Deni Alar scored, but it was not enough.
Alar hits back
However, just after the break hope was once again restored as Rapid found the perfect response: Deni Alar bundled his way through the penalty area, before skilfully turning inside his marker and firing home - 1:1 and the game was apparently once more there for the taking (52.). But just minutes later Mattersburg landed a double blow that all but killed off the game: firstly Röcher scored, his shot cannoning off both posts and into the back of the net to make it 1:2 (60.), before Onisiwo picked out the unmarked Pink in the penalty area who made no mistake - 1:3 (63.). The Rapid defence then breathed a sigh of relief as Mattersburg hit the woodwork, but it wasn’t to be long until Knoflach was again picking the ball out of the net: Mahrer scored the fourth after being picked out by a precise pass – 1:4 (70.). Steffen Hofmann's repost, a half volley into the far corner (81.), served only to improve our goal difference as a Rapid come back was never on the cards. It was a shame to lose going into the international break, but the slip up represents nothing more than a little black mark on what has so far been an excellent start to 2015/2016.
tipico Bundesliga, Match Day 7
SK Rapid - Mattersburg 2:4 (0:1)
Ernst-Happel-Stadium, 14.300, Ref Drachta;
Goals: 0:1 Perlak (39.), 1:1 Alar (51.), 1:2 Röcher (60.), 1:3 Pink (62.), 1:4 Mahrer (78.), 2:4 S. Hofmann (81.);
SK Rapid: Strebinger - Pavelic, Sonnleitner, Dibon, Auer - Petsos, Schwab (67./S. Hofmann) - Schobesberger, Schaub (6./Knoflach), F. Kainz (67./Prosenik) - Alar;
SV Mattersburg: Kuster - Höller, Malic, Mahrer, Farkas - Jano - Röcher (73./Grgic), Prietl, Perlak (85./Sprangler), Onisiwo - Pink (75./Templ)
Red Card: Strebinger (5./Denying a clear goal scoring opportunity)