Rapid Wien 4-3 Dundalk FC
It was heartbreak in Vienna for Dundalk as the Lilywhites went down 4-3 to Rapid in an entertaining UEFA Europa League clash.
Dundalk made the dream start in the 8th minute when a wonderful ball from Sean Hoare found Sean Gannon. He showed his experience and awareness to lay it off to Chris Shields.
His cross was superb and onto the head of Patrick Hoban who found the bottom left corner past the goalkeeper.
Knasmullner almost levelled moments later when he ghosted in between our centre-halves but his header flashed inches wide of the post.
The hosts did level though in the 22nd minute when their captain Dejan Ljubicic let fly from 35 yards and the ball went past Aaron McCarey to the net.
It was almost 2-1 to Dundalk though when Jordan Flores cleverly picked out Michael Duffy who got in behind but his shot was blocked when through on goal.
Ercan Kara had two quickfire chances just before the break when first his free-kick went harmlessly wide of the target before he forced a brilliant save from McCarey after a volley from close range.
Rapid opened the second half on the front foot again when Petrovic had a goalbound shot deflected inches wide of the post.
The match began to open up and it was Hoban next who had a shot blocked while at the other end Knasmullner got in but his shot was straight at McCarey.
Duffy had a glorious chance to put us in front again and got a super volley away when in behind but he could only find the side netting.
Schick had an effort blocked as the ball broke to him on the edge of the area and he moved further in with the next attack but his shot was blocked by Shields.
Sonnleitner had a looping header look goalbound but McCarey did well to push it round the post.
Rapid did get the goal to put them in front when Kelvin Arase headed into an empty net when McCarey palmed a shot right to him.
The Lilywhites responded in wonderful fashion though when Nathan Oduwa got free and fed it to David McMillan who was fouled in the box by Sonnleitner and the referee pointed to the spot.
McMillan stepped up and scored despite the hand of Gartler.
It was almost 3-2 to the visitors moments later when Greg Sloggett had a free header but he sent it inches wide at point blank range.
Filippo Giovagnoli’s men were made to rue those misses when Hofmann rose highest in a sea of bodies to nod past McCarey to make it 3-2.
When Dundalk tried to find an equaliser they threw bodies forward and were left exposed which left Yusuf Demir free on the edge of the area to stroke the ball to the net for 4-2 in the final minute.
In the final minute of injury-time, Oduwa got into the area after some direct running and he was fouled for a second penalty.
McMillan took and put it away but that was the last kick of the game as Dundalk fell to a 4-3 defeat.
RAPID WIEN: Paul Gartler; Filip Stojkovic, Maximillian Hofmann, Mateo Barac (Mario Sonnleitner 54); Thorsten Schick, Dejan Ljubicic (capt), Dejan Petrovic (Srdan Grahovac 72), Maximillian Ullman; Christoph Knasmullner (Yusuf Demir 72); Ercan Kara, Kelvin Arase.
Substitutes not used: Richard Strebinger (GK), Niklas Hedl (GK), , Deni Alar, Leo Greiml, Koya Kitagawa, Lukas Sulzbacher, Melih Ibrahimoglu.
Booked: Hofmann (18), Stoikjovic (27), Sonnleitner (81), Schick (89)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Aaron McCarey; Sean Hoare, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle; Sean Gannon (John Mountney 65), Jordan Flores (Sean Murray 76), Chris Shields (capt), Michael Duffy, Darragh Leahy; Michael Duffy (Nathan Oduwa 72), Patrick Hoban (76).
Substitutes not used: Gary Rogers (GK), Jimmy Corcoran (GK), Brian Gartland, Stefan Colovic, Jamie Wynne, Daniel Kelly.
Booked: Hoare (28), Cleary (45), Dummigan (83), Giovagnoli (90)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann