Brenden Aaronson and RB Salzburg saw their unbeaten run come to a screeching halt over the weekend as they were defeated by Thomas Roberts and Austria Klagenfurt in Austrian Bundesliga action.
Austria Klagenfurt 2-1 RB Salzburg
RB Salzburg suffered their first loss of the season as they were sucker-punched by Austria Klagenfurt at the Wothersee Stadion.
Brenden Aaronson started and played 61 minutes for the defending champions, while his counterpart on the other side, Thomas Roberts, played the final 13 minutes for Klagenfurt.
The hosts had the first opportunity on the night as Aaronson ripped a shot from the edge of the area, but Klagenfurt goalkeeper Phillip Menzel was able to parry the ball away.
Salzburg tried to maintain control of the game, but that changed at the half-hour mark when Daoudo Guindo was dispossessed of the ball at midfield, leading to a Klagenfurt counter-attack. Markus Pink led the charge before passing the ball into the path of Turgay Gemicibasi to slot home.
The opening goal only boosted the confidence of the hosts while Salzburg scrambled to grab the equalizer. They thought they had it a few minutes later when Benjamin Sesko thought he had scored following a cross from Rasmus Kristensen. However, it was ruled out as the Sesko was ruled offside by a foot.
In the second half, Salzburg thought they had won a penalty when Luka Sucic was tripped up by Gemicibasi. The referee had initially pointed to the spot, but after a review from the video assistant referee, it was later ruled a free kick.
The visitors pushed hard for the goal, but it would be Klagenfurt that doubled their lead in the 80th minute when Patrick Greil played a through-ball to Pink whose shot went through the hands of Salzburg goalkeeper Philipp Kohn.
Kristensen grabbed a consolation goal in stoppage time as the champions were left frustrated on the night.
Despite their first loss of the season, Salzburg remains atop of the standings with a comfortable 12-point lead over their nearest rivals.
Down in the 2. Liga, Ulysses Llanez scored the only goal of the game at St. Polten came away with the 1-0 win over Rapid Wien II.