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Red Bull Salzburg 1-1 Bayern Munich – Champions League Highlights | Playon99 News



The Bulls were a minute away from making history, but Coman – Lisbon’s savior – came up with an agonizing equalizer. The home side did everything they could to win and in a heartbeat, the chance to beat Bayern Munich slipped away – Playon99 News 

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The Austrian champions almost pulled off an upset in Salzburg: The Austrian champions came close to winning against Bayern Munich, but it was only a last-gasp escape.

The Germans were dominated in the first half and could only score in the 90th minute thanks to Kingsley Coman, the same savior they had in the Champions League 2020.

Bayern had very weak performances from key players such as Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski, who were hardly seen.

In the first half, RB Salzburg, who started as the underdogs, surprised everyone and dominated the first 10 minutes to make it 1-0 on the counter-attack.

The injury to Noah Okafor, a key player for the Austrians along with Karim Adeyemi, seemed to complicate things right at the start of the match, but fortune played a good trick: Chukwubuike Adamu came on in his place and scored the goal.

In the 20th minute, Red Bull went on the counter-attack, the ball fell to Adeyemi for the young German talent to break inside, unload, and Adamu to score with quality at the far post.

With the score at 1-0, Sven Ulreich – on for Neuer’s injury – saved Bayern from a resurgent RB Salzburg.

At 23 years and 242 days, the Red Bull was the youngest starting XI in Champions League play-offs since April 2003 when Ajax faced Milan.

Bayern had all the facts in their favor: they had 22 goals in the group stage and 22 straight Champions League wins under Lewandowski, they had not been held scoreless in any game this season – in the Bundesliga, Cup or Europe – and they had not lost in the Champions League away from home since Ancelotti’s time in charge five years ago.

The second half changed, logically, the panorama, with Bayern Munich more focused, with more desire, but without clear-cut chances.

Coman was the player who created the most danger, but Salzburg survived, not least because players like Lewandowski did not appear throughout the match.

RB Salzburg, moreover, held out incredibly without changes – only with the aforementioned Adama for Okafor – and without receiving any yellow cards. Young goalkeeper Philipp Kohn also had some good saves to make.

Even with ten minutes to go, there was a textbook counterattack after a mistake by Leroy Sané: Adeyemi faced Lucas Hernández and fired a tremendous shot that Ulreich cleared. On the rebound, Adamu shot at goal and Niklas Süle saved 2-0 by a miracle.

Soccer is like that and when you don’t score goals you can pay dearly for it. In the 90th minute, and deservedly so, Coman finished off a loose ball in the box to tie the game.

The Austrian defense had done very well, but a distraction left them empty-handed in a first leg that could have been the stuff of history. Can they give it they’re all in Munich?

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