This means that coach Robin Dutt’s squad made it to second place in the Bundesliga – 14 points behind the clear leader Salzburg. The Viennese received the next setback after the 1: 3 in Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday and are only seventh after 14 games.
Instead of moving very close to the Wolfsbergers with a win, the gap to the runner-up widened to eight points. Responsible for this were the only 18-year-old Adis Jasic (22nd) with his premier league goal, David Gugganig (31st) and Cheikhou Dieng (45th + 1) with their goals in the first half. Eliel Peretz (63rd) provided the final point. The only result of the Hütteldorfer was the intermittent 1: 2 connection goal by Emanuel Aiwu (33rd), for them there was again a defeat after four unbeaten league games immediately before the international break.
Rapid coach Dietmar Kühbauer had changed his team, who traveled directly from Croatia to Carinthia on Friday, in four positions compared to their appearance at Dinamo. Filip Stojkovic and Taxiarchis Fountas reported fit after their muscle injuries, and left-back Jonas Auer and outside player Thorsten Schick got the chance from the start. Robert Ljubicic was absent from the suspension. The Carinthians would not have made any changes due to the successful run, but were forced to do so. David Gugganig replaced the slightly ailing Luka Lochoshvili in defense, Dieng stormed away from the start for the first time this season because Tai Baribo (injured) and Dario Vizinger (sick) were not able to play.
That was very good for the game, which was only played in front of 3,551 spectators due to the 2G rule, the nimble attacker offered a strong performance. However, the guests found the first chance, Schick aimed left over the gate (17th). The Carinthians, on the other hand, were freezing cold in the end. Jasic initiated the action himself and completed it from four meters after Dieng crossed. Nine minutes later, it was Gugganig who increased with his head – after a Liendl corner with a cross and header extension from Mario Leitgeb.
Rapid hit back immediately, also after a set piece. Christoph Knasmüllner extended a Schick corner to Aiwu, who was able to prepare the ball and completed it from five meters. Otherwise the Viennese could not set any accents on the offensive and also because they were clearly weaker in the duel, they conceded the third goal immediately before the break whistle. Auer made two bad passes on the offensive, the WAC quickly switched to Matthäus Taferner. The ball came to Dieng, who made Stojkovic look really old in the running duel and completed it in the far corner.
Anyone who had waited for a rapid reaction in half two was disappointed. The WAC controlled what was happening and was always extremely dangerous in the end. But only one hit fell. After Baumgartner pass, Peretz met in the penalty area deliberately into the far corner. With this, the hosts achieved a successful revenge for the 0: 3 in the first duel of the season in Vienna. After beating Austria 1-0, LASK 1-0, Austria Klagenfurt 2-1 and Sturm Graz 3-0, they scored three points for the fifth time in a row. Jasic seems to be a “lucky guy”, these five games were his only ones in the starting line-up so far.