SK Rapid Wien have won the Austrian Bundesliga on the penultimate day of the season with a 3-0 home win against SCR Altach meaning FC Salzburg's win against FK Austria Wien was in vain.
Rapid went into the game knowing that three points would leave defending champions Salzburg powerless to stop them winning their 32nd title and were two up within the first ten minutes. Branko Bosković opened the scoring after a swift Rapid move in the seventh minute and Stefan Maierhofer doubled the lead soon after. Austria forward Erwin Hoffer added the third just after the half-hour mark with the only further major event being Altach's Manfred Pamminger being sent off eight minutes from time.
"It's a great feeling to have achieved something that nobody had thought possible before the season," said coach Peter Pacult. "Salzburg and Austria were the favourites, and that makes it even better that the title is in Hütteldorf – the team has improved a lot over the season." Austria national team coach Josef Hickersberger agreed: "I had not expected them to win the title before the season, Salzburg were the huge favourites. It was apparent that many Austrian players played quite an important role in winning that title."
Effort in vain
Rapid captain Steffen Hofmann added: "I think that this title is better than the one we won three years ago. We played great football this season, especially this spring." Salzburg won 2-0 against Austria Wien, but by the time Saša Ilić converted a penalty to give them a 43rd-minute lead, Rapid were already three goals to the good. Alexander Zickler got Salzburg's second nine minutes from time to ensure the now deposed champions will finish second ahead of Austria Wien.
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