CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, September 26, 2011
Altach overtook the top spot in the Erste Liga with a commanding win at home against a Linz squad reduced to ten men for almost half the game.
LASK coach Walter Schachner opted to start René Aufhauser in place of American Shawn Barry, who entered in the 69th minute to finish out the night.
Referee Gerhard Grobelnik awarded Altach a generous penalty call to give the hosts the lead after a quarter hour. While trying to vie for a long pass from the midfield, Robert Schellander nudged Tomi, who fell down easily. The Spaniard stepped up to convert the penalty past Thomas Mandl for the 1-0 lead.
Harald Unverdorben didn't help his Linz teammates out after picking up a second yellow in the 48th minute for unnecessarily kicking the ball away.
Patrick Seeger added another for Altach in the 59th minute after exploiting a gaping hole in the Linz backline. Florian Hart coughed up the ball in the midfield and Thorsten Schick fed forward for Seeger, who sprinted towards Mandl, and fired around him for the 2-0 advantage.
Shawn Barry entered for Daniel Kogler in the 69th minute, and finished out the game as a right-side midfielder.
With a quarter hour to play Hart tried to make up for the previous mistake with a fine run through the midfield, a give-and-go, and a strike from the top of the area that grazed the outside the frame.
With minutes to play Kevin Wimmer thought he had curled a free kick around the wall for a goal, but keeper Martin Kobras made a spectacular diving save to deflect the comeback goal to safety.
The win puts Altach on even points with WAC/St. Andrä, who drew on Friday with Blau-Weiss Linz, but in pole position on goal difference.
Linz will lick their wounds and return home to host First Vienna 1894 next Friday.