Rapid keep last-32 hopes alive

Rapid Vienna boosted their hopes of making the Europa League knockout stage with a 2-1 win over FC Thun 2-1 in Group H in Austria.

Last Updated: 28/11/13 at 22:24 Post Comment

Branko Boskovic: Rapid star shields ball from Julien Gorius

Branko Boskovic: Rapid star shields ball from Julien Gorius

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Goals from Terrence Boyd and Branko Boskovic helped move Rapid a point behind second-placed Dynamo Kiev as they claimed their first win of the campaign.

The two teams meet in the final match in the group in Ukraine in two weeks' time.

Bottom side Thun, however, have no chance of progressing.

Thun briefly threatened to snatch an undeserved draw when Berat Sadik brought them level in the 61st minute, but Boskovic's winner came three minutes later and helped settle any home nerves.

Rapid made the breakthrough in the 17th minute when Boyd provided a low, close-range finish to Marcel Sabitzer's ball in from the left.

The hosts' lead looked comfortable throughout the rest of the first half as Thun rarely threatened.

And the Austrians continued to hold the upper hand in the second half, Christopher Dibon getting a shot away only to see it blocked by defender Fulvio Sulmoni.

Sabitzer then had a right-footed effort from the right tipped round a post by Guillaume Faivre.

Thun equalised against the run of play in the 61st minute as Sadik bundled home Enrico Schirinzi's ball across goal, despite mishitting his finish.

But Rapid were back in front three minutes later, Boskovic firing high into the net from Guido Burgstaller's cross from the right.

Dominik Starkl forced Faivre into a save with his feet as Rapid looked to extend their lead, but they had their own keeper Jan Novota to thank at the death.

Novota parried away a Sadik shot from inside the area to ensure his side held on to all three points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Thursday, 18 September 2014
20:05
Young Boys 5-0 Slovan  
Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg Report
S Bucuresti 6-0 Aalborg  
Fiorentina 3-0 Guingamp  
Leg Warsaw 1-0 Lokeren  
Lille 1-1 Krasnodar  
Metalist 1-2 Trabzonspor  
Napoli 3-1 Sp Prague  
PAOK S'nika 6-1 Dinamo Minsk  
Rio Ave 0-3 Dynamo Kiev  

Footer 365

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Premier League: Frank Lampard haunts Chelsea as he earns Manchester City earn 1-1 draw

Frank Lampard stepped off the bench to score against his former club and salvage a 1-1 draw for Man City at home to Chelsea.

Premier League: Frank Lampard has mixed emotions after scoring against Chelsea

Frank Lampard was almost speechless after scoring the equaliser for his Manchester City side in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Mail Box

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property