Champions League: Salzburg has to bow to Wolfsburg

Karim Adeyemi missed a top chance after just 67 seconds, Ridle Baku made it better in the first Wolfsburg attack (3rd). The Salzburg team continued to play undeterred and came through a dream free kick from Maximilian Wöber to the well-deserved equalizer (30th). After the break, Adeyemi again missed a top opportunity, Wolfsburg scored again: Lukas Nmecha finished sharply into the short corner (60th).

In the finish, Benjamin Sesko and Rasmus Kristensen had chances, but the German Bundesliga team made it 2-1 over time. For Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle it was the first defeat after 21 games, the “Bulls” last lost in April at WSG Tirol (2: 3).

Salzburg remain leaders

With this, Salzburg awarded the first match point on the first promotion, but remains the front runner in any case. The second game in the group is currently between Sevilla FC and Lille OSC. The “bulls” will then continue in three weeks with the next away game and the next match point at the French champions.

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Here Wöber was left behind: Nmecha scored from a tight angle for the first Wolfsburg victory

Wolfsburg with a new coach and Weghorst

The Salzburg team won the first duel with the German champions in 2009 with 3-1 at home two weeks ago. Since then, a lot had happened at the “Wolves”, not least in the coaching position. Florian Kohfeldt took over from Mark van Bommel and won the first game after eight consecutive games without a win in Leverkusen 2-0. “That was a real blow,” said Salzburg coach Jaissle.

While the 33-year-old German did not change the starting eleven of the “Bulls” compared to the first duel, Kohfeldt brought four new players, including ex-LASK player Paulo Otavio and above all his top striker Wout Weghorst. The Dutchman had been absent for two weeks due to a coronavirus disease and only started training this Monday. The day before, Kohfeldt had promised the Dutchman “rather a partial deployment”, now he surprisingly started from the start. It was completely clear, however, that the ÖFB legionaries Xaver Schlager (injured) and Pavao Pervan (replacement) would not be there.

Adeyemi forgives, Baku scores early

Around 800 fans accompanied Salzburg to Lower Saxony and saw Karim Adeyemi take a quick lead, almost like in the first leg, but the young star failed after 67 seconds alone in front of Koen Casteels – decisively pressed by Maximilian Arnold. In Salzburg, the German had already scored in the third minute.

This time, that was also reserved for the home side, who completed their first attack to take the lead: Otavio happily prevailed on his left against Kristensen and served Yannick Gerhardt. His cross reached Baku on the second pole, who had hurried away from Luka Susic and easily shot in to lead the hosts (3rd).

Ridle Baku (Wolfsburg)

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Baku put Wolfsburg in the lead after just three minutes

Salzburg had to put up with the first deficit in this Champions League season. The youngest team in the premier class did so in the same way as they generally appeared: surprisingly mature for their age. Sucic introduced himself with a long-range shot (7th).

There was no lack of intensity in the duels, but for the time being on the last pass. Wolfsburg, which had switched to a three-man chain under Kohfeldt, also withdrew and left the ball to the guests. Salzburg developed patience for such phases this season. Nicolas Seiwald failed after an attack from the left (26th) like Adeyemi, who in the presence of his team boss Hansi Flick did not serve Sucic, but chose a conclusion (28th).

Wöber hits a free kick worth seeing

A standard was needed: Mohamed Camara, eye-catching as always, picked up the pace and was brought down around 25 meters from Weghorst’s goal. Of all people, central defender Maximilian Wöber tried his luck and hit the wall in the right corner to equalize. Casteels was on with his hand, but could no longer prevent the goal (30th). Wöber scored his first goal in his 20th CL game, and it was his first free-kick goal.

Maximilian Wober (Salzburg)

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A picture-book free kick: Wöber curled the ball over the wall into the right corner

Wolfsburg then did more for the game again, which was also reflected in a good opportunity. With his 197 centimeters, Weghorst still reached Maximilan Arnold’s cross, but lifted the leather just over the bar (36th). In this phase, Wolfsburg presented itself much more joyful, courageous and aggressive than under van Bommel, which led to intense duels. It stayed at 1: 1 at the break because Aaronson stumbled on the counterattack and his graduation was no problem for Casteels (41.).

Nmecha punishes negligence

Again Adeyemi could have put Salzburg in the lead early after kick-off, but the lightning-fast 19-year-old forgave after a counterattack and a pass from Okafor alone in front of Casteels. This time he put the ball past the box without being disturbed (50th).

Nmecha checked Köhn with a flat shot (52nd), but Salzburg had the better chance again: Now Sucic Okafor served in the penalty area, but the double goal scorer from the first duel got no pressure behind the ball while standing free (54th). Wolfsburg’s goalscorer from Salzburg did better: After a long pass from Arnold, Nmecha took the ball well in the duel with Wöber and finished sharply into Tormanneck from a tight angle (60th).

Wolfsburg brings victory over time

Then the working day was over for the top strikers Adeyemi and Weghorst, the resurrected “wolves” then almost brought about the preliminary decision through the German U21 European champion Nmecha. After a Salzburg corner and a sprint by “Joker” Dodi Lukebakio, the striker forgave twice (66th).

Salzburg tried hard and tried everything, but found it difficult after the recent deficit. The “bulls” also threw everything in from the bench in the finish: Benjamin Sesko shot just over the goal (82nd), Kristensen failed to Casteels (88th). In the end it stayed with the first defeat, but Salzburg still have two chances to qualify for the first time for the second round in the premier class.

Voices for the game:

Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg player): “I was extremely disappointed in myself and I was rightfully substituted. The evaluation of the chances wasn’t that good, and it felt like every shot went in at Wolfsburg. “

Rasmus Kristensen (Salzburg player): “We are not satisfied, but our game, our passion, our quality was great. It wasn’t in our direction today, but that’s football. It was the little things that didn’t fit today. They weren’t for us today. But we can be proud, we played great, we did great. We have to do better, we have to be sharper. Now we have two finals in the group, we have to do better. This is the Champions League. You can lose a game, that’s completely normal. “

Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg goalscorer): “We had fire in our stomach today. This victory means a lot. We just got the confidence back. “

UEFA Champions League, Group G, fourth matchday


Wolfsburg – Salzburg 2: 1 (1: 1)

Wolfsburg Arena, 16,112 spectators, SR Dias (POR)

Goal sequence:
1:0 Baku (3.)
1: 1 Wöber (30.)
2: 1 Completion (60.)

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Lacroix, Guilavogui, Brooks – Baku, Vranckx (82./Mbabu), Arnold, Paulo Otavio (73./Steffen) – L. Nmecha, Weghorst (63./Lukebakio), Gerhardt (73./Roussillon)

Salzburg: Köhn – Kristensen, Onguene (77./Solet), Wöber, Ulmer – Seiwald, Camara (89./Kjaergaard), Aaronson, Sucic (77./Adamu) – Okafor, Adeyemi (63./Sesko)

Yellow cards: Weghorst, L. Nmecha, Brooks and Ulmer

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Champions League: Salzburg has to bow to Wolfsburg