SV Guntamatic Ried remains unbeaten in the second home game of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season. In front of 4345 fans in the josko ARENA, the Innviertlers fought a 1-1 (0-1) deficit against runner-up SK Sturm, who are trying to make it into the Champions League play-off against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday becomes.
Ried trainer Christian Heinle put his trust in the starting line-up that had trembled a week earlier in the 1-0 home win over promoted Austria Lustenau. That’s not really surprising, because the thin staff cover hardly allows any alternatives. A kingdom for a six in midfield and a rock in defence. But such types cannot be conjured up overnight.
Just don’t rush anything
“We’re definitely not going to rush anything. The requirement profile has been created, we have a few on the list, but nothing is concrete yet,” said sports director Thomas Reicheltshammer to the OÖN, while the sporting director of SK Sturm, Andreas Schicker, willingly posed for a photo with a Ried fan. The 36-year-old still feels at home in Ried, where he spent two stages in his active career (2004 to 2006 and 2012 to 2014). And there was another one with a long Ried past: Blue and White Managing Director Stefan Reiter.
Double duel Mikic against Demaku with consequences
“We’d take a draw,” Reicheltshammer had expressed a wish before kick-off that was actually to be fulfilled. You have to seize the moment. In addition to being outnumbered. In the 77th minute, Christoph Monschein converted the penalty kick to 1:1, which the advanced defender Tin Plavotic had “conquered” around 180 seconds earlier. The 25-year-old Croatian fell to the ground in a duel for the ball, referee Josef Spurny decided on a penalty after studying the video because he realized that Sturm’s Sandro Ingolitsch had hit his opponent when he tried to free himself.
This equalizer actually came like a bolt from the blue. Sturm had the events under control, led 1:0 from the 11th minute (goal scorer Christoph Lang) and since the 62nd minute one man more on the field. Leo Mikic was rightly booked for a late tackle in central midfield and brought down Vesel Demaku. The two had clashed once before seven minutes earlier. Demaku clutched, Mikic reached out his hand to free himself. Demaku held his face, a battle of words ensued, Spurny appeared as an arbitrator and showed both protagonists yellow.
Ziegl had the match point
doesn’t matter. The Rieder, who remained without offensive action until the 42nd minute, can live with this 1:1 brilliantly, even if Marcel Ziegl even found the match point in the 86th minute. The shot missed the left corner. In the finish, SK Sturm, who defeated Salzburg 2-1 last Saturday, tried everything to get three points in the dry. The Innviertler defended themselves with hands and feet. Ultimately successful.