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Salzburg seal title with eight games to spare

Published: Sunday 23 March 2014, 21.11CET
"The way we won the title this season was truly special," said Roger Schmidt after his FC Salzburg side clinched their eighth Austrian crown by beating SC Wiener Neustadt 5-0.
Salzburg seal title with eight games to spare
Salzburg celebrate their title triumph ©GEPA
Published: Sunday 23 March 2014, 21.11CET

Salzburg seal title with eight games to spare

"The way we won the title this season was truly special," said Roger Schmidt after his FC Salzburg side clinched their eighth Austrian crown by beating SC Wiener Neustadt 5-0.

FC Salzburg have clinched their eighth Austrian title with eight games remaining following a 5-0 victory against SC Wiener Neustadt.

A draw would also have been enough for Roger Schmidt's men to secure the crown on matchday 28, but the commanding victory gave them even more reason to celebrate. No Austrian team has ever won the title this early in the season since the three-points-per-win rule was introduced in 1995. The previous record was held by SK Sturm Graz, who won the championship on matchday 29 in 1997/1998.

"It's an extraordinary achievement in my eyes," commented Schmidt afterwards. "The way we won the title this season was truly special. It was still snowing and we won the title. We didn't just want to be a little bit better than our opponents; we always wanted to play to our limits."

The trophy will help Salzburg put their midweek UEFA Europa League disappointment behind them, the Austrian side having lost 2-1 on aggregate to FC Basel 1893 in the round of 16. "After the unfortunate exit from the Europa League on Thursday, it's a great feeling to win the title," added midfielder Kevin Kampl. "I'm really excited as it's my first championship. It shows the heart and the character of this team to come back after a defeat like that and beat Wiener Neustadt with a 5-0 scoreline. If we manage to stay together as a team, who knows what else we could be capable of?"

His mind may have already turned to next season's UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign, with Salzburg anxious to reach the group stage for a second time after six failed attempts. However, first of all they will be looking to end the current campaign on a high, as sporting director Ralf Rangnick explained: "We want to extend our winning streak and present ourselves as worthy champions."

Last updated: 23/03/14 22.15CET

Results

Austrian Bundesliga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/03/2014 18:18 CET

23/03/2014

SalzburgSalzburg5-0Wiener NeustadtWiener Neustadt

Alan 23, 57, 87, Jonatan Soriano 45+1, Mané 70

Venue: Wals-Siezenheim

22/03/2014

SturmSturm3-1WackerWacker

Djuricin 48, 87, Wolf 65

Wallner 90

Venue: Graz

22/03/2014

Rapid WienRapid Wien3-0WolfsbergWolfsberg

Alar 20 (P), Sabitzer 83, Rnić 88 (og)

Venue: Vienna

22/03/2014

RiedRied1-4GrödigGrödig

Gartler 87

Correa 48, 52, Huspek 62, Elsneg 75 (P)

Venue: Ried

22/03/2014

AdmiraAdmira0-1Austria WienAustria Wien

De Paula 31

Venue: Maria Enzersdorf

Standings

*FC Admira Wacker Mödling have had 5 point(s) deducted
Last updated: 23/03/2014 18:18 CET

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