Europa League: Wolfsberger AC celebrates “historic evening”

Europa League: Wolfsberger AC celebrates “historic evening”
Europa League: Wolfsberger AC celebrates “historic evening”

The collection of great moments of the WAC in the European Cup has been enriched by one entry since Thursday.

After the Lavanttaler experienced magical nights against Borussia Mönchengladbach and AS Roma at their Europa League debut a year ago, they are going one better this season.

After a convincing draw against CSKA Moscow at the start, the “Wolves” win 4-1 at Feyenoord Rotterdam and are even leaders in Group K for the time being.

“A historic evening! A big compliment to the guys, how they acted today, especially in the first half, what they put into practice and invested,” said Ferdinand Feldhofer, who was coached in the first two European Cup games .

WAC victory more than deserved

The former Sturm und Rapid coach prepared his team perfectly for the away match at De Kuip in Rotterdam, despite a bitter 3: 4 bankruptcy against Rapid four days ago, from the beginning the Lavanttaler were there, leading thanks to two Liendl penalty goals Already after 13 minutes with 2: 0 and defended bravely until the end against strong offensive Dutch.

“Accordingly, they worked really hard for the win and ultimately deserved to win. Of course, after the break after the 2-1 draw, we had the luck we needed to create this sensation today,” said Feldhofer during a Feyenoord urge phase after changing sides which Liendl broke with his third hit in minute 60.

Speaking of Liendl – the 35-year-old made himself the match winner of the Lavanttaler again and was once again in top form as a footballer. “That is of course outstanding. After I’m no longer 20, it probably won’t happen to me that often. That’s why I’m very, very happy to take that with me,” beamed the midfield director, who is in his last year of contract with the WAC .

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Liendl: “They are an incredible collective”

But Liendl emphasizes that it is the collective that sets the WAC apart. Each of the “wolves” ran their hearts out for the second English week in a row, morale in Lavanttal remains high despite a false start in the Bundesliga with four defeats out of five rounds. “Of course it’s a classic phrase, but that can only be done through the team. Today we proved for over 90 minutes that we are an unbelievable collective, that we have an outstanding team spirit in the team. We all worked really, really well. And then that’s what happens in the end, “says Liendl.

In addition to Liendl, referee Srdjan Jovanovic was the focus of attention on this rainy Thursday evening in Rotterdam. The Serb, who stepped in as a substitute for the Ukrainian Mikola Balakin, who was actually planned and who had corona, points to the point in the Feyenoord penalty area three times, three times after a rather contentious situation. In Holland, the Serbian official’s performance caused great outrage, including among Feyenoord star Steven Berghuis.

“In my opinion, all three penalties were questionable. But with the first two we gave him (the referee, note) at least one reason. Or let’s put it that way – at least he had a choice. We did something wrong, that It was certainly not his fault. We didn’t lose because of the referee, even if he played a major role in it, “said the goalscorer at the meanwhile 2-1 from Rotterdam.

Star coach Dick Advocaat also saw blatant referee mistakes, but the 73-year-old emphasizes: “We didn’t lose because of the referee. It’s our own fault that we lost. I already know that it is difficult to make such questionable decisions But we played very badly in the first half and slept a few times. “

Advocaat: “referee a drama”

Advocaat can’t resist a swipe at Jovanovic: “But yes, this man (the referee, note) was a drama. Two of the three penalties were certainly unjustified. But it makes no sense to scold the referee. We should have Should have played smarter. After the connecting goal we should not only have made the 2-2, but also the 3-2. “

Feldhofer also comments on the referee’s performance, for the WAC coach the controversial decision in favor of the Carinthians can be explained with the luck of the capable.

“I haven’t seen the TV pictures yet. But live the first two were very clear to me. The third it was a collision, but there was more than one contact. (…) We just know our situation “We have often been caught very hard in the last few weeks and have been punished with very, very little by our opponents. Today it was perhaps a little different,” said the WAC trainer happily about the break free in Rotterdam.

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