Bucharest barrier for Hütteldorf hopefuls

Rapid supporters have been feeling demoralised and delighted in turns recently as their team failed to show any consistency.

The Vienna-Hütteldorf side showed fierce, raging determination in their smashing 4-0 against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, a victory which sent them into the next stage of the Europa League qualification procedure.

But just three days later, the champions of 2005 and 2008 suffered a bitter 1-2 defeat against LASK. Christoph Knasmüllner, who has developed into manager Goran Djuricin’s jack of all trades, hit the bar and missed a penalty against the Linz side who were eliminated from the Europa League qualifiers by Besiktas.

Knasmüllner knew no mercy with Slovan in a match which was his best performance for Rapid to date. Now all eyes will be on the former Admira ace again as Rapid face Steaua Bucharest.

The tradition-rich Romanian club celebrated a 2-0 win against Sepsi in domestic competition at the weekend. The first leg of the decisive Europa League qualification tie between Rapid and Steaua is set to take place at Vienna’s Allianz Stadion on Thursday (8.30pm).

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