subordinate FC Salzburg We came very close to entering the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time. The Austrian series champions celebrated their 3-1 home win against Wolfsburg on Day Three of the First Division at the all-sold-out Red Bull Arena, temporarily extending their lead in the table. Noah Okafor has become the man of the game with a double pack.
Wolfsburg finds the perfect solution for Salzburg’s lightning start
Protectors of Matthias Gisele started the match against Wolverhampton with great determination and took the lead after just three minutes: Kamara played on Seewald, who found plenty of space in the midfield and sent Karim Adeyemi with a sharp flat pass. The wanted young striker perfectly separated from Mbabo, remained cold in front of goal and left VFL goalkeeper Castells no chance to defend – 1-0 (third). In the 12th minute, Okafor had a great opportunity to make the score 2-0, but only hit the crossbar.
Three minutes later, the guests from Lower Saxony managed to equalize with their first opportunity to score: record specialist Maximilian Arnold brought in a corner kick from the right to the five, where Nemesha, who replaced the injured Wiegost today, managed a vertical duel. The skin in the far corner is directed. The Salzburg goalkeeper did not come out determined enough.
After the equalizer, the pressure from the Austrian champions eased a bit and so the VfL team was able to break free and create dangerous moments for themselves. Shortly before the break, Wolfsburg goalkeeper Castels was able to distinguish himself with a superb defense by foot at the all-sold Red Bull Arena, thus preventing Suchic from scoring.
Noah Okafor makes the bullring vibrate
The first highlight after the second half was provided by Karim Adeyemi, who was again as strong as a bear, who tried it spectacularly with his heel after a corner kick, but Castells was in position and turned the ball over the bar (56). Two minutes later, Maxines Lacroix managed to make Sucic’s shot in front of the goal line (58th position).
The hosts remained on the trigger and took the lead again in the 65th minute: the turn kicked Susic’s corner into Noah Okafor, who turned the fastest a few meters in front of the goal and fired from close range – 2: 1. In the last quarter of the hour, the Swiss scored another goal, and thus took Decision: Wolfsburg defended disastrously from a corner kick from Sucic, initially freeing Bernardo with his head before Okafor hit the ball completely empty in front of goal and fired it from close range. Balanced goal – 3:1 (77).
In the 85th minute, Castells blocked a goal from Adeyemi with another great foot defense. In the end, the Mozartstadt residents secured their second home win of the Champions League season with confidence over time.
UEFA Champions League, third round
Salzburg – Wolfsburg 3:1 (1:1)
Red Bull Arena, Salzburg. 29,520 spectators (all sold out); SR Orsato (ITA)
rip: Adeyemi (3.), Okafor (65., 77.) bzw. Shots on goal (15.)
FC Salzburg: Kuhn-Christensen, Onegin, Whopper (72./Bernardo), Olmer (87./Guando) – Sochik, Camara (66./Cabaldo), Aronson, Siwald-Okafor (87./Simic), Adeyemi (87./ / Adamo)
Wolfsburg VFL: Castells – Mbabeau, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon (70. / Ottavio) – Franks, Arnold – Baku (70. / Nmecha), Lukebakio, Steffen – L. Nmecha
yellow cards: Camara, Capaldo bzw. Arnold Mbabwe
By Daniel Ringsmouth, Photos: FC Red Bull Salzburg via Getty Images
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