He came, saw, felt the lawn and crossed himself – in Vienna-Hütteldorf, in the Allianz Stadium, where the Hanappi Stadium used to be.

If Didi Kühbauer was a big name as a Rapidler and is now a coach, it was for the violet arch-rival Austria Toni Polster, now the coach of Wr. Victoria.

Quite a few had written “Gemma Toni look” on the flags. The sensation in the first round of the ÖFB Cup did not turn out to be anything – Rapid prevailed 6-0 (2-0) at home (match report >>>).

The thoroughbred striker scored twelve goals for Austria against Rapid in the 1980s. This time he had to watch helplessly as his regional league boys were over-motivated and took themselves out of the game early on.

Green and white connections, “but the result is way too high”

With President Roman Gregory and Vice President Nurten Yilmaz, there are certainly green-white sympathizers in the Victoria leadership. The Alkbottle singer is an avowed Rapid fan, even dedicated his green and whites specially composed songs and proudly marched through the stadium with a Victoria and a Rapid scarf. Yilmaz is even a member of the “Ultras” and sits as a spokesperson on the Hütteldorfer Ehtikrat.

But back to the sporty side: Because that is definitely not related to the fact that the Meidlingers let the butter be taken off their bread early on. In the ninth minute Akanda Ullmann put in the penalty area, Kara made the rapid dream start with a penalty.

And then there was the six-minute performance by Viktor Petrovic, who best showed how much Wiener Viktoria wanted to surpass herself, but couldn’t. After a wild foul on Maximilian Hofmann, he saw yellow, six minutes later after an entry against Stojkovic yellow-red.

Then the game was outnumbered. Polster was annoyed by foul decisions, raged on the sideline before he went into hiding for a long time. Shortly before the 4-0, the frustration was too great, yellow for the ÖFB record scorer – to applause from the Rapid fans. The respect for a great red-white-red personality was maintained for over 90 minutes.

“Yes, the result is of course way too high. Also due to the fact that we didn’t get a penalty at 2-0. I don’t know if it was one. It was one for me. Many decisions were made against us,” was Upholstery in the “ORF” was not completely satisfied, which finally lit up on the display board.

Schmäh with Kühbauer did not work

Hard entries were actually not planned, but the two-class difference and the long break in play due to the Corona crisis could be seen in the regional league team.

Often a step too late, often the leg left standing – the Rapidler suffered a lot. Nevertheless, in some situations it could be seen that the Meidlingers can also unpack the fine blade. Even if they were outnumbered, there was one or the other counter chance.

“We always want to play football, and we did that today too. A couple of goals made the defeat too high,” Polster confirms once again.

Before the game there was still the humiliation with his counterpart Kühbauer, to whom he wanted to make an idea palatable. The result tip of the ex-international didn’t quite work out. “I would have liked a 3-2 win for us. But then I began to ponder: Who from Rapid should score two goals?”

A disgrace that doesn’t work out in retrospect, especially when a Rapidler, Christoph Knasmüllner, actually contributed a double pack.

Nice memories, hard present

Polster did its best. The game was over when they were outnumbered. Polster was annoyed by foul decisions, raged on the sideline, before he disappeared for a long time on the dugout and then explosively plowed the sideline again.

In the end it was a nice return to Hütteldorf, where Polster also scored his first international goal – on November 7, 1982 against Turkey.

Reminiscing was just not enough that evening. Wr. Viktoria will still remember the appearance at Rapid for a longer time.

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