Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg celebrated, on Wednesday, a historic success in the Champions League. The Bulls won 1-0 at home against Sevilla FC, making them the first home team to reach the Round of 16 in the First Division.
The sensation is great, a piece of Austrian football history has been written: Red Bull Salzburg are in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time and will play for fame and honor in the spring as one of the 16 best teams in Europe – and even over a million euros. .
When the temperature was below zero in Wals-Siezenheim, Seville policemen gave a hot dance on Wednesday night and sent the four-times Europa League winner and current La Liga runner-up – unbelievable, but true – home empty-handed. . Salzburg won 1-0 (0-0) in front of empty rows at the Red Bull Arena and finished the equally balanced Group G in First Division football as runners-up, which UEFA had awarded €12.4 million (€2.8 million). ). For victory 9.6 million to go up) is rewarded. The group winner was French champions Lille with a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, and Sevilla will continue to play in the Europa League after the end of the year.
This was the third promotion “final” for Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. In 2019 they failed at Liverpool, in 2020 at Atletico Madrid, each after a 0-2 defeat at home. But in front of FC Sevilla, the young bulls showed a very mature performance, the combination of risks on the front and protection at the back was perfectly chosen by coach and tactical fox Matthias Gisele. In the eighteenth Champions League match in the era of Red Bull, Salzburg did not concede a goal for the first time.
Mounir missed the best chance for Seville, who did not shoot in the 48th minute with a five-meter header at Paul’s goalkeeper Philip Cohen, but only hit the crossbar. Salzburg acted more focused in the end and that was ultimately decisive for the match in the few goal zone scenes: striker Noah Okafor scored 1-0 in the 50th minute after a perfect pass from Adeyemi and Stangl. Then all the dikes were broken, and the grief of the deserted stadium gave way to emotional exception. Players, substitutes and the entire apparatus cheered for Okafor amid a large crowd on the field.
The match was balanced as was the first half, and the match went smoothly for Red Bull Salzburg. Because in the 64th minute Joan Jordan of Seville was sent off the field due to repeated bad play in yellow and red. In numerical superiority, the bulls played their “game of the year” in a remarkably cruel fashion, only to accept them after the final whistle just before 11 pm and to celebrate their historic success with great enthusiasm.
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