) gave Wolfsberg an early lead, and it looked like an eighth win in the last nine rounds had been secured for Robin Dott’s side. Donis Avdegag (35) brought Hartberg back into the game before the end of the first half. After WAC missed an initial decision in the second half, Sonnleitner was there after heading a corner kick.
Against the “ghost background” in Hartburg, both teams arrived without any major personal surprises. The stadium is in good condition after the day before they were busy shoveling snow. The hosts got off to a better start, but Dario Tadic, after Avdegag’s initial training, moved centrally to Wydad goalkeeper Aleksandar Kovler (10). Instead of 1-0 for Hartberg, after ten minutes the score was 2-0 in favor of Wydad.
The guests acted in a confident and well trained team style. Eliel Peretz failed to turn into Rene Sweety, before a quick-play mix through Michael Lendl, Wesinger and Peretz set the stage for Baribou (the eighth goal of the season). The Hartbergers were just additions to the scene. Four minutes later, Peretz was faster in trying to clear Styria, finding Israeli Wesinger, who passed the ball past Sweety. The goalkeeper did his best, but only caught the ball behind the goal line. Paribou was going to use the extract anyway.
At Hartberg, he prepared the home team’s strongest shirt against defeat. Avdijaj, who is pervasive in the center of the attacking midfield, has invested a lot. The German, who was once considered extremely talented, initially failed because of Kofler (23rd place), then missed the case (33rd). In the 35th minute, the 25-year-old finally rewarded himself. Avdijaj withdrew from a distance of more than 20 meters worth watching, and Kofler had no chance. WAC tried to find an answer, but Hartberg is back in the game.
Kurt Ross’ team wanted to add more after changing sides. Once again it was Kovler who could not have been defeated by a double chance by Noel Neiman (53rd place). Wydad withstood the first attack. An hour later, Dutt took his Israeli duo Peretz and Baribo from the field. Shortly thereafter, Liendl had the potential initial decision on his feet, but failed because Swete, who was as strong as his counterpart. Thanks to early pressure, the Wolfsbergers were able to hold back Hartberg’s move forward. Substitute Rocher and Lendl missed two more chances to make it 3-1. So Hartberg still had one chance in injury time: Tadic kicked a corner kick, and Sonleitner managed to raise his head.
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