CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Linz got back in the winning column with a last-gasp winner from substitute Florian Templ and gained ground on league leaders WAC/St. Andrä.
American Shawn Barry made his first start of the season in a full ninety performance in the win.
The Lustenauers were the recipients of a generous call after eleven minutes when Linz defender Kevin Wimmer inadvertently punched a Marcel Holzmann while tending the wall, prompting whistle-blower Harald Ruiss to point to the spot.
David Witteveen stepped up with a chance to take the lead but Thomas Mandl performed an excellent dive to his right to nab the ball before it crossed the line.
Following a fruitless first half for both squads, Linz took the lead in the 57th minute thanks to another questionable call from Ruiss. Daniel Kogler went down easily to the ground after contact with Lustenau defender Dennis Mimm, nowhere near Oscar worthy.
This time Hannes Aigner converted the penalty, chipping past Reuf Durakovic for the 1-0 lead.
Samuel Eto'o's younger brother Etienne entered the match at the 68-minute mark and lit up the scoreboard just two minutes later. Skirting across the top of the area, David Witteveen found the unmarked 21-year old onside for an effortless strike past Mandl to bring the score to 1-1.
Florian Templ rescued the hosts in extra time with a brilliant spinning strike at the top of the box. Off a long free kick from new signing Luiz Henrique de Oliveira, Aigner headed over to Templ, who turned on it in time to volley past Durakovic for the 2-1 win.
With league leaders WAC/St. Andrä's draw, Linz inch up the standings to within three of the lead. Next Friday, the Black and Whites head east to face SKN St. Pölten.