Sunday saw the visit of SCR Altach to the Ernst Happel Stadium. The game took on extra importance for a Hütteldorfer side who knew a win would catapult them back into the mix at the top of the table.
UEFA Europa League: For the first time in the group stages the Green & Whites failed to take maximum points from a fixture.
On Saturday evening Rapid produced a first half master class in Burgenland that hosts Mattersburg simply couldn’t live with. The irresistible Hütteldorfers led 5:0 going into the break, recording a massive 6:1 victory at the final whistle.
Rapid went down to a shock 1:2 defeat in Salzburg against SV Grödig on Sunday, falling 6 points off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga
As predicted prior to kick-off by Trainer Zoran Barisic, the match in Plzen on Thursday proved to be a full blooded affair demanding full commitment and concentration.
Mario Sonnleitner header hands determined Rapid narrow, but deserved, victory.
On Wednesday night Rapid welcomed Austria Salzburg to Vienna in a game for the purists.
Late, late goal denies Hütteldorfers a share of the points. Match report:
The line-up for the key Europa League clash with reigning Czech champions Viktoria Plzen threw up a couple of surprises:
Out of sorts Rapid fail to deliver usual high standards in Carinthia.