Red Bull Salzburg came up victorious on Wednesday against fellow Red Bull team RB Leipzig 3-2 in an exciting game.
Both teams littered goals across both halves with Salzburg taking a 2-0 lead in the first before surrendering it in the second. The deciding goal came from former New York Red Bulls striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen, who is proving to be the super-sub for Marco Rose, in this first time clash between the two teams.
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“Being pulled back 2-2 in this kind of match is definitely a difficult situation we needed to resolve,” said Salzburg manager Marco Rose. “I never had the feeling that the boys allowed themselves to be knocked off track. They kept on going and got rewarded with a win at the end.”
Leipzig came out with a somewhat secondary line-up. Timo Werner didn’t make the team and both Emil Forsberg and Yussef Poulsen started on the bench. Despite that the East German side pressed the action in the early minutes. Both Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer had shots that were blocked by the Salzburg defense.
The reigning Austrian champions weren’t phased and responded with the games opening goal in the 20th minute. Stefan Ilsanker’s poor back-pass was intercepted by Moanes Dabbur, who ran in on goal and took the shot. It was saved by the Leipzig keeper but Dabbur was able to finish the rebound. An off-balanced Leipzig were caught again two minutes later when Andreas Ulmer played a ball across the six-yard box and to Amadou Haidara who buried the ball into the empty net.
Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick wasted little time in the second half, using all three substitutions in an effort to regain control of the game. Poulsen, Forsberg and Marcel Halstenberg joined the game. The impact was immediate as Leipzig controlled the game and, in time, created the opportunities to bring them back into the contest.
First it was Laimer in the 70th minute who pounced on a poorly played pass back towards goal to beat the Salzburg keeper. Then it was a headed effort by Poulsen that equalized in the 82nd minute.
It appeared as if the game was headed for a draw until an amazing, scorpion-style, pass from midfield by Hannes Wolf found Gulbrandsen. The striker calmly waited for his opening and beat the keeper for the game-winning effort.
Leizpig scurried for an equalizer in the five minutes of extra time but were unable to come up with an answer.
The win continues the hot streak of Salzburg in 2018, suffering just one loss thus far to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League playoff. This result, combined with their league form, has shown that Salzburg now lays claim to being the top team in the Red Bull Global network. Both teams will be back in action this weekend in their respective domestic leagues.