CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, October 29, 2012
Rapid put the brakes on their recent losing streak with a definitive victory over league leaders Red Bull Salzburg thanks to goals from Terrence Boyd and Steffen Hofmann.
Boyd gave coach Peter Schöttel a reason to keep him in the starting eleven, registering a full ninety and his sixth goal of the season.
Within six minutes the 21-year old was dangerous, getting on the end of a Guido Burgstaller cross from the right and poking just left of the Salzburg net.
After missing the previous two matches due to an eye injury, Rapid captain Steffen Hofmann was back in action donning green goggles, and announced his return in style with a goal in the 14th minute. Following a rough challenge from Kevin Kampl, the German was awarded a free kick from just outside the right corner of the box, and seemed to have no trouble rifling a 25-yarder into the corner of Alexander Walke's net for the 1-0 lead.
Unrelenting, the Red Bulls pushed forward and should have been awarded a penalty two minutes later when Hofmann tripped up Senegalese striker Sadio Mane in the box, but referee Alexander Harkam signaled to play on.
Just over a minute into the second half Burgstaller once again found Boyd with a cross and this time the unmarked Bremen native made no mistake, heading past Walke from seven yards out to give hosts the 2-0 lead.
Potent but unlucky, Salzburg nearly cut the lead in half off a Florian Klein corner in the 72nd minute, when defender Martin Hinteregger nodded towards empty space in the right half of the net. However Rapid keeper Königshofer was there with a quick paw to salvage the shutout.
With the win, a relieved Rapid squad put an end to their four-game slide, and look to advance in the ÖFB Samsung Cup on Wednesday when they host SCR Altach.