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Enock Mwepu on target, Patson assists as Salzburg thrash Rapid Wien

The Zambian midfield ace moved from zero to hero after an unfortunate slip led to Rapid Wien taking the lead before he netted his fourth league to put Salzburg 2-1 up.

Coach Jesse Marsch made four changes to the team with Jerome Onguéne, Patrick Farkas, Masaka Okugawa, and Hee-Chan Hwang making way for Andrea Ramalho, Albert Vallci, Mohammed Camara and Noah Okafor.

Having failed recorded draws in their back to back matchups with Wolfsberger AC, Salzburg was eager to get back to winning ways.

Mwepu nearly put the log leaders in the lead just minutes into the match but his header hit the post. After almost scoring, Mwepu slipped to allow Ercan Kara to a one on one chance with Cican Stankovic and Kara made no mistake putting the ball in the back of the net to put Rapid Wien in the lead.

Three minutes later Salzburg was back on level terms. Dominik Szoboszlai’s corner found Andreas Ulmer unmarked and he unleashed a shot which Mwepu redirected but Knoflach managed to pally the ball back into the pitch, Patson tried to get on the end of it but it was again blocked and fell to Noah Okafor who slotted home with easy, 1-1.

Seven minutes later Enock Mwepu put the Jesse Marsch’s coached side in the lead after some good work from compatriot Patson Daka to hold off a defender and set him up, 2-1. The goal was Mwepu’s fourth in the league and fifth of the season while the match was his 50th Austrian Bundesliga encounter.


The Hungarian teenage sensation took over the show in the 39th minute, first with a beautiful half volley after some good work from Patson Daka with a beautiful cross that was deflected by a Wien defender. Five Minutes later, Albert Vallci headed in Salzburg’s fourth off a Szoboszlai corner.

Salzburg began to run riot and 15 minutes into the second stanza they made it five, with Andrea Ramalho heading in and again from a Szoboszlai corner.

The best goal of the day came 20 minutes into the second half as Zlatko Junuzovic met Szoboszlai’s corner with a sweet strike that hit the upright before bouncing inches after the line and into the roof of the net, a strike worthy watching over and over.


Jerome Onguéné joined the action at half time replacing Max Wöber, Patrick Farkas replaced Ulmer in the 62nd minute, Patson Daka made way for Hee-Chan Hwang a minute later while Karim Adeyemi and Masaka Okugawa came on to play the last 21 minutes replacing Szoboszlai and Ramalho.


Hwang made it 7-1 from the spot after Patrick Farkas was brought down in the 18-yard area. The match was not however done as Onguéné fumbled with a poor pass to Stankovic which was intercepted by Kara who went round Stankovic before setting up Taxiarchis Fountas for a second consolation goal, 7-2 the match finished.


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One Comment to Enock Mwepu on target, Patson assists as Salzburg thrash Rapid Wien

  1. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    The Austrian title and a goalscoring record are in our sights. When the Red Bulls host TSV Hartberg on Sunday afternoon, all eyes in Austrian football will be on Salzburg. We have it in our own hands – as a win would seal the Tipico Bundesliga title for us. That alone would secure our place in the history books. There are other reasons our campaign might grace their pages, however – in an incredible season that was longer and packed with more goals than usual. Our 99 goals is the third most of any side in a single season in the Austrian top flight. Only Rapid Vienna in 1985/86 – with 101 goals – and us back in 2013/14, with 110 goals, have scored more. That was after 36 matches too.

    First things first though. We need a win on Sunday. That won’t be easy at all, as Hartberg have an impressive away record. In the championship group they are the only team to have won all three of their away matches. Hartberg have not won any of their five meetings with us in the Austrian Bundelsiga, however, and they have lost four, conceding 4.2 goals on average.

    Albert Vallci said it nicely in an interview after the big win at Rapid Vienna – we really believe we can take the title now. That reflects the confidence we have in our own ability. How could we not hold our heads up high after such a great win, after all? Set pieces have become a new weapon for our Red Bulls – we scored five goals from them in Vienna. Our set-piece master Dominik Szoboszlai is meanwhile continuing his imperious form, with the Hungarian now having five goals and just as many assists since the restart.

    In addition to the usual rotation, the returns of Rasmus Kristensen and Sekou Koita should give us some added freshnees.

    Live commentary of the match can be heard on Sunday from 16:50 CET on our Bullenfunk radio service.

    Out due to injury is Antoine Bernede (ankle operation).

    Jesse Marsch on …

    … the challenges to expect in the Hartberg match:

    I have to compliment Hartberg and Markus Schopp, as they have played very good, very brave football in the championship round. We expect to face a strong team again on Sunday, dangerous in possession and off the ball. There were a lot of difficult moments the last time we played them, despite our 6-0 win. We need fresh legs and a good performance if we are to succeed on Sunday.

    … the energy in the team at the moment:

    They have been four long weeks for us since the restart, and they have been very demanding. The concentration and motivation are generally very high though, so the workload hasn’t let to any stress. We always give our absolute all, which is a key reason for our current success. We need to keep it up though.

    Andre Ramalho on …

    … the clash with TSV Prolactal Hartberg:

    We are aware that Hartberg haven’t dropped a single point away in the championship round. We will approach it as we always do though, as it’s always our aim to win the next match. We want to do that on Sunday too. In the end the performance that we put in will count. I am confident that we will play well again on Sunday.

    … the situation in the table:

    I don’t really have the table in mind at the moment. We know of course that we are ahead of LASK, but we don’t know exactly how big the gap is. Our aim is just to win every match. Then we will look at the points.

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