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Sturm coach Vogel promised full risk for Ajax return match

On Wednesday, Sturm Graz will make a run for the next round of the Champions League qualifiers in the return leg. However, the runner-up needs a particularly good day after the defeat in Amsterdam.

Graz – Sturm-Graz coach Heiko Vogel has announced a risk for the second qualifying round of the Football Champions League on Wednesday against Ajax Amsterdam. The Grazers are going into their home game with the burden of a 0:2 defeat.

“We’ll try everything we can,” Vogel promised at his closing press conference on Tuesday. “I for myself think that this is only possible with the handbrake released – even at the risk of a counterattack or dangerous situations for us.

Ajax is a top team. Vogel: “Anyone who goes to the stadium tomorrow and thinks we’ll nail them to the wall and keep them away from our goal, without it getting dicey for us, must go to another stadium. The people of Graz hope that their attacking efforts will be rewarded with a goal, unlike Amsterdam”.

Two storm peaks to provide offensive power

Vogel announced a starting formation with two strikers. Who will attack at Philipp Hosiner’s side, the German left open. “The second will definitely not be Philipp Hosiner,” Vogel joked. Emeka Eze and Markus Pink, who was successful at the league start on Saturday against Hartberg (3:2) like Hosiner, are possible candidates.

In the midfield, Stefan Hierländer and Peter Zulj, two ÖFB team players, seem to have an open position, which could be against Hartberg Sandi Lovric or Markus Lackner in Amsterdam. Captain Hierländer to withdraw into the defence is not an option for Vogel, because he “can also make the difference offensively”.

The Grazers don’t want to storm from the very beginning, despite the two-gate deficit. “Getting started doesn’t mean that you don’t give a chanterelle to anything else,” Vogel explained. You have to attack well-considered, with deliberation and strategy. But you don’t want to grant Ajax as much possession of the ball as you did in Amsterdam for tactical reasons. Vogel: “There is no tolerance zone there”.

Stefan Hierländer Honours

Austrian Football Bundesliga (2):

  • 2012, 2014 with Red Bull Salzburg

Austrian Cup (2):

  • 2012, 2014 with Red Bull Salzburg
  • 2018 with Sturm Graz

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Heat as an advantage for Graz?

Should the opportunity arise, Sturm wants to attack early. The landlords also hope that the great heat, which will still prevail in Graz in the evening, could accommodate them. “I think I have agreed that we have the better energy reserves,” Vogel said. Especially since the Dutch runner-up has not yet completed such a long preparation as the Austrian.

Hosiner also hopes that it could be too hot for the Dutch in Graz. “I think that Ajax is the better soccer team,” said the former Austria Goalgetter, who has returned to Austria after four years abroad. “Everything that’s a bit atypical in a football match, we take. A thunderstorm can come for all I care – anything we see an opportunity for, we take.”

Hosiner himself feels physically well in shape despite a somewhat shortened preparation. With his winning goal against Hartberg, he has once again regained his self-confidence. “I’m ready for tomorrow to walk 90 or 120 minutes against Ajax,” assured the 29-year-old. “I’m at 100 percent and I think my teammates will be, too.

Vogel sees “Game of the Year” – for the time being

The appropriate respect for Ajax is there. “But we want to show that this is our stadium,” Hosiner stressed. With a 1-0 lead, a lot could suddenly be possible again. That’s how his coach sees it. But Vogel only wanted the second leg, which has been sold out for weeks, to be understood as the “Game of the Year” to the extent that it is the next one. After that the league appearance on Saturday in Innsbruck is again the “game of the year”. Huge Slots Casino has a huge collection of exciting slots on offer.

Winger Jakob Jantscher will still be missing. “It is a very tough healing process”, Vogel said about his edema in his lower leg. “He must remain patient. I hope he will continue to be so positive”. With the exception of the ex-team player, Vogel against Ajax can draw from the full.

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Miracles of Graz did not happen: Storm against Ajax clearly eliminated

The Champions League will take place without Sturm Graz. The Styrians had to admit defeat to the favourite from Amsterdam in the setback.

Graz – Sturm Graz failed in the second round of the Football Champions League qualification. The ÖFB Cup winner lost 1:3 at home with goals from Klaas Jan Huntelaar (39., 77.) and Dusan Tadic (48.) respectively an own goal from Keeper Andre Onana (89.) and was eliminated with a total score of 1:5.

For the Styrians, it is now one week in the third Europa League qualifying round against the winner from Dundalk against Larnaka continues. Ajax fights against Standard Liège for a place in the Champions League play-off.

Dusan Tadic Honours

Vojvodina

  • Serbian Cup runner-up: 2006–07, 2009–10

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  • EFL Cup runner-up: 2016–17

Individual

  • Eredivisie top assists: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season: 2009–10
  • Serbian Player of the Year: 2016
  • Premier League Milestones Award: 100 matches

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Far from sensation

Storm was miles away from the hoped-for sensation after the 2-0 win in the first duel. Ajax took command from the outset and became dangerous for the first time in the fifth minute when Dario Maresic interfered with a Tadic chop. Five minutes later Huntelaar found his champion in Jörg Siebenhandl.

The goalie from Graz rescued Huntelaar again in the 27th minute, but was beaten by the ex-Schalke-Goalgetter in the 39th minute. After a cross from David Neres, Huntelaar took the ball down with his chest in the sixteenth and did not hit the following volley optimally, but well enough to sink the ball into the long corner.

This goal at the latest was the last of the runners-up’s hopes of promotion, but before that, Sturm had never really got off the ground against the technically superior Dutch. The only significant goal approach of the Grazer before the 0:1 was a Schlenzer of Stefan Hierländer clearly over the goal (24.), with a long shot of the ÖFB-Internationalen in the 45th minute had at least Tormann Onana intervene. Shortly before that, Siebenhandl had thwarted promising opportunities for Neres and Huntelaar. Dream Jackpot brings a fresh and unique approach to the world of online casino play.

Second goal finally bursts dreams

However, just two minutes after the restart, the storm keeper fished the ball out of the net again. After a Noussair Mazraoui Stangl pass, Tadic had no trouble getting the ball from the five into the goal. The hosts responded in the 50th minute with their best chance in the entire game – after Emeka Eze’s presentation, substitute Markus Pink Goalie Onana shot from close range, a few seconds later Sandi Lovric thundered the ball far beside the Ajax case.

Subsequently, the more than 15,000 spectators in the sold-out Merkur Arena saw a match with test character for the Dutch, in which Maximilian Wöber was exchanged in the 75th minute. The ex-Rapidler played an ideal pass to Huntelaar for about two minutes on the pitch, who did not miss the opportunity to play a double pack. A curious own goal by Onana, who put a return pass from Matthijs de Ligt into his own goal, meant only result cosmetics (89th).

The Dutch record champion thus managed a rise again against an Austrian team after his elimination against Salzburg and Rapid. Sturm, on the other hand, must now wait for the fourth participation in the Champions League, the first since 2000/01.