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Ligety got the tiebreaker with five World Cup race wins against Hirscher’s two.

“Felix, I owe a lot of beers,” Ligety said.

Hirscher was smiling later, after watching Ligety and Neureuther roll around the finish-area snow in celebration.

“He is not allowed to travel to Austria. It is over. Just kidding,” Hirscher said of Neureuther’s intervention.

They will renew their rivalry Sunday for the season-long slalom title.

“He is very mad about me so it’s going to be very close,” said Neureuther, who leads Hirscher by five points in the slalom standings. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway is also in contention.

Svindal faded again, extending his disappointing series of results since leaving the Sochi Olympics early, affected by allergies and without a medal. He is not competing in Sunday’s slalom.

“It was a good season but it could have been fantastic,” said Svindal, who won the World Cup titles in downhill and super-G though all but conceded the overall title to Hirscher earlier in the week.

“That was too bad, because I had a really good opportunity to win the biggest thing a ski racer can win,” said Svindal, a two-time former overall champion.

Ligety completed a race double for the U.S. team Saturday, with Mikaela Shiffrin earlier winning her fifth World Cup slalom this season.

The American anthem played four times in quick succession for a crowd of 10,500 at the Swiss venue - twice each for Ligety and Shiffrin’s race and season title victories.

The Austrian anthem will dominate Sunday, when Hirscher and Fenninger get their giant crystal globes.