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Let the games begin: Austrian local football is back

SC Kittsee and SC Parndorf score seven goals between them in an exciting friendly match, 4:3 in Kittsee’s favour. It’s great to have football and public events back. Everyone was happy to be able to see their friends and neighbours again.

Breakaway by Manuel Frey who dominated SC Parndorf up front with slippery moves
Jozef Szombat handles a high ball
Jozef Szombat handles a high ball
Dangerous shot on goal by Jozef Sombat
Dangerous shot on goal by Jozef Sombat
Manuel Frey drives the ball into the net at short range
Manuel Frey was a revelation on the attack, slipping past defenders many times and scoring.
Jozef Sombat darts ahead of Parndorf defenders
There’s almost no one who can keep up with Jozef Sombat.
Jozef Sombat chased by Parndorf’s Thomas Lamster
Jozef Sombat enjoyed many breaks down both sides. One quick move, a good kick of the ball ahead and it’s off to the races.
High Header
Jozef Sombat leaping high for a header
Nifty dribbling
Manuel Frey outmanoevers Christoph Schneider by Parndorf net
Dietmann drives on net
Patrick Dietmann fights his way past Lukas Hoffman
Headbutted by Hoffman
Patrick Dietmann headbutted by SC Parndorf defender Lukas Hoffman. If a normal tackle won’t work, put your head in like a linebacker.
Marko pours on the speed
Mario Marko overtakes Julian Gollowitzer
Marko outruns Parndorf
Mario Marko outmanoevers Parndorf defender
Pavol Bellas header to score
Pavol Bellas scores with a header off of a neat Mario Marko cross. Sometimes it is the camera which lets you down. Picked up focus on background instead of on Bellas or the ball.
Marko breakaway
Mario Marko zipping down the left side before a big save by Samuel Luntzer
Daniel Klinkhammer fights for ball
Daniel Klinkhammer survives an assault by Thomas Lamster and company
Hoffman header
Lukas Hoffman heads the ball at the Kittsee net manned by Peter Barinec
Pavol Bellas sharp shot from wing
Pavol Bellas sends another dangerous shot towards Parndorf netkeeper Samuel Luntzer
Pavol Bellas in the fast lane
Pavol Bellas overtakes Lukas Eisenbarth in a race for the bar in front of Kittsee coach Franz Ziniel
Pavol Bellas breaks down left flank
Pavol Bellas outruns Lukas Eisenbarth with the ball
Pavol Bellas drives on net
Pavol Bellas carries the ball single handedly the length of the field
Pavol Bellas scores almost single handedly
Pavol Bellas scores from in front Parndorf net after eluding the entire Parndorf defence
Jozef Sombat cross falls to Pavol Bellas
Jozef Sombat cross to Pavol Bellas in front of Parndorf net
Sun sets on an exciting exhibition game
Early evening sun after an exciting summer exhibition game
Happy Franz Ziniel
Thumbs up from Franz Ziniel after SC Kittsee scores four goals.

The team looks good. Manuel Frey is very solid in the center. Pavol Bellas is a real multi-purpose threat in this league, both as a solid tackling mid-fielder and a dangerous forward. Jozef Sombat runs like a gazelle, while Mario Marko is as quick and slippery as ever. Timing is still off on both teams, defenders were sometimes not picking up their marks. It’s exhibition season after all. It was good to see the game played almost without injury. There were a few dramatic dives, but how could it be otherwise after everyone in Europe has just watched Spain, Italy, France and Portugal play for the last month in Euro 2020. Referee Rene Radl called a solid game, neither encouraging dramatics nor allowing dangerous tackles. Kittsee is very fortunate to have two very solid netminders backing up their defence.

PS. There’s more photos of Kittsee forwards and mid-fielders than defenders due to where I was on the pitch and the limits of a 70-200mm. It’s hard to cover the whole field solo. On that note, while the players need some exhibition games, so do the photographers. The last game I shot was in October 2020. It’s been almost a year without a game.

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