Another first this afternoon, I’m off to see my first Austrian Football cup match. Austria Wien is hosting Austria Lustenau in the quarter finals. Austria Lustenau is currently third in the Austrian 1st League table and as it happens I recently saw them beaten 3:0 by First Vienna in a league match.
H is coming with me for the game, also her first cup match and first Austria Wien game in this second half of the season. We will off course be watching the game with C and the rest of our little group of Wien regulars but I’m told that for cup matches, such as this, the crowd is likely to be small.
Given the difference in the quality of the two teams this should be a home win but cup games can throw-up surprises. However, we’ll head for the ground expecting nothing less than a win for Austria Wien.
Last weekend’s league match against Mattersburg was the first occasion since my return to Austria that the team have lost a home match with me in attendance. It was a frustrating game with the opposition creating only two chances (scoring 1 goal) and collecting 7 yellow cards. Once gain watching Mattersburg I was struck by just how big a team they are. Not one of the players was less than 6’2 and they are officially the tallest team in Europe. Their coach, I understand, claims that this was not a deliberate transfer policy strategy. Despite losing Austria Wien remain top of the league.