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Salzburg beats Wolsfburg and leads their group

Salzburg beats Wolsfburg and leads their group

Red Bull Salzburg, led by Okafor, extended their unbeaten record in this Champions League with a suffered victory (3-1) against Wolsfburg that put them on the ropes in the first half and thus consolidate their leadership in the Group G, which it shares with Seville and Lille.

The Austrian team, surrounded by their audience in a stadium that hung the “no tickets” sign, started the game energetically and pushing the front line of pressure far ahead.

This strategy, to which Wolfsburg had no response, paid off quickly, as in minute 2 of the first half, Salzburg wove a quick counterattack that Adeyemi, after a great pass into Seiwald’s hole, sent to the back of the net. Safely.

Matthias Jaissle’s men did not hit the brakes after the goal and tried to take advantage of their great moment to increase the advantage. Okafor was close to getting it in the 12th minute, but his shot, a heads-up against the Belgian goalkeeper, crashed off the crossbar.

Against all odds, and when the German squad was having the worst, the game turned 180 degrees.

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Just three minutes after Okafor’s chance, Arnold threw a corner kick. It seemed harmless, but the young Nmecha took advantage of the Austrian defense’s distraction to lightly brush the ball with his head and score his first goal in the Champions League.

With the electronic draw, the first half took on a different tone, with a Wolsfburg increasingly comfortable with the ball and a Salzburg that, far from recovering the spirit of the first minutes, felt out of place and without an immediate response.

The last bars before the break were very tactical, with both teams intensifying the pressure in the midfield and the chances coming in the last minutes of the first half.

First it was Wolsfburg, who saw Wober rush into the area to avoid a dangerous shot from Nmecha, and then the Austrians, when Casteels saved in the 45th minute a low shot from Sucic preceded by a great play from Okafor.

Without changes in the alienations, the second half started with a tonic in the line of the previous one. Mark van Bommel’s men pressed timidly from the start, but it didn’t take long for them to retreat in defense.

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Salzburg, determined to eradicate their mistakes, overwhelmed the rival area, with a shot by Sucic stopped by Roussillon, first, and a boarding by the skilled Okafor, later, which was cleared on the baseline by Lacroix.

From this last occasion the second and crucial goal of the Austrians was born. Okafor himself, after a series of rebounds after the corner kick thrown by his teammates, finished almost at pleasure in the small area to redeem himself and get the game back on track.

This goal sent the Germans down like a jug of cold water, who slowed down, opened up spaces and watched as Salzburg reached their goal more and more easily.

The icing on the cake was put by the inspired Okafor, who, again after a corner kick, controlled a Bernardo header with his chest unopposed by the defense and shot the rival’s goal in the 77th minute of the game.

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With this result, Salzburg ensures one more day the leadership of group G of the current Champions League with 7 points, regardless of the result of tonight’s duel between Lille (1 point) and Sevilla (2 points).

– Data sheet:

3 – Salzburg: Philipp Kohn; Andreas Ulmer (Guindo, m.86), Max Wober (Bernardo, m.72), Jerome Onguene, Rasmus Kristensen; Nicolas Seiwald, Mohamed Camara (Capaldo, m.66), Brenden Aaronson, Luka Sucic; Karim Adeyemi (Adamu, m.86) and Noah Okafor (Simic, m.86).

1 – Wolfsburg: Casteels; Roussillon (Otavio, m.70), Brooks, Lacroix, Mbabu; Arnold, Vranckx; Steffen, Lukebakio, Baku (F. Nmecha, m.70); L. Nmecha

Goals: 1-0, m.2: Adeyemi. 1-1, m.15: Nmecha. 2-1, m.65: Okafor. 3-1, m.77: Okafor.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy). Camara (m.19) and Capaldo (m.87) were shown yellow by Salzburg; and to Mbabu (m.47) and Arnold (m.84) by Wolfsburg.

Incidents: Match of the third day in group G of the Champions League, played at the Red Bull Arena before 29,520 spectators. EFE (HN)

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