CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, August 14, 2011
LASK shared points for the third time this season, taking the lead early through a Benjamin Freudenthaler karate kick, but watching Lustenau's Jürgen Kampel steal the show with a golazo.
Former Virginia Cavalier Shawn Barry entered the game in the 74th minute and played the final 26 minutes for his fourth appearance in the black and white stripes of LASK.
Playing in the stadium he used to call home two seasons ago, Benjamin Freudenthaler lit up the scoreboard for his new club Linz with an impressive one-timed sidekick in the 9th minute.
Ali Hamdemir started off the play finding Leo Kaufman on the right wing, who relayed a pass in for the 22-year old at the opposite edge of the box for a strike past Lustenau keeper Alexander Kofler.
The hosts struggled to threaten in the first half, with Linz continuing their attack in the 28th minute when Ulrich Winkler skipped through a crowd in the box to get off a shot. Kofler just barely got a leg on the ball to deflect to safety.
Austria got back in the game with style thanks to a golazo from Jürgen Kampel. Fielding a midfield pass from Felix Roth, the Austrian spun on a dime and arced nicely into the upper left netting of Thomas Mandl's goal for the 1-1 equalizer.
Linz's Florian Hart nearly struck back a minute before the break with a fine indivdual effort from 25 yards out, but only managed to smack the crossbar.
The second half saw few opportunities for both teams, but at the hour mark a hard foul by Kaufmann on Philipp Vorraber at the threshold of the box went unwhistled, and could have even merited a point to the spot from referee Bernd Eigler.
Four minutes later, Barry entered for Kaufmann and finished out the evening in the backline.
With the points shared Austria remain in second, a point behind losers last weekend WAC/St. Andrä.
Fourth place Linz travel on Friday to the Salzburg suburb to face SV Scholz Grödig