We sealed the deal! The Austrian title will remain where it belongs! An incredibly dominant performance against our nearest rivals, Rapid Vienna, confirmed us as champions. Now it's time to celebrate!
The Viennese made an attacking start and we got stuck into them - highly motivated, if a little nervous. You could see just how much was at stake here with the chance to seal the Austrian title at home against the record title winners from the capital. Rapid lined up in an untypical 3-4-3 system and left out Ercan Kara in order to gain more of a physical presence. Did Kühbauer's plan appeared to pay off at first. The opening stages were even, without any notable highlights. Despite the intent of the visitors, the accuracy in their passing was lacking a little. They probed us, had a shot or two and several corners, but never really threatened too much.
After 33 minutes, our first shot on goal brought us into the lead. Mergim Berisha poked the ball through to Patson Daka, and it deflected off an opponent's calf and right over the goalkeeper. The Austrian top scorer elect span around to celebrate (33'). The play remained intense but no further chances came before half-time.
After the break, we found the spaces and opportunities easier to come be. The first opening fell to Rapid. They had an overlap with three attackers to our two defenders, but couldn't make it count. Right down the other end, Toni Bernede then twisted around two Rapid players in superb style before his curling effort was saved in acrobatic fashion by Strebinger. It wasn't going to get any easier for the goalkeeper. Zlatko Junuzovic fired a shot into the post, and moments later Patson Daka drilled the ball clinically inside the far post (56').
Rapid had the wind taken out of their sails as we carved out chance after chance. It would be impossible to describe them all, but the intensity of the encounter had clearly gotten the better of the visitors. We were able to ease off the pedal a little and play the ball around. Cican Stankovic was called upon to keep out a header from Hofmann and managed it in stunning style.
A rough aerial challenge from Max Hofmann on Rasmus Kristensen earned him a second yellow card in the final stages. Patson Daka then almost completed his hat-trick before the referee blew the final whistle to get our title celebrations started!
Adeyemi for Berisha (66'), Bernardo for Bernede (77'), Seiwald for Mwepu (77'), Okafor for Aaronson (90'), Farkas for Kristensen (90')
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