TSV Hartberg is slowly but surely stalking the best six teams in the Tipico Bundesliga. The Oststeirer celebrated a narrow 1-0 home win against WSG Tirol in the supplementary game of the 16th round on Tuesday. In the table, the Hartbergers are only two points behind the sixth-placed Tyroleans.
Hartberg cannot find a recipe against aggressive and courageous Tyroleans
The guests from Tyrol started very confidently and immediately put the Styrian defense chain to a tough test. It was dangerous for the first time after five minutes: A long cross from Celic landed at the feet of Rogelj, who acted too hastily in the end and shot past from a few meters. The guests were clearly superior in the initial phase and hardly gave TSV Hartberg any time to breathe.
The Oststeirer worked their way into the game better with the continuation of the first half, but the Kristallkicker from Wattens remained more dangerous: Schnegg refueled from the left and served Rieder, who failed with his attempt on Swete (23). Ferdinand Oswald only had to intervene for the first time in the 38th minute: The WSG goalkeeper defused a well-placed Flecker shot.
Shortly before the break, the WSG Tirol had the scream on their lips. Pranter fought the ball against Gollner and chipped the leather into the penalty area, where Frederiksen came to the conclusion. However, the Dane failed on the pole (44th).
Joker Rajko Rep shoots the Hartberger to victory
Hartberg coach Markus Schopp made a double change during the break, bringing Rep and Klem into play for Schmerböck and Rotter. Initially, this change did not change anything in the game, because the Tyroleans were the more committed team in the second section. The Wattener were too negligent with the few major chances: Fabian Koch came to the end after a pass from Frederiksen, but slammed the ball from a few meters just over it (57th). A huge opportunity for the WSG.
Shortly afterwards, the Tyroleans were only a few centimeters short of the lead: Celic served with a fine lifter in the penalty area Rogelj, who passed Swete and brought the ball from an acute angle on goal. The game device rolled along the line before Luckeneder could clear in the last second (64th).
Four minutes later, the home side struck out of nowhere: Oswald could not secure a long-range shot from Horvath, so that the substitute Rep only had to dust off from a few meters – 1-0 (68th). The Tyroleans did not make it in the final phase to be dangerous to Markus Schopp’s protégés. In the end, TSV Hartberg won almost 1-0 in the addendum of the 16th round, making the fight for sixth place really exciting.
Tipico Bundesliga, supplement 16th round
TSV Prolactal Hartberg – WSG Swarovski Tirol 1:0 (0:0)
Profertil Arena, Hartberg; 0 viewers; SR Lechner
Live ticker TSV Hartberg vs. WSG Tirol
Tor: Rep (68.)
Hartberg: Swete – Gollner, Luckeneder, Rotter (46./Klem), Kainz – Heil (82./Horvat), Nimaga – Flecker, Horvath (79./Ertlthaler), Schmerböck (46./Rep) – Tadic (69./ Chabbi)
WSG Tirol: Oswald – Koch, Behounek, Gugganig (81./Soares), Schnegg (72./Smith) – Rogelj (72./Naschberger), Petsos, Celic, Rieder (81./Toplitsch) – Pranter (71./Anselm) , Baden-Frederiksen
yellow cards: Rotter (19th), Kainz (27th), Heil (65th), Luckeneder (82nd) or Schnegg (63rd), Soares (84th)
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Written by Daniel Ringsmuth; Photo: Richard Purgstaller