CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, October 22, 2012
Austria claimed the second Viennese derby of the season with a convincing victory thanks to two Alexander Gorgon strikes in front of the home crowd.
Without the aide of captain and talisman Steffen Hoffman due to an eye injury, Rapid coach Peter Schöttel experimented with his line-up, bringing on American Terrence Boyd only at the break for a 45-minute shift.
The Violets maintained the tempo of the opening half-hour and could have hit the back of the net several times, but finally did so in the 29th minute thanks to a little chaos in the Rapid backfield. Philipp Hosiner tested Rapid keeper Lukas Könighofer with a dribbler that required only a textbook parry. Perhaps trying to clear, defender Markus Katzer only managed to shoot against his own post, leaving room for Alexander Gorgon to slice through inside the far post for the 1-0 lead
US international Terrence Boyd entered at the intermission for Lukas Grozurek, but Rapid's offense was unable to get organized. The Violets continued their attack seven minutes after the break on a routine corner from the right side from from Tomas Simkovic. With the Rapid defense unable to keep track of who was marking whom, Gorgon found room just a few feet in front of the net to nod easily past the stranded Königshofer to double the advantage.
Boyd saw his third yellow of the season at the 64-minute mark, followed by a second yellow for Thomas Prager in 74th the minute, capping off a frustrating day for the Green and Whites.
The win puts Austria in firm control of second place with 26 points, while Rapid remain in third with 23.
Rapid's loaded schedule continues on Thursday when current fifth-place holders in the German Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen come to town for the third of six Europa League encounters.