Giant shock in the eighth final of the Cup between Blau Weiß Linz and Hartberg: The collapse of the 26-year-old blue-white striker from Ghana, Raphael Dwamena, brought back memories of the drama at the European Championship around the Dane Thomas Eriksen on June 12 in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen will. It suddenly collapsed shortly before the break, was already gone, and the doctors brought it back to life. With Dwamena (picture above) it wasn’t quite as dramatic, but it was a huge shock nonetheless. He plays with a defibrillator because of a weak heart and has only made three appearances this season. However, as a result of a bruise. The defibrillator should have “reported” after about 20 minutes, Dwamena grabbed her chest, shortly afterwards collapsed screaming near the players’ bench. The blue-and-white players formed a circle around him like the Danes around Eriksen back then, and the paramedics were immediately on the field. Referee Andreas Heiß interrupted the match for the time being, but then ended it after consultation with both teams. In Copenhagen, the match was played to an end after a long break, which caused severe criticism.
Dwamena joined the Red Bull Salzburg academy at the age of 19, played for Liefering and moved to Austria Lustenau in 2016. After 22 goals in 21 games, FC Zurich brought him 600,000 euros in 2017. He also scored in Switzerland, so he was about to transfer to England to Brighton / Hove in 2018. However, the medical tests revealed abnormal heart rhythms. Brighton withdrew, Levante still bought it for 6.2 million. In the Spanish La Liga, however, the soaring did not continue. After a year at Real Saragossa, then back to Levante, then moved to Denmark to Vejle. After a six-month break, he started at Blau Weiß Linz on July 1, 2021. Already with a defibrillator. Blau-Weiß managing director Stefan Reiter was able to give the all-clear one hour after the medical emergency: Dwamena was conscious and approachable during hospital treatment. The medical team and the emergency services ensured a perfectly functioning rescue chain. Eriksen was put on a defibrillator the day after the breakdown. He is not allowed to continue his career with Inter Milan, even if that is his intention, in Italy it is forbidden to play with a defibrillator.
The shock of Dwamena surprised everything that usually happened on Wednesday. Also the sensation that Ried achieved in Graz against Sturm with the 2-1 (1-0) away win. Ried had lost the last six duels against the “Blackies”, including 0: 1 in Graz ten days earlier. After six rounds in the Bundesliga without a win, a highlight for interim coach Christian Heindle. Sturm couldn’t cope with the failures of Otar Kiteishvili, Stefan Hierländer and Gregory Wüthrich, and Jakob Jantscher’s connecting gate could no longer ensure the turnaround. A severe setback for Sturm. As expected, defending champion Red Bull Salzburg showed no nakedness in St. Pölten. Despite six failures, captain Andreas Ulmer, Mo Camara and Noah Okafor were given a break, Nicolas Seiwald, Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen were allowed to start on the bench, and Karim Adeyemi only played until the break. But even with Kilian Ludewig, Daouda Guindo, Maurits Kjaergaard, Mamady Diambou and Roko Simic, Salzburg did not get into trouble, but reached the quarter-finals 3-0 (1-0). Mali defender Guindo, Junior Adamu and Kristensen provided the goals. Austria conqueror Kapfenberg failed. Kapfenberg threw the violets out in the penalty shoot-out, on Wednesday the Styrians failed in Vienna at Floridsdorfer AC after a 0-0 penalty shoot-out with 2: 4.
Photo: FotobyHofer / Christian Hofer.