After a "creative break" last year, Salzburg re-scored in 2019 and, on Wednesday, for the fifth time in the last six years, won the ÖFB Football Cup. Despite an ambitious Rapid performance, the Bulls destroyed the Viennese dream with a 2-0 win at Klagenfurt in the final since their first title since 2008 and their first win since 1995.
Patrick Farkas, substitute for Salzburg, experienced a small moment of glory. Almost exactly a year after his cruciate ligament ruptured in the championship game against Rapid (May 13), the 26-year-old brought coach Marco Rose's team 37 minutes ahead. Since his serious injury, Farkas has not played any games, except for a brief period. As substitute goalkeeper Andreas Ulmer, he now had a return to dreams – which, however, with red-yellow due to prematurely finished criticism (84), led. The second goal was for the future legionary of FC Sevilla Munas Dabbur (39 & # 39;), who scored his 70th goal of the competition in one of the last provisional games for Salzburg.
Salzburg can double on Sunday in the Bundesliga with a win away in Vienna, Austria – would be the sixth in the club's history. Rapid, on the other hand, has to bury his biggest title hopes in a miserable season and now has his chance to play in a European team during the league play-off.
Salzburg and Rapid made five changes after their recent defeats at WAC and Hartberg respectively. The best start in front of 24,200 spectators at Wörthersee Stadium surprised the more aggressive Viennese. Thomas Murg (2nd, just after the far corner) and captain Stefan Schwab (6th, header close to the goal) gave the first warning shots. Salzburg, who donated their usual pressure with extreme restraint, was only after a few minutes better at stake. Farkas kicked off the outside net for the first time in Rapid goalkeeper Richard Strebinger (11).
After a good 20 minutes, the game flattened before Xaver Schlager failed with a good effort from the large area to Strebinger (29). Rapid responded with a blocked kick from Philipp Schobesberger (32) and was, however, a few minutes later – quite surprisingly – behind schedule. Dabbur served Farkas, who gave Strebinger the "cucumber" on the left.
The Bulls took advantage of the moment and did not follow the example two minutes later, through Dabbur. The Israeli, who was left alone, put a sentimental cross of Zlatko Junuzovic on the net. Shortly thereafter, Fredrik Gulbrandsen almost won the preliminary round with a lob over Strebinger, but the ball got very thin (41 & # 39;).
Thus the chance of Rapid lived Salzburg after the 2-0 in the championship game in late February for the second time in the current season to force the knees. Although Dietmar Kühbauer's team has to face dangerous situations like a dizzying Dabburs (54th, defended Strebinger), he has also launched offensive actions over and over again – especially in a push phase after the hour mark. Mert Müldür put a Köpfler on the beam (60), Mario Sonnleitner's alleged first strike did not count because of an alleged lack of substitute Christoph Knasmüllner (74). Technician Dietmar Kühbauer was turned aside excited.
Ultimately, however, Rapid has rarely been able to provide real danger. Salzburg, meanwhile, had a great chance in 3 to 0 thanks to "Joker" Patson Daka. The 20-year-old pushed the ball solo before Strebinger but only after the far corner (79). Farkas, who had already seen yellow in the first half, offered the most excitement in the last time: refusing to calm down after a poor header from Maximilian Hofmann in Daka, referee Manuel Schüttengruber scored the yellow-red.
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