After Rapid’s long wait for three points came to an end last time out against Altach, the 321st Vienna derby rolled round with the Hütteldorfers feeling their way tentatively back towards something resembling confidence. Match report:
On Saturday Gogo Djuricin and Martin Bernhard took charge of their first game. Altach were the opponents, and a rejuvenated Rapid side produced a superb display to brush aside their high-flying guests with goals from Steffen Hofmann (2) and Philipp Malicsek.
On Saturday Rapid travelled to Ried looking to build on the cup win against St. Pölten. However, what unfolded only added to feelings of concern around the current league position, as the Hütteldorfers went down to a heavy 0:3 defeat at the hands of the relegation strugglers.
On Wednesday Rapid pushed their difficulties in the league to one side as they outclassed St. Pölten in the ÖFB Cup quarter final. Goals from Wöber, Pavelic and Schwab did the damage as the Hütteldorfers edged closer to silverware and European football.
After having the lion’s share of the first half, Rapid forged ahead through Brazilian Joelinton. But after conceding an equaliser on the stroke of half time, Rapid failed to find a second and had to settle for a point.
Whoever looks back on the Green & White sides of the 1990’s won’t have to think too long before the name Sergej Mandreko springs into consciousness. We have received the news that Sergej is suffering under the nerve illness ALS, which damages the nerve cells necessary for muscle movement.