Didi Kühbauer made a clutch of changes at half-time, and after the restart the Green & Whites quickly forged back ahead: Ivan found Thomas Murg, who picked his spot and beat visiting keeper Arko with a low drive - 2:1 (51.). Just three minutes later Boli Bolingoli was chopped down in the box to earn another penalty, this time Knasmüllner beat Arko at the second time of asking after the keeper had gotten a hand to his initial shot - 3:1 (55.). The plucky guests pulled one back though via a header from Kumar - 3:2 (57.). But Rapid always held the upper hand and went close to adding a fourth through firstly Murg (66.) then Dejan Ljubicic (70.).
It was shortly before the Rapid Viertelstunde that the Hütteldorfers made the game safe: Substitute Philipp Schobesberger picked out Mario Sonnleitner with a delightful cross, the centre back heading Rapid into a two-goal lead - 4:2 (72.). The scoring was rounded off as the game headed for injury time, when a pin-point through ball from Manual Martic found Andrija Pavlovic, only for the Serb to be brought down, earning Rapid a third penalty. Pavlovic took the kick himself, scoring the fifth of the afternoon for Rapid - 5:2 (89.).
The match provided a good work out before the serious business of competitive football returns in the shape of a mouth-watering clash with Italian giants Inter Milan in the Europa League! Rapid!
SK Rapid - NK Triglav Kranj 5:2 (1:1)
Ernst Happel Stadiun, 300 Attendance
Goals: 1:0 Schwab (10./pen), 1:1 Majcan (26.), 2:1 Murg (50.), 3:1 Knasmüllner (55./pen), 3:2 Kumer (56.), 4:2 Sonnleitner (72.), Pavlovic (90./pen);
SK Rapid: Strebinger; Müldür (46. Murg), Dibon, Hofmann (70. Sonnleitner), Bolingoli (74. Auer); Grahovac (46. Martic), Schwab (46. Ljubicic); Thurnwald (40. Potzmann), Knasmüllner (70. Schobesberger), Ivan (77. Alar); Berisha (63. Pavlovic)