At the start of the group stage in the Champions League, the duel between FC Sevilla and FC Red Bull Salzburg was on the agenda. In a crazy game, the Bulls won a deserved 1: 1 (1: 1) draw at the top Spanish club.
Both teams started at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán like the proverbial fire brigade. The hosts were visually overweight and found the first two good opportunities in En-Nesyri (6th) and Gomez (17th). Red Bull Salzburg was compact in their own half, not pressing nearly as intensely as in the domestic championship, and sought salvation in counterattacks. These were very dangerous. So also in the eleventh minute. Diego Carlos prevented a counterattack by the guests on Adeyemi with a foul. First of all, the offense was determined just outside the penalty area. The VAR stepped in and found that the foul was exactly on the line. So there was a penalty for FC Red Bull Salzburg.
The fouled stepped up and put the ball just next to the goal. In the 20th minute there was the next excitement in front of the goal of the hosts. After a completely unnecessary bump by Jesus Navas against Adeyemi, the referee from Belarus again pointed to the penalty spot. Sucic kept his nerve and scored the 0-1 lead. As a result, Red Bull Salzburg was able to skilfully free itself from the pressure. In the counterattacks, the people of Mozart town were the more dangerous team. So also in the 36th minute. When Sevilla goalkeeper Bounou cleared Salzburg striker Adeyemi on the edge of the penalty area, there was the third penalty. Sucic took responsibility again and put the ball on the bar. On the other side, the referee was the focus again in the 40th minute. Wöber met En-Nesyri in his own penalty area only his opponent. The penalty kick came after a short video study. Rakitic took responsibility and put the ball into the mesh at the 1-1 break.
Incidentally, the first half ended with an entry in the history books. There have never been four (!) Penalties in a first half in a group game in the European premier class.
The second half continued in the same crazy way. The Bulls could have taken the lead again in the 47th minute. Adeyemi nibbles his opponent spectacularly puts the ball in the middle to Sesko. Goalkeeper Bounou concludes with a sensational save over the bar. 180 seconds later, the hosts decimated themselves. Striker En-Nesyri started a brazen swallow in the Bulls penalty area. Referee Kulbakov from Belarus had no choice but to send the striker off with the yellow-red card. Now the game turned. Red Bull Salzburg took over the visual command in majority and the guests switched to counterattacks.
In the 57th minute there was the next completely crazy action. Solet hammered the ball all by himself over the empty goal of the Spaniards. Fortunately, the assistant referee had the flag up. As a result, the people of Mozartstadt found it extremely difficult to play off any noteworthy offensive actions. On the contrary! Sevilla FC was the team that was much more dangerous. The Spaniards could have taken the lead through Mir (74th) and Lamela (78th), but should have taken the lead sooner! The last chance in the game was reserved for the guests. Aaronson checked the hosts goalie in the 91st minute. It remained in the end with a 1-1 draw.
In the end, the division of points was okay. Both teams could have made the decision, but didn’t! Red Bull Salzburg started the group stage with an extremely strong performance and a well-deserved point win. It would have been possible through “more”. The Bulls can definitely build on their performance and the result should give courage for the other games in the premier class.
FC Sevilla vs FC Red Bull Salzburg 1:1 (1:1)
Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, SR Kulbakov/BLR
Tore: Rakitic (42./Elfmeter) bzw. Sucic (21./Elfmeter)
Note: Adeyemi awards a penalty (13th), Sucic puts a penalty on the pole (37th) – both FC Red Bull Salzburg
Yellow-red card: En-Nesyri (50./FC Sevilla / Schwalbe)
FC Sevilla: Bono – Navas (87./Montiel), Diego Carlos, Kounde, Acuna – Jordan (46./Delaney), Fernando, Rakitic (66./Mir) – Suso (46./Ocampos), En-Nesyri, Gomez (58 . Lamella)
FC Salzburg: Köhn – Kristensen, Solet, Wöber (51./Piatkowski), Ulmer – Sucic, Camara, Aaronson, Seiwald (79./Capaldo) – Adeyemi (80. Okafor), Sesko (67./Adamu)