CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, November 19, 2012
Rapid found their rhythm in Burgenland and added one to the win column, thanks to two early free kicks from Deni Alar, and an insurance tally from Terrence Boyd.
Terrence Boyd returned to the starting lineup and the scoring sheet with his seventh of the season.
With a recent slump hanging over their heads, the Green and Whites nipped the affair in the bud and scored within four minutes thanks to a fortunate Deni Alar. After Guido Burgstaller won a free kick to the right of the penalty area, Alar's 25-yard delivery into the box somehow threaded through the crowd in the box untouched past Thomas Borenitsch for the early 1-0 lead.
Mattersburg midfielder Manuel Seidl tried to counter two minutes later with a blast from distance, but Rapid keeper Markus Königshofer was there to deflect to safety.
Instead, Seidl helped out the guests in bringing down Burgstaller at the half-hour mark just outside the box, prompting his first yellow card of the match. Whereas the Mattersburg defense expected a curling effort, Alar made scoring look easy and dribbled a slow-roller just inside the left post to double the advantage.
Some quick passing in the midfield earned Rapid their third of the evening in the 37th minute, when Dominik Wydra found Christopher Trimmel racing down the right with space to find Boyd across the box on the left to slot home with ease for his first away goal of the season.
If a 3-0 deficit in the first half wasn't bad enough for the hosts, Seidl saw his second yellow of the evening for pulling Deni Alar jersey, leaving Mattersburg with ten men for the remaining 50 minutes.
Boyd also saw yellow in the 50th minute for a late challenge on Alois Höller, his fifth yellow this season, meaning he will sit out next Sunday's away game at Admira.
The American finished his shift in the 86th for youngster Lukas Schaub.
The Viennese now sit firmly in third with 29 points, still seven behind Red Bull Salzburg and nine behind crosstown rivals Austria Vienna.
Rapid encounter a Nordic reception this week when they travel to Trondheim, Norway to face Rosenborg BK and Mix Diskerud, author of the game-tying injury-time goal for the U.S. national team in last week's 2-2 draw with Russia.