KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 5, 2019
With Jesse Marsch and David Wagner at the helms of teams in the top flight, YA will cover their exploits this season.
Jesse Marsch has continued his comfortable start to life in the Austrian Bundesliga with RB Salzburg as they came away with a comfortable 4-1 win over Mattersburg at Red Bull Arena.
After starting the season with a 2-0 road win over Rapid Wien, it was time for the former RB Leipzig assistant to introduce himself to his own fans and show them what they should be in store for during the campaign to retain their crown.
Marsch's strategy for the game was a conventional 4-4-2 that worked out very well as they dominated the game from start to finish.
It only took the host eight minutes to open the scoring as Takumi Minamino's shot from just outside the area hit the back of the net. They doubled their lead three minutes later when Musaya Okugawa headed the ball home from a cross by Patrick Farkas on the right side.
Things only got worse for Mattersburg later on when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when it was judged that Thorsten Mahrer brought down Okugawa in the area. Erling Haland then stepped up to put away the penalty.
Salzburg's dominance continued in the second half as they added a fourth in the 50th minute. Patson Daka was on target to finish off another cross from Farkas in the area.
Mattersburg scored a consolation goal, and despite having a one-man advantage after Zlatko Junuzovic was sent off, they could do nothing more as Salzburg romped their way their second win of the season.
Though it is still very early in the season, Marsch seems to have Salzburg appear firing on all cylinders.
While the Bundesliga has not started for David Wagner and Schalke, there is one coach down in the 3.Liga that has already gotten in to action.
Joe Enochs guided his team FSV Zwickau to a 2-0 win over Carl Zeiss Jena at the GGZ Arena.
The host would have a slow start as Carl Zeiss Jena would come out on the attack and have several good opportunities to open the scoring. However, each chance was scuppered and they certainly would pay for it in the end.
Zwickau would get their chance to open the scoring before halftime when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty, and Fabio Viteritti stepped up to convert the shot and give his team the lead.
It was very tight in the second half, but the Zwickau would ice the game a minute into stoppage time when Marius Hauptmann steered his shot past goalkeeper Jo Coppens to seal the win.
Zwickau now sits in eighth place in the standings with seven points.