RECAP: RAPID VIENNA 2 - 1 W. INNSBRUCK
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, December 10, 2012
Terrence Boyd and Deni Alar teamed up once again to power Rapid to victory, overcoming an own-goal and each scoring their ninth of the season.
Once again in Rapid coach Peter Schöttel's starting eleven, Boyd notched his third goal in the last four league games in his seventh full shift of the season.
Boyd thought he had brought the hosts into the lead after six minutes when he chased down a lob into the box, evaded netminder Szabolcs Safar, and rifled into an empty net. However, Rene Eisner had whistled a foul for Boyd's light tap on the Austrian keeper's shin.
It was Deni Alar's turn to threaten ten minutes later with a gutsy blast from 33 yards out that only rattled the crossbar.
Although Rapid maintained momentum against the Bundesliga stragglers, they shot themselves in the foot in the 43rd minute conceding an own goal. Coming off a corner from Alexander Hauser, Rapid keeper Lukas Könighofer was in position to catch the harmless delivery, but defender Mario Sonnleitner didn't receive the memo, entered the trajectory, and managed to head into his own net much to the delight of the Tyrolean guests.
But Rapid strapped on their boots and equalized a minute later thanks to the work of Deni Alar, who surged downfield and fed to Burgstaller on the left flank. Returning the favor, the Austrian striker picked out Alar unguarded in the box, who was able to slot past Safar from the goal box to take the 1-1 scoreline into the locker rooms.
Six minutes into the second half, Rapid took the lead thanks to a nifty display in the midfield from Michael Schimpelsberger. Chesting and juggling past three Innsbruck defenders, the 21-year-old Austrian relayed forward to Boyd sprinting towards the net. The American met the well-timed delivery with a sliding one-timer that just managed to poke past Safar for the 2-1 lead.
With no answer from the Tyroleans, Rapid took the three points and joined Red Bull Salzburg with 38 points, seven back from leaders Austria Vienna.
Rapid wrap up the first half of the season on the road at Wiener Neustadt next Saturday, before entering the two-month winter break.