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1-1 against storm! The FC Wacker wins a point in Graz

FC Wacker Innsbruck remain unbeaten for the fourth game in a row. Coach Vogel is on the verge of being defeated in a storm.

Graz – FC Wacker continues to win point by point. The Innsbruckers conquered their twelfth point with a 1:1 win in the 13th Bundesliga round away at Sturm Graz and for the time being lie in tenth place in the table. The black-green team has thus been unbeaten for four games.

With the draw, the Tyroleans aggravated the crisis at SK Sturm. For the runner-up and his coach Heiko Vogel it was the seventh compulsory game in a row without victory. The team from Graz have won only one match in the last 14 matches.

“Two home games follow, now six points are compulsory”, Vogel had made the starting position unmistakably clear before the games against Innsbruck and St. Pölten. It now remains to be seen how the Graz leadership around sports managing director Günter Kreissl will react after the missed goal.

Sturm gives away top chances

On Saturday, Sturm once again failed to exploit his own chances. After Fabian Koch (52nd) took a deserved 1-0 lead, Stefan Hierländer and Co. left a multitude of top opportunities unused. Wacker Innsbruck and goal scorer Zlatko Dedic (71.), on the other hand, made the most of the few chances.

Vogel had made three changes compared to the 2-0 defeat against Hartberg in the previous week: Lackner replaced Lovric, Hierländer moved back into the team instead of Lukas Grozurek after his suspension and Emeka Eze stormed the front line.

The Styrians offered the 7,867 spectators from now on an ambitious game on one goal, had over long distances over 70 percent ball possession, but acted without precision and Fortune before the goal. Defender Matthias Maak directed a Zulj shot to the crossbar with a flying header for his goalkeeper. It was the fourth aluminium goal in a week to be scored in Graz. A few minutes before the break, an attack artistically executed by Hierländer using a side puller did not count – probably wrongly – because of offside (37th).

Stefan Hierländer Honours 

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga (2):
    • 2012, 2014 with Red Bull Salzburg
  • Austrian Cup (2):
    • 2012, 2014 with Red Bull Salzburg
    • 2018 with Sturm Graz

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Wacker bar held 52 minutes

Wacker defended with nine men and tried with long balls to use the fast Cheikhou Dieng and striker partner Zlatko Dedic. This was also the case in minute 25, when Dieng took a free-kick, which led to the most dangerous guest chance in half one: Sturm-Goalie Jörg Siebenhandl took Martin Harrer’s well-sought attempt out of the corner.

After the change of sides, Wacker’s defensive tactics were given a damper. After Eze-Zuspiel, Philipp Huspek put his chest back on Koch, who hit the left corner with a flat shot (52nd). Guest coach Karl Daxbacher then broke the chain of five, with the exception of a Henning long-range shot, the team from Graz remained the more dangerous team. A Zulj-Schlenzer struck the upper edge of the crossbar (62nd).

Wacker, however, capitalized on the first defensive neglect in Graz: Christoph Freitag lifted the defense in Graz, Ilkay Durmus put the ball across and Dedic pushed the ball over the line from a short distance (71).

Both teams still had a chance to win in the final phase. A Zulj long-range shot bounced back into the field from the inside bar, Hierländer put the additional shot over the goal in the fall (77th). The storm captain also missed the next big chance a few moments later, Albert Vallci saved on the line (79.). On the other side Henning was missing only centimetres with two closures. Sturm has to wait for the second home win of the season after the first round (3:2 against Hartberg). (APA) Atlantic Spins boast over 400 games.

Voices on the game:

Heiko Vogel (Sturm-Trainer): “I am very disappointed, especially when I see how the boys work and don’t reward themselves. We had six aluminium goals in the last two games. We played a very good first half and also in the second we put everything in the balance.”

About his future as a storm coach: “I have the best job in the world, but I know the mechanisms.”

Karl Daxbacher (Innsbruck coach): “A very happy point for us that does us good. We haven’t lost four games against good opponents. But in some situations we were really lucky. We only started to play football after lagging behind, we are happy about the point, but we also know how to classify it correctly. Sturm had an abundance of goal chances.”

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