Rapid Wien crashed out of the UEFA Cup to Osijek on Tuesday night - following goals from Nenad Bjelica and Stjepan Jukic.
"We have to risk everything," Rapid coach Ernst Dokupil said before the game. The comment was reflected in his team selection as the Austrians started with a three-pronged attack consisting of Dejan Savicevic, Gaston Taument and Roman Wallner.
Rapid began at an electrifying pace and could have taken the lead as early as the 9th minute.
But in the 14th minute, with Rapid over-committing men to attack, the Croatian side scored on the break.
Prisc sprinted to a pass down the left wing and his pinpoint cross was headed beautifully into Bjelica´s path by Mitu.
Bjelica´s first shot crashed against the crossbar, but just when it seemed as though Rapid were going to survive the scare, he reacted to send the rebound into the back of the net. For all Rapid´s efforts, they rarely threatened and it was the Croats who looked the more likely team to score. Rapid keeper Ladislav Maier had to save two shots from Mitu before the half-time break.
The second-half took a similar pattern to the first. Osijek were gaining in confidence by the minute and Dokupil, more in desperation than anything else, threw on a fourth striker - Zeljko Radovic, with 20 minutes remaining.
Finally, with 12 minutes to go, Rapid were handed a lifeline. The Romanian referee spotted an infringement in the penalty area. Savicevic had the chance to put the Austrians within one goal of forcing extra time, but his penalty was saved by Balic.
The home side knew that they had missed their big chance and immediately seemed to concede the tie to Osijek.
The Croatians rounded off a fantastic night when Jukic, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, scored Osijek´s second goal.
Results from the second round: Club Bruges win 6-1 on aggregate, Rapid Bucharest win 3-1 on aggregate, Ghent win 6-2 on aggregate, Vasas win 4-3 on aggregate after extra time, Heart of Midlothian win 5-0 on aggregate, Celtic win 11-0 on aggregate, Bohemians win on away goals (2-2 on aggregate), Boavista win 5-0 on aggregate, Rijeka win 8-6 on aggregate after extra time, Vorskla Poltava win 4-0 on aggregate, Olimpija Ljubljana win 3-0 on aggregate, HJK Helsinki win 4-3 on aggregate, Basel win 12-1 on aggregate, Beitar Jerusalem win 4-1 on aggregate, Ruch Chorzow win 7-2 on aggregate, Orgryte win 3-1 on aggregate, Partizan Belgrade win 5-3 on aggregate, Amica Wronki win 6-3 on aggregate, CSKA Sofia win 11-2 on aggregate, AB win 9-0 on aggregate, APOEL Nicosia win 5-2 on aggregate, IFK Norrkoping win 4-1 on aggregate, Neftohimik Bourgas win 2-1 on aggregate, Lierse win 7-0 on aggregate, Halmstad win 11-0 on aggregate, AIK win 3-0 on aggregate, Lausanne-Sports win 2-0 on aggregate, Brann win 2-1 on aggregate, Antalyaspor win 7-0 on aggregate, Maccabi Haifa win on away goals (1-1 on aggregate), Lillestrom win 4-0 on aggregate, MTK Hungaria win 5-2 on aggregate, Rapid Vienna win 6-0 on aggregate, Pobeda Prilep win 2-1 on aggregate, Napredak Krusevac win 6-2 on aggregate, Wisla Krakow win 3-1 on aggregate, HIT Gorica 3-2 on aggregate, FK Drnovice win 4-0 on aggregate, Kosice win 4-3 on aggregate, Rayo Vallecano win 16-0 on aggregate, Slovan Bratislava win 4-0 on aggregate.