Dundalk FC 1-3 Rapid Wien
Dundalk suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Austrian outfit Rapid Wien at the Dublin Arena on Thursday night.
Rapid had the better start and had their first effort inside five minutes when Taxiarchas Fountas fired wide of the target when he was free on the edge of the area.
The lead goal would come on 11 minutes though when Christoph Knasmullner was let roam free 30 yards from goal and he fired a stunning shot to the top left hand corner out of the reach of Gary Rogers.
Fountas again had a chance to score and this time he got his effort on target but it was palmed away by Rogers.
As the match approached the 20th minute, the Lilywhites had their first effort on goal when Michael Duffy showed impressive quick feet to get the ball free but his shot was saved by the goalkeeper down to his left.
Rapid almost made it 2-0 when Ercan Kara’s free-kick took a deflection on target however Rogers was again equal to it.
Kara and Barac had two quickfire efforts just after the half hour mark and it looked certain that the latter would find the net but both sent their efforts wide.
Kara did get his goal with just under 10 minutes to go before the break when he ghosted brilliantly in between Sean Hoare and Sean Gannon to find himself free to head home Thorsten Schick’s cross from the right hand side.
Stefan Colovic almost responded immediately for Dundalk when he got his head on a Gannon cross but it went miles wide.
Dundalk upped the tempo in the second half and had a golden opportunity to get back in the game when Barac fouled substitute Daniel Kelly in the box and was awarded a penalty.
Fellow substitute Nathan Oduwa stepped up but sent it to the left and wide.
They were to be punished for that as just before the hour mark it would be 3-0 when Schick fed Kara again and he curled a superb effort past Rogers to find the net.
The Lilywhites did get another chance from the spot to grab their goal when Oduwa was fouled.
Chris Shields stepped up and made no mistake to make it 3-1.
It was almost 3-2 when Greg Sloggett had an effort blocked in the box when he got free while at the other end, Gannon was to the rescue when Schick struck and the follow up was clawed away by Rogers after a wonderful effort from Kitagawa.
Kelly forced a good save from Gartler as he struck to the near post but the goalkeeper pushed it away.
Oduwa finished the night by blazing the ball over the bar after a neat cut back from Duffy with the goal gaping.
That was the final action as Dundalk fell to their fourth defeat in the group.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare (Daniel Kelly 46), Andy Boyle, Daniel Cleary; Sean Gannon, Chris Shields, Greg Sloggett (Sean Murray 72), Cameron Dummigan (Darragh Leahy 80); Stefan Colovic (Patrick McEleney 46), David McMillan (Nathan Oduwa 46), Michael Duffy.
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Jimmy Corcoran (GK), Brian Gartland, Jordan Flores, John Mountney, Jamie Wynne.
Booked: Dummigan (45), Cleary (82)
Sent off: None.
RAPID WIEN: Paul Gartler; Filip Stojkovic, Maximillian Hofmann (capt), Mateo Barac, Maximillian Ullmann; Christoph Knasmullner (Yusuf Demir 81), Srdjan Grahovac; Ercan Kara (Kohya Kitagawa 66) Thorsten Schick, Taxiarchas Fountas (Lion Schuster 66), Melih Ibrahimoglu (Kelvin Arase 55).
Substitutes not used: Richard Strebinger (GK), Bernhard Unger (GK), Mario Sonnleitner, Deni Alar, Leo Greiml, Lukas Sulzbacher.
Booked: Grahovac (9)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Tamas Bognar.