BSK 1933 1-1 (0-1) FC Pinzgau Saalfelden. Goals: Halenko (69); Tandari (33)
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden brought a run of two consecutive defeats to an end by drawing on the road away to BSK 1933 on Thursday evening.
It became an intense match from the outset as play briskly switched from one end to another. With the turf in Bischofshofen allowing little in the way of link-up play on the ground, both teams played a lot of long balls. The Ziege Crew tried to defend compactly and create danger through targeted attacks, although they initially only created half chances. The first big opportunity fell to the hosts: Kilian Schröcker managed to hold on to a free-kick that bounced right in front of him, before Yaroslav Halenko fired high into the night sky from close range on the follow-up. Around the half-hour mark, Godswill Vadze was teed up perfectly and sent tumbling to the ground in the penalty area. Tamas Tandari stepped up and converted the resultant spot-kick to open the scoring at 1-0. Shortly before the end of the first half, BSK 1933 had another good chance but Schröcker kept his team in front with a strong save.
The game remained entertaining after the restart and the tempo continued to be high too. Bischofshofen narrowly had the better of it but initially posed little threat in the attacking third. The Pinzgauers had the first chance, though Arnold Benedek could not quite pick out the back of the net from range. The home side practically went straight down the other end and created their first good opportunity, only for Schröcker to make an incredible reflex save. But in the 69th minute, he was powerless to stop Halenko, who exploited a positional error, cleverly came out on top and levelled the score at 1-1. Bischofshofen threw everything forward in the closing stages, but it ultimately ended in a deserved draw.
“We’re very satisfied with our performance today. We got back to doing the important things against Bischofshofen, worked well off the ball and won many challenges. The return of Denis (Kahrimanovic) and Ale (Ziege) gave our game a lot of stability in defence. In the end, we ran out of steam a little bit, but we had few options on the bench. Now we need to regenerate quickly, as we want to build on today’s performance on Monday,” said Christian Ziege.
Schröcker; Mühlbacher, Kahrimanovic, Ziege, Adjei, Vadze, Benedek, Streitwieser, Fürstaller; Gvozdjar (Nupaya, 86), Tandari