Admira put in a gristly battling performance while we played as much football as we could, but without enough fortune to take the points. while we took our second disappointing draw in a row in the austrian bundesliga, our attitude couldn't be faulted.
With an icy breeze whipping through the stadium, it never promised to be an easy afternoon. Especially after Hee Chan Hwang took the ball around Admira goalie Leitner in the second minute, and instead of turning the ball into the empty net, Bauer pulled off some defensive heroics for the hosts in making a sensational clearance. It seemed only a matter of time though as we continued to attack. Kristensen and Ulmer were playing extremely high up the pitch, with Szoboszlai and Junuzovic gathering balls in deep positions and testing Admira's defensive abilities.
It got more complicated though as an Admira free-kick was crossed to the far post for Sinan Bakis. Cican Stankovic made a save, but only after the ball had already crossed the line from the point of view of the officials. Admira were suddenly in the lead (16'), and we had a hard bit of work ahead of us. Junuzovic dipped a free-kick over the wall, and Leitner was already beaten in the hosts' goal, but Pusch was able to head the ball away before it crossed the line. We continued to press, but we were unable to break through the Admira defence often enough. Admira, egged on by a lively Klaus Schmidt on the sidelines, were always able to get a leg in the way. Jesse Marsch reacted even before half-time by bringing Marin Pongracic on for Jerome Onguene.
The first half continued to be as bumpy as the pitch, with little wanting to go our way against the hosts who were scenting blood.
We made another change at the break, with Erling Haaland coming on for Enock Mwepu. Our system was changed to a 4-3-3. The game continued where the first half finished off - with lots of lofted balls and challenges but a lack of tempo. It remained that way for a good 25 minutes on a tense afternoon at the BSFZ Arena.
Masaya Okugawa was brought on to try to inject some creativity, as the Red Bulls made their last change already in the 67th minute. The creative spark did come - eventually. In the 77th minute, Taki Minamino kept his cool to chip the ball over to Hee Chan Hwang, who converted tidily from short range to make it 1-1 (77'). That rekindled our attacking fire. Erling Haaland had an opportunity a minute later to seal a comeback, but was denied by Leitner.
Admira were happy to try to run down the clock with eleven men in their own penalty area at times. The game didn't finish without some fireworks, however. In the 94th minute, the ball whizzed straight through the Admira area and somehow found its way into the net, only for the referee to rule it out having supposedly seen a foul from Haaland in the build-up.
It therefore remained 1-1 - a result that we had to take through gritted teeth. It was just one of those days when things didn't want to come together for us.
We aren't pleased. We fell behind too early and spent too long trying to recover. We ended up with a draw. We probably didn't do enough or deserve any more.
Pongracic for Onguene (40'), Haaland for Mwepu (46'), Okugawa for Szoboszlai (67')
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Bernede (shin), Farkas (health problems), Koita (stomach muscle injury)