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Point salvaged with late comeback in big match

Point salvaged with late comeback in big match
Point salvaged with late comeback in big match

2-2 draw at home to Sturm Graz

There were no winners of the big match in the 29th ADMIRAL Bundesliga Matchday. Sturm Graz scored two goals in a horrible first-half from our perspective, before we raced back to level with a plucky showing in the second period. As it is, Graz maintain their three-point advantage in the title race with three matches of the season remaining.

Match summary

The big match could not have possibly gotten off to a worse start! Less than a minute was on the clock when the visitors caught us cold. A Prass shot from the edge of the box took a deflection to beat Alex Schlager and send Sturm Graz in front.

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We almost provided the perfect response with a Konate header (3'), but we didn't have the same clinical touch as the visitors.

It was every bit the expected big match, with the first period being a hard-fought battle right from the start, with both sides getting chances.

We thought we had equalised on the half-hour mark, only for Karim Konate's strike to be ruled out as VAR confirmed the ball struck the Ivorian's hand before finding the net. As if that wasn't enough - we conceded a second at our end.

Gazibegovic found the going too easy on the right and cut the ball into the middle, where Prass was all alone and able to turn it in for 2-0 (34'). We were left in shock and almost fell 0-3 down, with Alex Schlager thankfully saving us in a one-on-one battle (37').

RBS

2:2

STU

3.02

 

 

Expected Goals

0.71

25

 

 

Schüsse

8

66.7%

 

 

Ballbesitz

33.3%

57.5%

 

 

Zweikampfquote

42.5%

8

 

 

Ecken

1

1

 

 

Abseits

0

We had given our all throughout the first period. The way the game went sapped confidence from us, however, and we did not have the luck we needed.

Onur Cinel reacted at the start of the second half, and we went on the front foot. With less than 30 minutes remaining on the clock, some further substitutions were made that soon paid off. Oscar Gloukh danced his way through the left and teed up substitute Dorgeles Nene to tap in and make it 1-2 and put us right back into the game!

The goal boosted everyone at the Red Bull Arena! Sturm Graz were suddenly on the ropes as we surged forward and penned Christian Ilzer's men back around their own box.

We broke through the Graz defence once more with eight minutes remaining on the clock, with Karim Konate pouncing on a loose ball after a Koita shot was deflected to smash the ball in. Our stadium was rocking!

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Boosted by the electric atmosphere, we attacked with all our might and thought we were celebrating a winner. Samson Baidoo headed the ball into the net but was standing offside, and we had a second goal of the afternoon ruled out.

We therefore had to be content with a 2-2 draw that leaves us second in the table but still very much in the title race. Should we finish level on points with Sturm Graz, we would go ahead of them due to our better head-to-head record.

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Line-up

Substitutions

Koita for Ratkov (46'), Guindo for Daniliuc, Nene for Diambou (66'), Simic for Konate (87')

Yellow card

Sucic (82' unsporting behaviour)

Injury news

Not available for this match were Nicolas Capaldo (knee), Amar Dedic (calf), Fernando (thigh), Maurits Kjaergaard (thigh) and Leandro Morgalla (recovering). Strahinja Pavlovic was suspended.