Spoils shared again
USK Maximarkt Anif 1-1 (1-0) FC Pinzgau Saalfelden. Goals: Kadrija (41), Ocampo-Chavez (55)
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden fell behind but then battled their way back to draw 1-1 with USK Anif on Saturday afternoon.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden never really found their rhythm and failed to get some of the basics right in a first half played in sweltering summer temperatures: they showed hesitancy in the challenges, were not dynamic enough on the ball and lacked penetration in attacking areas. Christian Ziege’s charges did look defensively solid in the opening 45 minutes, however – though the ball eventually ended up in the back of their net following a corner on the stroke of half-time, with Valdrin Kadrija rising the highest and heading Anif into the lead.
In the second period, the men from Saalfelden were quicker to get a foothold in the game, looked livelier and won more challenges. And their reward came when new signing Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez latched on to a high ball over the goalkeeper and steered home the leveller. The visitors were now looking to turn the game around completely and had several good shooting opportunities, with captain Tamas Tandari missing the best chance when he hit the woodwork. But Anif did not shy away either and created some good chances themselves. Neither team managed to get the decisive goal in the closing stages, though, and the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw.
“We really struggled throughout the first half and couldn’t play our game. It didn’t make it any easier that we then fell behind. It was the total opposite in the second half. We had a presence about us and put the things that we’d talked about into practice on the pitch. Compliments that we came back again and battled our way into the match. The point is a fair result based on the 90 minutes, even though we logically hoped to come away with more today,” said FCPS boss Christian Ziege.
Schröcker; Mühlbacher, Tandari, Ziege, Adjei; Schwaighofer, Kitahara, Joao Pedro, Fürstaller; Akyildiz (Ocampo-Chavez, 46), Handlechner (Aydinhan, 81)