Salzburg struggling for form
- Mon 08 Nov 2010, 12:09PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Salzburg's shaky season shows no sign of finally firming up as the creaking Austrians contemplate their Europa League visit to the City of Manchester Stadium next month.
Their 1-0 defeat at Wiener Neustadt - Salzburg's first-ever loss to their less illustrious opponents - was their first setback in four away games but allowed Wiener to leapfrog the champions into fifth place.
Austria midfielder Patrick Wolf snapped up the winner in the 27th minute of the Red Bulls' seventh game in 21 days. They have plenty to do at home before hitting the road for the Group A game on December 1.
Lech Poznan also went down to the only goal of the game against Ruch Chorzow, and despite changing their coach last week, the Poles - now bossed by Spaniard Jose Bakero - are mired in a relegation place.
Lukasz Janoszka's goal just after the hour mark leaves the defending Ekstraklasa champions struggling in 15th and brought a rude end to their mini-revival, which included that 3-1 victory over the Blues last Thursday night.
Ominously for City, Juventus - our hosts in the final group game on December 16 - appear to have hit title form in Serie A and are now chasing leaders Lazio hard for the Scudetto.
Their 3-1 win over strugglers Cesena kept Juve in fourth place as Lazio slipped up 2-0 in the Rome derby, and they will be aiming to reduce the leaders' four-point cushion further on Wednesday at Brescia.
Cesena took the lead but Alessandro del Piero levelled from the penalty spot and after Max Pellegrino was sent off for the visitors, Fabio Quagliarella and substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta made sure of the points.