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'Bulls' march on as rivals drop points

By Thomas Hochwarter


Champions Red Bull Salzburg kept their lead in the Austrian Bundesliga as rivals dropped points yesterday (Sun).

While the "Bulls" beat Magna Wiener Neustadt 3-2, Sturm Graz lost 0-1 to Austria Vienna.

Rapid Vienna, now in third, were 1-3 down in Linz against LASK but launched a remarkable comeback to grab a 3-3 draw while Ried added to Austria Krntens woes by beating the bottom of the table strugglers 1-0.

Kapfenberg stay in ninth after being crushed 4-1 by Mattersburg on Saturday.

The first half of yesterdays top match of the round between fourth-placed Austria Vienna and third placed Sturm Graz was an uneventful affair livened only by Jacek Baks game-winning header. The goal in the 18th minute came after a corner from captain Milenko Acimovic.

Sturm Graz who had to do without five potential starting eleven players failed to pose any threat to Robert Almers goal.

The teams were more evenly matched in the second half, but the home side managed to seal three points after losing three matches in a row also thanks to a red card for Sturm defender Martin Ehrenreich in the 64th minute.

Austria Vienna supporters are now looking forward to the next rounds infamous Vienna Derby when their team clash with Rapid Vienna (22 November, 3.30pm live on ORF1 and Sky).

PLAYER RATINGS:
from top performance (1) to disastrous display (5)

AUSTRIA VIENNA
Robert Almer 2
Joachim Standfest 3
Jacek Bak 1
Aleksandar Dragovic 2
Marin Leovac 2
Emin Sulimani 4
(Thomas Krammer)
Matthias Hattenberger 3
Michael Liendl 2
(Petr Vorisek)
Milenko Acimovic 2
Zlatko Junuzovic 1
Mamadou Diabang 4
(Schumacher)

STURM GRAZ
Christian Gratzei 3
Martin Ehrenreich 5
Gordon Schildenfeld 4
Mario Sonnleitner 3
Ilia Kandelaki 4
Andreas Hlzl 4
Sandro Foda 3
(Fabian Lamotte)
Manuel Weber 2
(Daniel Beichler)
Jakob Jantscher 3
Samir Muratovic 4
(Marvin Weinberger)
Klemen Lavric 4

THE BUNDESLIGA TABLE AFTER 15 ROUNDS:

Red Bull Salzburg, 31 points
Austria Vienna, 29
Rapid Vienna, 28
Sturm Graz, 27
SV Ried, 23
Mattersburg, 18
LASK Linz, 16
Magna Wiener Neustadt, 15
Kapfenberg, 14
Austria Krnten, 6

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