Wacker Innsbruck and Austria Klagenfurt had little chance of a direct promotion to the German Bundesliga in the second football league. The Tyroleans extended their winning streak with a 2-1 victory over SV Lafnitz to seven matches and moved by three points to third. Klagenfurt are fourth after a 3-2 draw with FC Liefering. Young Bulls are still on points, ahead of table leader Blau Weiß Linz.
Upper Austria missed the jump to the top with a 0: 1 defeat in OÖ’s duel with Juniors OÖ. Liveringer has a better goal difference with one stroke. However, the top two teams are not eligible for promotion. Wacker has gone up to five points to the duo, if you want to avoid relegation to the bottom of the Bundesliga, you have to reach the top two in the last two rounds. Klagenfurt trail by 6 points, and thus have a small chance of an immediate promotion.
Media reports about disputes between the investor and the club management have caused an uproar in Tirol recently. “It doesn’t impress us at all,” Walker coach Daniel Perovka said in an interview with ORF before the match. “We are only focusing on what we can influence mathematically. The other thing the board of directors has to solve with the investor.” His shot provided themselves from the best side in the first half, but a lack of competence prevented a clear advance.
Only Ronevaldo (30) scored a header for the twelfth time this season. The Brazilian also failed once on the curb (11) and once on the bar (19). In the 43rd minute, Lucas Fredericas missed a penalty and found his hero in goalkeeper Andreas Zingel. Innsbruck failed a point for the fifth time this season.
After the reboot, Lavnitzer weakened herself, and Milos Jovi (63.) rightly saw the traffic light card. When Atsushi Zen (73) also increased to 0: 2, everything seemed clear. But it turned out differently. Mario Crovel (76) created tension once again with a converted penalty kick. The Tyroleans achieved the lead over time, winning nine of the last ten matches. Pirovka has been “incredibly proud” of his team, especially due to the passive background noise in the past few days.
The Carinthians learned of Walker’s victory when the pressure whistle went off, the pressure had to win, and inspired Coach Peter Bakult’s team rather than discouraging them. Marcus Pink (10th) started winning at Grodig early, and Patrick Grill supposedly clarified everything before the break with a double pack (24, 43). In between, David Gendo from Liefering saw the traffic light card due to Fospil (41). After the start of the second half, the superior hosts presented themselves at their best and came close to winning a point thanks to the goal of Benjamin Cisco (66) and his own goal by Maximiliano Moreira (76).
The first defeat since February 28 (0: 1 in Rapid II) changed nothing for Lieferinger, who was still coaching Salzburg’s incoming coach Matthias Jaissle, and ended a streak of 11 matches unbeaten. Klagenfurt, on the other hand, celebrated their third successive victory. The next opponent is Horne on Sunday, while the Tyroleans visit Vorwartz Steyr.
In Basheng, an exciting game developed as 20-year-old Japanese “Joker” Keito Nakamura advanced to the junior match winner in the 83rd minute after Hong’s perfect match. After the 0-0 home win against Lavnitz, Blue and White play two games without a win and without goals.
The GAK clinched sixth place on the table with a 2-0 win over Austria Lustenau thanks to goals from Martin Harrier (5) and Lucas Gabichler (89). FAC is new 9th place after winning 2-0 in Amstetten. SV Horn gave “Red Lantern” to Rapid II at least until Thursday thanks to a 2-1 home draw against Kappfenberger SV.