FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 2-5 (0-2) SV Grödig. Goals: Moosmann (49), Tandari (90); Surr (7), Finder (9, 60), Savic (50), Sfait (85). Red card: A. Ziege (violent conduct, 82)
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden played well below their usual standard in their home game against SV Grödig and suffered a clear 5-2 defeat.
Things might have gone like clockwork for FC Pinzgau on home turf in recent weeks, but the spectators witnessed the polar opposite against SV Grödig on Saturday afternoon. The home side really struggled and could not settle into their rhythm at all. The visitors from Flachgau were better and mercilessly exploited a positional error in the opening stages to take a 1-0 lead through Ousainou Surr. The nightmare start continued moments later as Matthias Finder doubled the advantage to 2-0 thanks to a well-placed header. After a great save from Kilian Schröcker, Christian Ziege’s charges – who were guilty of numerous mistakes and made their own lives difficult due to a number of misplaced passes – created their only notable half-chance of the first period on the half-hour mark, but Tamas Tandari could not take advantage. Schröcker then saved his team with two great saves in the closing stages.
It was action-packed from the start of the second 45 minutes. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden issued a first statement of their intent with an effort from Godswill Vadze. Several moments later, Lukas Moosmann reduced the arrears to 2-1 with a powerful header. But the joy was to be short-lived, as Grödig immediately pounced on a moment of hesitation from Schröcker as he came off his line and upped their lead to 3-1 through Milos Savic. Things got even worse in the 60th minute as Finder ruthlessly took advantage of another mistake to make it 4-1. The hosts subsequently tried hard but made few in-roads and then lost Alessandro Ziege to a red card in the closing stages. After late goals at each end from Andres Sfait (85) and Tamas Tandari (90), who both got themselves on the scoresheet, the final whistle sounded with Christian Ziege and his team ultimately succumbing to a painful 5-2 defeat.
“I’m speechless – I’ve never seen anything like that. We were shown up in every respect over the 90 minutes. Grödig were better in all areas, won the challenges, were superior to us in footballing terms and had everything under control. A highly deserved defeat,” commented Christian Ziege.
Schröcker; Benedek, Nupaya, Ziege, Adjei; Moosmann; Schwaighofer, Streitwieser, Vadze; Gvozdjar (Mühlbacher, 68), Tandari