CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Rapid dodged a bullet at home against the league's laggers needing a tally from Terrence Boyd just before the fall of the curtain.
Boyd returned to the Rapid starting eleven, and rescued the hosts from embarrassment with an 86th-minute goal to salvage a point.
The visitors from south of Vienna struck within nine minutes of the opening whistle thanks to Stefan Rakowitz, who capitalized on confusion in the Rapid defense. Dennis Mimm fed from the right flank in for Rakowitz near the penalty spot, whose first attempt was waved away by Rapid keeper Lukas Königshofer. Perched out on the opposite flank, Christoph Martschinko relayed back into the box where Rakowitz still stood in prime position to nutmeg the netminder for the 1-0 lead.
Rapid struggled to find their rhythm for much of the first half hour until Burgstaller scoped out Boyd in the box with a cross from the left side, which sent the American striker into an acrobatic whirling kick and fell for a Thomas Prager header that bounced wide left of the goal.
Still looking to get organized, the hosts saw another chance on goal just before the halftime whistle when Muhammed Ildiz struck from 20 yards out and grazed the outside of the left post.
Deni Alar entered when play resumed for the injured captain Steffen Hofmann. The two sides exchanged only a few minor chances until the Viennese found the clincher with four minutes left.
In the build-up Lukas Grozurek handled the ball well in traffic at the top of the box, and dished out to Christopher Trimmel sprinting down the edge of the box. The 25-year-old Austrian quickly delivered back to the near post for Boyd to slip in with a tap for the 1-1 scoreline, his fifth goal of the season.
The result knocks Rapid out of the Bundesliga summit, now occupied by Red Bull Salzburg. Following the international break, Rapid regroups on Sunday October 21 for the second derby of the season away at FK Austria Vienna.