Admira vs Grodig by Goleador
FC Admira Wacker Mödling - SV Scholz Grödig
Admira got a good start after Winter break, but in the last two games they only gained one point vs. last placed Wacker Innsbruck. Last weekend Admira had to take a loss vs. 3rd Austria Wien, but the game could be divided into two parts. In the first part Austria dominated the game, used the empty spaces and scored the first goal. But it didn´t take long and the coach changed his system into a defensive 4-2-3-1, which didn´t work at all. So Admira created many chances and sometimes Austria defense looked helpless. The only reason, why Admira didn´t score, was Austria GK Heinz Lindner. He made saves like he showed last time in CL game vs. Atletico Madrid. So here was the chance to reach at least one point, but in the next game there should we a 0-0 draw vs Wacker Innsbruck.
Innbruck is the biggest rival in relegation fight, so there was much on stake for those two team a yesterday (Wednesday). In this away match both teams played a really bad game and the excitement was visible, so there were many mistakes and less chances on both side. A 0-0 draw was the logical result for such a game. For the game on Saturday vs Grödig there are a few missings: Windbichler (DEF/25/1), Drescher (DEF/3/0), Schwab (MID/23/4) and Rusek (MID/14/0). The most important of them are Windbichler, who had to take a red card in the last game vs Innsbruck and Schwab, who is the usual playmaker. Although of this Schwab is replaced well the last games by Thürauer.
Grödig didn´t start well and has a record of 1-1-3 in the last five games. Last weekend Grödig visited Ried and won 4-1, but a red card at a 0-0 standing shortly after HT was the point, when the game was decided. The red card was really questionable, but it was the refs decision. Then two fast goals, one of them clearly offside, made an early decision in second half possible. In the end the 4-1 win isn´t to overrate because of many injuries at Rieds side and questionable referee decisions. Yesterday the also weaker Grödig team, because of many injuries in the last weeks, showed a completely different face. There was no fight, no passion and nothing that seemed to be "playing football". A 0-6 loss was the result of "the worst performance of Grödig" (how coach Hütter described the game). But not also the result was really bad. After another yellow card Ione Cabrera (captain and CB) is missing again. So the list of missings for Saturday is really long again: Hart (DEF/6/0), Potzmann (MID/11/0), Boller (MID/19/0), Schubert (DEF/5/0), Stankovic (GK/14/0), Strobl (DEF/10/0), Cabrera (Yellow Card/DEF/11/1) and questionable Fountas (MID-ATT/6/0). Also to mentions were two transfers from winter break, which are very important missings: Zulechner, one of the best scorers made his way to German Bundesliga club Freiburg and Salamon left the club to join Austria Wien. The mentionable players, which were bought are Fountas and Martschinko, but Fountas is quastionable and Martschinko always shows really different performances.
For me Admira still needs points to secure 9th place or get a bit higher spot, although they are nine points in front of last placed Wacker Innbruck. Grödig could hold 2nd place until last round, but I think they realised, that the opportunities to get back into Top 3 are not really existing, as they have many injuries and Rapid and Austria Wien are still stronger teams and both in good form.
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