Red Bull Salzburg waited until stoppage time to find their scoring legs, winning 2-0 over Mattersburg in the second week of Austrian Bundesliga action. Andre Ramalho scored in the 93rd minute while Munas Dabbur doubled the lead one minute later to seal the victory at the Pappelstadion in Mattersburg.
Stoppage Time Goals Give Salzburg a Late Win
“I am really pleased of course for my lads who went and got the reward,” said manager Marco Rose after the game. “We would have liked to have won the game earlier. We are nevertheless very happy with the three points in Mattersburg. They were a little fortunate perhaps, but for me they were definitely deserved.”
The 86 degree temperature made the game slow at the start with both teams trying to solidify possession. By the 20th minute it became clear that Salzburg was winning the battles and Dabbur had his first chance at goal. Kuster, the Mattersburg keeper, was up to the task, denying the Austrian league keeper his second goal of the season. Ray Yabo and Xaver Schlager also had chances in the first half that missed the net.
Salzburg continued to push in the second half but it was in stoppage time that Ramalho’s shot deflected off the post and gave the visiting side the lead. Just a minute later Dabbur doubled the lead and his tally for the season to finish off Mattersburg.
“That was a real battle today,” said Ramalho. “With the weather, with the very dry condition on the pitch and the defensive opponents. We did our job today superbly, as we believed right until the end, which is the most important thing. It is this belief that made us go so far last season, and we still have this belief.”
Next up is a Champions League qualifying game against KF Shkendija of Macedonia on the eighth. That weekend will be a rivalry game against Austria Wein to see who jumps out as the early front-runners in the league.
Red Bull Salzburg: Stankovic; Mwepu, Ramalho, Pongracic, Ulmer, Schlager, Samassekou, Junuzovic, Wolf, Yabo, Dabbur
90′ (Red Bull Salzburg) Andre Ramalho (1)
90′ (Red Bull Salzburg) Munas Dabbur (3)