Hirscher celebrates 50th World Cup win with narrow Zagreb triumph

Marcel Hirscher racked up a landmark 50th FIS World Cup win by edging out Austrian compatriot Michael Matt to secure victory in Friday's slalom meet in Zagreb.

World Cup legend Hirscher was trailing Matt after the first run, but improved on his second attempt to record a combined time of one minute and 50.60 seconds.

Matt was last down the slopes and finished an agonising 0.05 secs adrift of Hirscher's combined time and had to settle for second, ahead of Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen.

Hirscher - now a four-time winner in Zagreb - was consequently able to celebrate a memorable triumph, and he is just the fourth man to chalk up a 50th World Cup victory.

He also moves to joint-third on the all-time podium list among men and women with 114, leaving only Ingemar Stenmark and Lindsey Vonn above him.

Hirscher stretches his lead over Kristoffersen - still awaiting a first win this season - in the slalom standings to 59 points.

The Austrian also cements his place atop the overall leaderboard, with Kristoffersen 94 points back.

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