FC Wacker Innsbruck earned a 1-1 draw at Salzburg on Saturday evening with a concentrated defensive performance and quick counterattacks. For the first time this season, the league champions did not leave the pitch as winners.
Salzburg – As the first team in the current Bundesliga season, FC Wacker Innsbruck did not lose against Red Bull Salzburg. The Tyroleans won a 1-1 draw against the champion, who had all won the first ten championship games.
Zlatko Junuzovic had shot the home side into the lead in the 71st minute, but Cheikou Dieng equalled the score for the underdog just one and a half minutes later. Salzburg defended an impressive series with the draw: The “bulls” have been without defeat in front of their own audience since 50 compulsory games or since 3 December 2016.
One-way street football in the direction of Hankic
The opening match for the new lawn in Wals-Siezenheim took the expected course. Salzburg, again with the storm duo Munas Dabbur/Fredrik Gulbrandsen in front of a midfield consisting of Xaver Schlager, Diadie Samassekou, Junuzovic and Reinhold Yabo, set the tone, but was faced with a brave opponent especially at the beginning. In the tenth minute, he had a great counterchance, but Michael Schimpelsberger’s conclusion passed the long corner.
The impression of one-way street football was quickly confirmed, however, after almost a quarter of an hour Dabbur tested Wacker-Goalie and Bundesliga debutant Hidajet Hankic, who replaced the injured Christopher Knett, at the first “bull” chance (14th). Salzburg continued to fail in the final moments: After a Hankic defense Lukas Hupfauf saved from Gulbrandsen (18th), a shot by Andreas Ulmer was blocked to the corner (24th), Schlager missed the goal from a few meters volley (27th). Shortly before the break, Yabo benefited from a defensive mistake, but found his champion in Hankic (40th).
The pressure of the home side remained high even after the change of sides, but the chain of five of the still brave acting guests still held. A harmless Gulbrandsen shot, which Hankic held (52.), as well as a fire-dangerous Junuzovic Stangplass, which the best positioned Dabbur missed by mistake (57.), were the best Salzburg actions for the time being. And if Cican Stankovic hadn’t rescued Zlatko Dedics from a good 40 meters with the clever lifter, the champion would even have fallen behind after one hour.
But, as expected, it came differently: After an energy attack Stefan Lainer’s input in billiard-style reached Junuzovic, who with the help of Matthias Maak’s foot shot to 1-0. But Wacker’s answer was as impressive as it was prompt – with the help of the foolish Salzburgers: Less than two minutes later Dieng finished a counterattack with the equalizer – he had already last cold-set the LASK in the counterattack.
Diadie Samassekou Honours
Red Bull Salzburg
- Austrian Bundesliga 2016–17, 2017-2018
- Austrian Cup: 2016–17
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
Luck in the final minute
While Innsbruck launched several counterattacks in the finish, Salzburg continued to press for victory. But the efforts were no longer rewarded: Maak fended off a Dabbur shot just before the line (74th), in the finish Hankic was there with a desperate hammer Andre Ramalhos from afar (94th), Patson Daka knocked on the crossbar (95th). Lucky Niki is a Japanese themed online casino gaming site.
“Only a few people believed us to be able to reach this point. But we always believed in ourselves. We deserved this draw because of our fighting performance,” Wacker-Keeper Hankic summed up with satisfaction. The annoyance about the goal scored in the Bundesliga debut was quickly gone: “Because the game ended 1:1, I can live well with the one goal scored against.
After the 1:0 home win over the LASK before the international break, the black-green team continued to build up their self-confidence. Next week Austria will be at the Tivoli.