ÖFB samsung Cup | F I N A L
FC Red Bull Salzburg V Admira Wacker Mödling
DATE: Thursday 19 May 2016
LOCATION: Wörthersee Stadium
KICK-OFF TIME: 20:30
REFEREE: Robert Schörgenhofer
FC Red Bull Salzburg have won the ÖFB Samsung Cup with a 5-0 victory over Admira Wacker Mödling to match their Austrian title success. Our captain Jonatan Soriano scored a hat-trick (7', 65' and 86' – to become top scorer in the 2016 Samsung Cup) with goals also coming from Naby Keita (28') and youngster Konny Laimer (73').
The Red Bulls have thus become the first team in Austria ever to complete a TRIPLE DOUBLE.
The Red Bulls started today's game with an unusually calm and low-tempo approach for their standards. Anyone expecting Soriano and Co to put in a leisurely performance were soon in for a shock, however, as Salzburg raced into the lead in the seventh minute. Naby Keita won control of the ball on the right flank, and picked out Valon Berisha in the penalty area. Admira goalkeeper Jörg Siebenhandl was able to save his effort, but Jonatan Soriano was standing completely free at the far post to head in to make it 1-0.
With Andi Ulmer getting injured, coach Oscar Garcia was forced to make an early substitution. The Red Bulls were therefore denied the services of their two experienced full-backs for the first time, as Christian Schwegler was ruled out before kick-off with a thigh problem.
Admira became more dangerous after 20 minutes, getting two scoring chances in a matter of minutes, both of which fell to Srdjan Spiridonovic. Firstly he drove wide of the right post from just outside the penalty area, before having a go with a free-kick 30 metres out shortly afterwards - forcing Alexander Walke to turn it behind for a corner.
The Red Bulls continued to dominate, however, and made it 2-0 in the 28th minute with Naby Keita. Valon Berisha seized possession in midfield, and sent Valentino Lazaro away down the right flank. His cross was blocked initially by a defender, but Naby Keita had no problem converting on the rebound.
At the end of the first-half, our opponents concentrated on keeping the Red Bulls away from their penalty area. For a while that approach seemed to work, despite Salzburg giving their all to seal things in the first-half. They almost made it 3-0 when Naby Keita took the ball off Markus Lackner in the 42nd minute and turned it straight onto Jonatan Soriano. Our captain was deemed to be offside by the referee, however, and the two teams broke for half-time with the champions and defending cup holders 2-0 up.
Admira had a little more of the game to begin with after the break, causing some trouble for the Red Bulls. Salzburg remained calm and controlled as they played their usual game and almost made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute. Valentino Lazaro played a magnificent pass behind the defence for Jonatan Soriano to run onto and go one-on-one with Siebenhandl. Our captain tried to chip the shotstopper, but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
El Capitan made no mistake soon afterwards, however. Soriano had his shot blocked at first from another break, but converted clinically at the second time of asking to make for a deserved 3-0 lead.
Konny Laimer clearly wanted to show that his brace in the semi-final was no fluke, and he smashed the ball in from a corner in the 73rd minute to make it 4-0.
The icing on the cake then came from the penalty spot in the 86th minute. Jonatan Soriano was fouled in the penalty area and stepped up himself to score - only for the referee to order it to be retaken due to encroachment from Valon Berisha. The unamused captain placed the ball on the spot once again and duly dispatched it in.
FC Red Bull Salzburg therefore became the first team in Austrian football history to win a triple double. It is a fantastic achievement for our club, who took the cup win tonight with an unbelievable performance.
After the trophy is handed over, our team are to travel back to Salzburg with the Red Bulls fans on the special fan train.
We were expecting a difficult match, and that's what we got. We wanted to score an early goal and then, ideally, add another soon. We have made history today. For me, Admira are very good opponents, with a team that will play in Europe next year.
We had a very difficult start to the season. That makes our team all the more delighted to be able to crown the league title with a cup win.
other things to note
- Not available for action were Christoph Leitgeb, Reinhold Yabo, Smail Prevljak (all knee) and Asger Sörensen (foot operation).
- Christian Schwegler was out with a thigh injury, and Xaver Schlager was called up to replace him in the matchday squad.
- With a total of seven goals, Jonatan Soriano is top scorer in the ÖFB Samsung Cup.
- The Red Bulls are now unbeaten in 18 Cup games in a row.
- For the first time a team has won a Samsung Cup final by five goals or more while keeping a clean sheet.
- Jonatan Soriano is cup top scorer for the second year in succession. Our captain has scored 28 goals in 21 cup games.
- Andi Ulmer can gain some comfort after his injury blow tonight with his 10th honour for the Red Bulls. He is FC Red Bull Salzburg's most successful player.
line-ups & substitutions
FC Red Bull Salzburg: Walke – Lainer, Miranda, Caleta-Car, Ulmer (17' Schmitz) – Laimer, Bernardo, Keita (69' Minamino) – Lazaro, Soriano (87' Reyna), Berisha
FC Admira Wacker Mödling: Siebenhandl – Zwierschitz, Lackner, Knasmüller – Toth, Grozurek, Monschein, Starkl, Wostry, Wessely, Spiridonovic (68' Malicsek)
Toth (60' foul), Starkl (72' foul)