CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Linz fell in a thriller on Monday night, coming from behind twice, but WAC came out on top thanks to a couple of questionable calls.
American Shawn Barry registered 45 minutes in the Black and White, after watching the first half of controversy.
Christian Falk opened the scoring for the visitors in the 11th minute with a bit of help from the referee. Linz defender Florian Hart mistimed a long ball, allowing Jacopo to sprint past him into the box and peg a shot off Mandl's shoulder. In the ensuing scramble, Manuel Kerhe fired into the box and Jacobo redirected at Mandl for another save, which Falk then rolled into the net from an offsides position, unacknowledged by referee Bernd Hirschbichler.
Hirschbichler again raised doubts about his prescription lenses after awarding the hosts a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Coming off a corner, Linz striker Harald Unverdorben fell easily to the ground while vying for position in the box with Michael Sollbauer. Hirschbichler pointed to the spot and displayed a yellow for Sollbauer.
Hannes Aigner stepped up to the spot to hammer past Christian Dobnik to even the score after a half an hour.
Falk notched his league-leading eighth goal of the season three minutes before the break after a well orchestrated breakaway. In the midfield Jacopo threaded through a pass past Hart for Stephan Stückler on the left flank, who relayed a cross through the box to the unguarded Falk for the easy tap into the 2-1 lead.
Picking up a yellow just a minute later, Florian Hart's bad day came to an end at halftime, as American Shawn Barry replaced the right-back.
Linz equalized again after 66 minutes when WAC defender Dario Baldauf brought down Daniel Kogler, prompting Hirschbichler to point to the spot. Aigner did the honers again, slotting his fifth goal of the season past Dobnik
Jacobo had the last laugh though in the 85th minute, catching up with a clearance at the left edge of the box, maneuvering past a trio of Linzers, and nailing a right-footer through the defense for the 3-2 lead and game-winner.
Linz remains in second with 15 points, but awaits the results of the other Erste Liga matches on tap Tuesday night.
The Black and Whites regroup on Friday night to host FC Lustenau 07.