Our second friendly of the Spanish training camp got off to a somewhat inauspicious start: the match officials failed to materialise in time for kick-off, and so willing deputies from each of the teams were required to step forwards.
Saturday’s game in St. Pölten represented Rapid’s final outing of 2017. Goals from Joelinton and Schwab put the Green & Whites in charge at half-time, before a first for Berisha and further strikes from Joelinton and Schwab completed a 5:0 rout.
On Saturday, Rapid welcomed Mattersburg for the final home game of 2017. Despite creating a slew of chances, Rapid fell 0:2 behind before fighting back to claim a point thanks to goals from Joelinton and Prosenik.
On Saturday, Rapid travelled to take on LASK Linz in Pasching. A steely defensive performance held off a late fightback from the hosts, allowing Rapid to claim a hard fought 2:1 victory, after two sublime goals from Murg and Schwab had handed the Hütteldorfers two-goal cushion at half time.