CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, September 19, 2011
The second Linz derby ended as the first had, with both teams finding the back of each other's net.
Harald Unverdorben struck within two minutes of the opening whistle for the Black and Whites, but Dominic Hassler equalized just before the break for the Blue and Whites.
American defender Shawn Barry registered a full ninety of action in the pinstripes of LASK, and managed to pose an offensive threat as well.
LASK took the second minute lead after Luiz Henrique curled in a long free kick from the right side into the box, where Unverdorben found enough room to tap past David Wimleitner for the 1-0 lead.
Barry provided the next opportunity for LASK with an eyebrow-raising attempt at goal in the 17th minute after a Luiz Henrique corner fell to him ten yards in front of the net. With his back to goal, the defender attempted an overhead kick that arced just over the bar.
The Blue and Whites finally posed a threat in the 22nd minute when Konstantin Wawra's free kick from 25 yards out curled through the LASK wall, but Florian Hart was posted behind the wall to head the dangerous strike away.
Just before the half-hour mark Blau-Weiss thought they had earned a penalty kick after Robert Schellander brought down Manuel Hartl in the area, but referee Dominik Ouschan remained silent.
Ouschan created further controversy in the 36th minute after issuing a second yellow card to Luiz Henrique for an apparent dive, sending him to the locker room when replays clearly showed that Svetozar Nikolov had tripped the Brazilian in the midfield.
Blau-Weiss finally equalized just before the half when Simon Piesinger lofted in a long ball from the midfield for Hassler, who caught up with the pass between defenders Barry and Kevin Wimmer, tapped back to control it, and fired past Thomas Mandl to bring things even at 1-1.
Referee Ouschan made a fair call for once in the 52nd minute, after showing Svetozar Nikolov his second yellow for a clear foul on Hannes Aigner.
With the result, LASK remain in third with 20 points, five behind the leaders WAC/St. Andrä, and travel west to SCR Altach on Friday.