ÖFB Cup quarterfinals: Sturm challenges Salzburg in the absolute top duel
King football is back and finally awakening from hibernation. At the start of the second half of the season, SK Sturm Graz will have to deal with the league croesus from Salzburg. But if you want to win the ÖFB Cup, you usually have to get past the series champion sooner or later anyway.
STYRIA. A seemingly never-ending winter break is finally over and Austrian football can look forward to a real treat. Salzburg receive Storm and the omens for Graz are good, because they are unbeaten against the Bulls this season. In Liebenau you appear dominant and win thanks to a Rasmus Hojlund– Gala. In Wals-Siezenheim they were more than equal to Salzburg and fought a draw.
Pain is the loss of black and white Wilhelm Boeving, which man will have to do without for a long time. Youngsters too Moritz Wels was cancelled. captain Stefan Hierlander on the other hand, has already trained with the team again and is available for the cup hit. Also the two promising newcomers Bryan Teixeira and Arthur Okonkwo should be in the squad. SK Sturm Graz definitely strengthened selectively in the winter.
It remains to be seen whether the same can be said about Salzburg, because with the chief of defense Maximilian Wober you lose an important support. In terms of quality Jerome Onguene, who was loaned out by Frankfurt, will probably not be able to keep up with the Austrian international. The question of how the transfer of millions will be all the more exciting Oscar Glouch incorporated into the team. However, it is probably too early for him to play in the cup game against Sturm.
The dream of winning the cup
In the last two cup victories of Graz, the Salzburg hurdle always had to be overcome, both games can probably be described as historic. On the one hand those in Driving snow from Liebenau in 2010 when Roman Kienast worth seeing in his debut in black and white scored two to zero. And on the other hand, of course, the 2018 cup final, when you could turn the page over the probably best performance of a strike team in recent years and Stefan Hierländer scored the gold goal to win the cup.
Tension is in the air
Excitement is not only in the air because of the top game, but also because of the behavior of those responsible in Salzburg ticket sales. Many Sturm aficionados could not understand this, because despite great interest, at least on the part of Graz, the stadium will only be used to a third. the away sector was sold out in record time and tickets on the long side are not given to storm fans, probably because they are afraid of facing a black and white crowd of fans.
Thus & many viewers follow the game in front of the TV sets. football fans can expect a high-class party after the big storm Dream of Cuspieg want to be one step closer.
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