Europa League: Zagreb takes revenge on Rapid

Christoph Knasmüllner brought the Hütteldorfer, whose supporters were locked out after the tumult during the guest appearance at West Ham in London, in the lead early (8th). But just four minutes later, Bruno Petkovic equalized (12th), Komnen Andric increased before the break (34th). Josip Sutalo scored in the finish for the preliminary decision (83rd).

This means that Rapid’s chances of advancing to the round of 16 have decreased significantly: Leader West Ham left KRC Genk 2: 2 points for the first time, but continues to lead Group H with ten points ahead of Zagreb (6) and Genk (4) . Rapid (3) is last and has to face the English at home in three weeks. At the end of the group stage, Genk will go to Belgium.

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Debutant Leopold Querfeld couldn’t stop Komnen Andric from taking the lead

Rapid trainer Dietmar Kühbauer had to accept further failures in the second duel with Dinamo. Taxiarchis Fountas and Kevin Wimmer weren’t an issue with muscle injuries for a relatively short period of time, but Filip Stojkovic joined them. The universal defender also had to pass due to muscular problems.

Debutante Ball in Zagreb

For this reason, the 20-year-old Martin Moormann was allowed to make his European Cup and starting eleven debut, but that only lasted around 20 minutes. After a clash with Emanuel Aiwu and a gaping wound, the defender had to be replaced. For Aiwu, who played right-back, it went on with a turban.

Collision between Rapids Emanuel Aiwu and Martin Moormann

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Aiwu and Moormann (r.) Crashed their heads – for the EC debutants it didn’t go any further

In Moormann’s place, the next debutant from the second team came into play: The 17-year-old Leopold Querfeld had not yet completed a minute for the professionals and celebrated his international premiere for the green and white professionals.

Knasmüllner puts Rapid in the lead

When Querfeld came in, it was already 1: 1. After a total of six unbeaten games in a row, Rapid started the game with self-confidence and took the lead early on. After a dream pass from Robert Ljubicic – Bartol Franjic lifted the offside position – the offensive player ran to Christoph Knasmüllner alone towards Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and kept his nerve: his chip found its way into the goal via a pole (8th).

Christoph Knasmüllner (Rapid) scores a goal against Dinamo Zagreb

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Knasmüllner met in Zagreb to give the Hütteldorfer an early lead

The lead didn’t last too long, however, four minutes to be precise: Mislav Orsic, who was already strong in Vienna, played one-two with Komnen Andric and found Bruno Petkovic in the center. The Croat took advantage of the great disorder on the defensive of the Viennese (12th).

Zagreb turns game before the break

After that, a relatively balanced game developed in which the hosts had a little more play, but the newly formed Rapid defense was initially able to thwart further opportunities. The Viennese did not have a chance for the time being.

After 20 uneventful minutes, Zagreb had a successful attack – again on the left offensive side – for the turn: Petkovic served Bartol Franjic, whose cross was used by Andric – the young debutant Querfeld picked up a supposed offside position and could no longer stop Andric (34 .). It stayed at 2-1 at the break, also because the hitherto colorless Ercan Kara headed past a free kick from Marco Grüll (44th).

Sutalo makes the decision

After the break, practically nothing happened for a quarter of an hour: Dinamo still had more of the game, Rapid withdrew. In the first leg, with a lot of aggression to win the ball and to switch moments, there was almost nothing to be seen. The game rippled without highlights before Orsic made a loud bang with his free-kick hammer on the bar (63rd).

Kühbauer had seen enough of Kara and Grüll after around 70 minutes and brought Thierno Ballo and Koya Kitagawa into play. The Japanese hit the side netting with one shot (80th). A minute later, Denis Bosnjak was another debutant on the side of the guests. Again two minutes later the fair in Zagreb was read: A free-kick cross Marko Bulat found Sutalo’s head (83.), in stoppage time Luka Menalo hit the bar with his head (93.). For Rapid it was the 30th defeat in this competition in the end.

Voices for the game:

Dietmar Kühbauer (Rapid trainer): “I think there would have been more in there. We started very well but fell behind due to two minor mistakes. Zagreb was actually 2-1 up with no chance, which I can’t explain to myself. We had the opportunity to compensate through the Erci (note: Ercan Kara). We played well in the second half, had a chance, and then it was 3-1. It was a courageous performance, but internationally you might need a little more. “

Christoph Knasmüllner (Rapid goalscorer): “We started the game really well. It has to be said that they were mercilessly efficient in front of the gate, they took advantage of it as ice cold. If Erci makes it 2-2, it might look different. Especially in the first half we should have made better use of one or the other switching situation. They were really good and compact at the back. Unfortunately it was no longer inside. “

Leopold Querfeld (Rapid debutant): “It is of course a very big dream that is coming true. I am very happy to have finally made my professional debut. It feels extraordinary, there is no other way to describe it. It was my first game with the professionals, you can learn a lot from it. “

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Dinamo Zagreb – Rapid 3: 1 (2: 1)

Zagreb, Maksimir Stadium, SR John Beaton (SCO)

Goal sequence:
0: 1 Knasmüllner (8th)
1:1 Petkovic (12.)
2:1 Andric (34.)
3:1 Sutalo (83.)

Zagreb: Livakovic – Moharrami (89th / Ristovski), Sutalo, Theophile-Catherine, Franjic – Misic, Gojak – Ivanusec (73rd / Menalo), Petkovic, Orsic (89th / Spikic) – Andric (79th / Bulat)

Rapid: Gartler – Aiwu, Hofmann, Moormann (21./Querfeld), Ullmann – Grahovac (81./Bosnjak), R. Ljubicic – Arase (46./Schick), Knasmüllner, Grüll (69./Ballo) – Kara. / Kitagawa)

Yellow cards: Theophile-Catherine or none

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Europa League: Zagreb takes revenge on Rapid