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Rapid slump continues in Austria

Published: Monday 17 October 2005, 7.06CET
Monthly review: Champions SK Rapid Wien fell further off the title pace as they suffered consecutive defeats.
by Raimund Fabi
from Vienna

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Published: Monday 17 October 2005, 7.06CET

Rapid slump continues in Austria

Monthly review: Champions SK Rapid Wien fell further off the title pace as they suffered consecutive defeats.

Champions SK Rapid Wien fell further off the title pace as they suffered consecutive defeats against SV Pasching and SV Austria Salzburg to undo their good work in beating Wacker Tirol 2-0. Following the defeat against Pasching, Rapid dropped to sixth in the table.

Decision time looming
Rapid’s run of results has prompted coach Josef Hickersberger to consider his future and he is set to make a decision over whether to stay in the next two weeks. During that time, Rapid face a tough encounter with high-flying SV Austria Salzburg and another defeat could see them drop further down the standings.

Pressure on leaders
FK Austria Wien remain top of the table but their lead has been cut to just one point after they suffered 1-0 home defeats against Grazer AK and their closest pursuers, SV Austria Salzburg. SV Pasching have also emerged as serious title contenders having extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, including wins against SK Rapid Wien and SV Mattersburg, to move into third, two points adrift of Austria.

Grazer run halted
Grazer AK saw their fine run of results ended by Mattersburg, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against the third-from-bottom team. Grazer, who are now fifth in the standings, had previously enjoyed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over VfB Admira Wacker Mödling before a narrow 1-0 win against FK Austria Wien and a goalless draw with SV Pasching.

Mödling claim crucial win
VfB Admira Wacker Mödling won their key relegation encounter with FC Wacker Tirol, securing a morale-boosting 5-2 victory. However, they remain bottom of the table, five points adrift of Wacker, having tasted defeat against SK Austria Wien, SK Sturm Graz and Grazer AK.

Last updated: 18/10/05 10.36CET

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