Green-white déjà vu for Hartberg

Rapid face Hartberg another time just days after the Green-Whites celebrated a convincing away victory.

The Green-Whites performed poorly in the first half on Tuesday but upped their game to cruise past Hartberg 4-2. Due to reformed Bundesliga schedules, the tradition-rich team from Vienna play the Styrian side once more this weekend (Saturday 5pm, Allianz Stadion).

Hartberg are threatening to be a killjoy once more. In March, Markus Schopp’s team achieved a 2-2 draw in Vienna after having been 0-2 down. This result kept Rapid out of the championship playoff featuring Red Bull Salzburg, LASK and Sturm Graz among others.

Especially Thomas Murg earned praise on Tuesday – even from Rapid’s opponents. “It’s almost impossible to get a hold of him when he’s got the ball. He’s an excellent player, that’s why he’s at Rapid – the question is how much longer this is the case,” Hartberg keeper Rene Swete said in a post-match statement.

The midfield strategist – who recently named Juventus star Paulo Dybala as his idol – said: “I don’t like talking about myself. I prefer talking about the team. I think we didn’t play well in the first half. Our performance improved after the break.”

Typifying the determined player, Murg has been a joy to watch recently – despite a high percentage rate of missed chances. With seven goals, the former SV Ried ace is Rapid’s most prolific scorer this season.

Murg recently extended his contract until 2022. Confronted by Rapid Magazin with speculations concerning a possible move abroad, the 24-year-old underlined: “I’m supporting Dortmund. Joining BVB one day would be a dream come true. I also like Spanish and Italian league soccer. But now I got to focus on what’s important – and that’s Rapid.”



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