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What’s going on in Salzburg? FC Salzburg, as Red Bull Salzburg is known in the international competition, achieved one of the biggest sensations in Austrian club football last Thursday. They defeated in the first leg of the knockout stages of the Europa League Borussia Dortmund in Signal Iduna Park 2-1 and now dream of promotion to the quarterfinals of the competition. The bulls were the better team in Germany and deservedly went down as winners. Peter Stöger’s series continues – he simply can not win against RB Salzburg.
Already in the time when he was coach in Austria, Stöger always had problems with the cops. Shortly after the draw Stöger pointed out that the upcoming opponent is no picnic and Salzburg must be taken very seriously. His prognosis proved true and Dortmund could not resist the embarrassment. Now the Borussia in the sold-out Bull Arena must throw everything in the balance, in order not to fly out of the competition. A contract extension as coach of Borussia Dortmund could fall for the Austrian Peter Stöger, especially in his home country hard to falter.
Red Bull Salzburg:
Red Bull Salzburg is currently in a grandiose form. This got even the German top club Borussia Dortmund in the first leg to feel. Seasonally, the club is now unbeaten for 18 international games. Since Marco Rose took over the coaching staff in Salzburg, there was only one defeat in August 2017 against Sturm Graz – in the remaining 41 matches, the team never went out as a loser.
The last game in the championship ended with a 2-2 draw against SV Mattersburg. Rose sent on the grass compared to the first leg against Dortmund a much changed team. Only three players were in both Dortmund and Mattersburg in the starting lineup of the Bulls. In all other positions the coach rotated. The match against Mattersburg started very badly when right-back Patrick Farkas had a red card from the field in the twelfth minute. So the cops had to deny almost the entire game in the minority. Although the team went 2-0 in the lead, but due to two penalties received they had to finally settle for a draw. It was quite noticeable to the people of Salzburg that the biggest match in the club’s history will take place next Thursday. However, this draw has no significant impact on the table situation in Austria. With 59 points, the team is still ranked at the top of the table and has eight points ahead of the second Sturm Graz. Rose can draw on the entire squad for the season highlight against Dortmund. No player has to be injured or suspended.
In the match against Salzburg still embarrassed, the Borussia prevailed in the top match against Eintracht Frankfurt by 3: 2. In a very entertaining match Dortmund conceded after two lead the compensation until Michy Batshuayi in the last minute of injury time slammed the redeeming third time the ball into the net. The Belgian did not substitute until the second half and scored a double. Borussia Dortmund is now in third place and 45 points in the championship with this victory against the direct competitor for the Champions League places. Schalke stands at 46 points, Leverkusen has 44 and Frankfurt 42. So it’s very close to the point in the upper table area of the Bundesliga.
The momentum of this game must now be taken to Salzburg. After all, the team of Peter Stoeger needs after the 1: 2 home defeat in the first leg at least two goals to still make the promotion to the quarterfinals. Offensive quality has the team always. On the defensive, the Borussia are quite vulnerable. As already against Salzburg, the team conceded two goals against Frankfurt.
Stöger must, as in recent games, waive some players. Shinji Kagawa, Andriy Yarmolenko, Eric Durm, Sebastian Rode and Raphael Guerreiro form the military hospital of Borussia Dortmund. The failure of these players, however, does not entail any serious negative consequences, since they are all not absolute performers. The coach has defensive and offensive enough alternatives to send a powerful force on the field. Particularly gratifying is the recently announced contract renewal of Marco Reus until 2023. A disadvantage could affect on Thursday that Borussia Dortmund must give up the support of the followers. The active fan scene boycotted the away game in Salzburg due to the much more in the criticism of the Brause Group in Germany.
Salzburg vs Dortmund head to head matches
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