03. 12. 09. - 14:00
Rapid stay on top
By Thomas Hochwarter
Rapid Vienna remain top of the Bundesliga after yesterday’s (Sun) goalless draw against defending champions Red Bull Salzburg.
In an uneventful match which failed to match high expectations, second-placed Red Bull were left angry after referee Thomas Schörgenhofer ruled a goal by Slovak midfielder Dusan Svento offside in the 87th minute.
On Saturday, third-placed Austria Vienna prolonged their series of being unbeaten at home for more than a year. Karl Daxbacher’s team defeated bottom of the table Austria Kärnten 1-0 thanks to a goal by midfielder Emin Sulimani.
Austria Vienna’s unbeaten streak at home now stretches to 23 matches. The club last lost at home on 2 November 2008.
Slovene Joze Prelogar was in the hot seat at Austria Kärnten for the first time on Saturday after taking over from Frenkie Schinkels who resigned after just one victory in 16 matches.
Sturm Graz – joint favourites to win the Bundesliga title this season – dropped points away against LASK Linz (2-2), while ninth-placed Kapfenberg beat Magna Wiener Neustadt 3-1.
The match between Ried and Mattersburg on Friday ended goalless.
Before the Bundesliga continues next weekend, four Austrian clubs – Red Bull Salzburg, Rapid Vienna, Austria Vienna and Sturm Graz – are in action midweek in the Europa League.
THE BUNDESLIGA TABLE AFTER 17 ROUNDS:
Rapid Vienna, 35 points
Red Bull Salzburg, 35
Austria Vienna, 32
Sturm Graz, 28
SV Ried, 27
Magna Wiener Neustadt, 18
LASK Linz, 17
Austria Kärnten, 6