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SV Austria Salzburg vs FCPS Match Report


Salzburg Regional League Matchday 11: SV Austria Salzburg 2-1 FC Pinzgau Saalfelden

Salzburg, September 26 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden were beaten 2-1 by SV Austria Salzburg in a hotly contested and hard-fought encounter at the Max Aicher Stadion on Matchday 11 of the Salzburg Regional League season. The Mountainous Pine Blues took the lead through Tamas Tandari, only for the hosts to turn the game on its head with goals from Marco Hödl and Melvis Memic.

The Scenario

Both teams had their last fixture cancelled after their respective opponents – SV Wals-Grünau and SV Grödig – reported cases of coronavirus in their squads. FCPS had won their last two home games but lost their last two away matches, while SVAS had drawn away to SV Wals-Grünau and lost at home to SV Seekirchen in their previous two fixtures.

The Action

FCPS boss Christian Ziege was without four injured players – Simon Ollert, Michael Viehhauser, Denis Kahrimanovic and Raphael Streitwieser – for this match, although Harry Cooksley was fit enough to start on the bench after missing the clash with TSV McDonald’s St. Johann last time out. The 48-year-old German stuck with the same team and 3-5-2 system that started that 2-0 victory. SVAS boss Christian Schaider opted for a 4-4-2 formation with top scorer Marco Hödl, who had scored both goals in the reverse fixture, leading the line.

Austria Salzburg started this match with an extremely aggressive approach, with Matthias Theiner and Manuel Krainz picking up yellow cards for very late challenges in the 15th and 18th minutes respectively. There had been several half-chances at both ends prior to those initial bookings, but it was not until the 24th minute of the match that the deadlock was broken. Lukas Schubert did brilliantly to rob Luka-Nils Sandmayr deep in his own half and picked out Tandari, who had two team-mates in support but instead decided to go for goal and curled the ball beautifully past the diving Christian Schlosser between the sticks for the home side.

The lead did not last long, however. Referee Samuel Sampl elected to award the home side a penalty five minutes later when Krainz played a perfectly weighted through ball into the path of Sorda and he was felled in the box by Henrik Regitnig. Hödl stepped up to take the spot-kick and fired it into the top corner. The Violets had a great opportunity to score another 10 minutes later from a two-on-one situation, but Alessandro Ziege made a brilliant interception to cut out Hödl’s pass towards Lucas Purkrabek and keep it at 1-1 until the break.

Fired on by the vociferous home crowd, Austria Salzburg made the brighter start to the second period. But it was not until midway through the half that they began to create some gilt-edged opportunities. Hödl ran onto a chipped through-ball from Krainz in the 69th minute but could not manage to find the net with Regitnig charging off his line to narrow the angle, then Sorda hit the roof of the net with an audacious lob two minutes later.

But just when it looked like the hosts may come to rue their missed chances, substitute Melvis Memic picked out the bottom corner of the FCPS goal with a low drive from outside the box on the 73-minute mark. Having taken the lead, Austria Salzburg were content to sit back and hand over the initiative to their visitors, but – aside from an attempt from Tandari in stoppage time that struck the side netting – the Mountainous Pine Blues had few clear sights of goal and the final whistle sounded with the score 2-1 to the home side.

Christian Ziege’s charges are next in action on Tuesday evening when they play their postponed Matchday 10 fixture against SV Wals-Grünau. Kick-off at the Saalfelden Arena is at 19:00 CET.

Starting Line-Ups

SV Austria Salzburg: Schlosser, Theiner, Purkrabek, Hödl, Sorda, Krainz, Sandmayr, Lazarevic, Wiedl, Gruber, Oberst

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Regitnig, Raischl, Seiler, Jatta, Kirschner, Fürstaller, Ziege, Tandari, Schwaighofer, Gvozdjar, Schubert