Austria versus Breidablik / Image: GEPA pictures
Austria Wien did not get more than 1-1 in the second qualifying round for the new Conference League against Icelandic club Breidablik. Marco Djuricin had given the violet lead in front of 6000 spectators (32nd), Alexander Sigurdarson scored after a mistake in the build-up game to equalize 1-1 (47th).
The team of neo-head coach Manfred Schmid needs an increase in performance in the second leg next Thursday (9:00 p.m. CEST) in Kopavogur near Reykjavik, in order not to be eliminated when they enter the second qualifying round. At least the away goals rule, which UEFA abolished before this season, doesn't stand in their way. For the Viennese, who seem tired after the break, the Bundesliga opener on Sunday against SV Ried is still waiting.
Before the game, Austria had longed for the fans to return to the ranks as well as the international comeback. Schmid had described Breidablik as an indicator of the current condition of his team. As expected, this began with the newcomers Manfred Fischer and Marvin Martins. The right-back from Luxembourg felt the Icelandic toughness after just a few seconds. Overall, the guests in the league began anything but wait and see. Austria revealed voting problems in the newly put together defensive.
Violet start-up phase with luck
Breidablik almost used one of these after just five minutes. After a corner, defender Damir Muminovic came from ten meters to the conclusion, Patrick Pentz parried with his hand. The violet fans experienced another moment of shock after a quarter of an hour. Johannes Handl cleared the ball poorly, Gisli Eyjolfsson then fell over the defender's outstretched foot in the penalty area. However, referee Kari Hövdanum from the Faroe Islands immediately waved it off.
Fischer presented himself as an asset in the Austria game. The midfielder, who had come from Altach, tried his hand at first from a distance and headed Breidablik's goalkeeper Anton Ari Einarsson from a first save (17th). Einarsson should be more in the spotlight as a result. The goalkeeper denied Christian Schoissengeyr a goal twice within one minute after a free kick and the following corner.
In the 32nd minute Einarsson was finally beaten. After a push by Fischer, Dominik Fitz found center forward Djuricin, who volleyed the ball into the net. For the 28-year-old it may have been a little satisfaction: Djuricin was already on the field for Sturm Graz in 2013 when the Styrians failed to qualify for the Europa League at Breidablik. The attacker almost went for more, Einarsson was again with his fingertips on the spot (35th).
Setback after the break
However, Austria's performance was not sovereign. Pentz had to dive again shortly before the break. But only 64 seconds after the restart, he too was defeated. Vesel Demaku made a mistake and again the defense was bad – Sigurdarson came free after a one-two. Breidablik now took the reins in hand, Austria did little. The tired-looking favorites struggled for the line in the game, while the Icelanders occasionally put on a pressing.
Schmid responded after an hour with a triple swap. Alexander Grünwald, Benedikt Pichler and Aleksandar Jukic came for Djuricin, Fitz and Teigl. The effect remained manageable. Grünwald found the best chance for the Viennese in the second half. His header (77th) missed the goal. Vesel Demaku shot clearly over the case in the finish (83rd), Austria's subtle assault in the finish brought nothing more.