FK Austria Wien were made to work hard by second-tier FC Admira Wacker Mödling before eventually winning their 27th Austrian Cup with a 3-1 victory in extra time, Milenko Ačimovič scoring both goals after the sides could not be separated in 90 minutes.
Both teams plumped for a cautious approach early on and had problems creating openings, with Austria Wien's Mario Bazina testing goalkeeper Thomas Mandl after a quarter of an hour with an effort from outside the box and René Schicker squandering Admira's best chance with 27 minutes gone. Austria Wien striker Rubin Okotie then finally opened the scoring just before the hour, being nicely set up by playmaker Ačimovič.
Contesting their first cup final since 1996, Admira had not given up on a seventh cup win, however, and they equalised when Sascha Laschet converted on 72 minutes. Austria Wien failed to capitalise on some good chances in the last 15 minutes of regular time but they showed superior fitness in extra time, with Ačimovič again demonstrating his class, scoring after 94 and 100 minutes.
"The final played out the way I had envisioned it," said Austria Wien coach Karl Daxbacher. "We had expected it to be a tight affair. Admira did much more than just keep up. The longer it took, the more difficult it became for us. But Ačimovič is a player who can make the difference against any team in Austria." Two-goal Ačimovič added: "These were probably the two most important goals I have ever scored for Austria." The capital club, who sit fourth in the Austrian Bundesliga, will now enter qualifying for the new UEFA Europa League.
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