Exhilarating EL encounter

Rapid must become more lethal in the box as the Europa League group stage is about to start.

Midfielder Christoph Knasmüllner and striker Andrei Ivan missed great chances to score in the first half of Sunday’s league fixture against FK Austria. At the same time, Lucas Venuto and Bright Edomwonyi posed a perpetual threat to Rapid’s back four which acted clumsy at times.

FK Austria captain Alexander Grünwald eventually secured their away win with a brilliant shot just outside the box in the 57th minute. Police are investigating as two dozen masked Rapid supporters from the Allianz Stadion’s infamous west stand entered the pitch after the final whistle.

Rapid’s established players now must step up as the team face Russian giants Spartak Moscow already this Thursday (kickoff: 6.55pm). Depraved of the injured Boli Bolingoli, Rapid have to improve defensively but also increase their efficiency in the opponents’ box.

>> http://www.skrapid.at

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