Marco Rose experimented this week with a different lineup, but Salzburg still won 2 – 1 over SK Sturm Graz. Despite already locking up the league, Salzburg continued to roll. Rose clearly gave players who generally don’t get field time, their chance to prove themselves while having certain key players on the field. The goals came from Patson Daka in the 10th minute and Dominik Szoboszlai scored the game winner in the 65th minute.
Despite having the knowledge that Salzburg can easily close out the season without care, Zlatko Junuzovic sees their weaknesses as areas of improvements:
“We made a good start today, but we lost our heads a bit after taking the lead. We opened a few spaces up that Sturm Graz used well. We dropped off before conceding, but then we improved again. It was lively at the end and there were lots of chances at both ends. It was an even game and we maybe had the luck on our side – even if the win was deserved for me.”
Salzburg’s final game of the season is Sunday, May 26th, closing out a very successful season against SKN St. Polten.
Leipzig’s strong run of form finally came to an end. Their 14 match undefeated streak ended on the final game of the season against SV Werder Bremen. Ralf Rangnick also experimented with the line-up, ushering in the return of ex-New York Red Bull, Tyler Adams.
Leipzig went down early from the penalty spot in the 35th minute. A chance for an equalizer came in the 54th minute. Leipzig earned a penalty of their own, but the attempt was missed by Bruma. Leipzig eventually equalized in the 86th minute, but the tie did not last. Werder Bremen found the back of the net again in the 88th minute, and rode out the rest of the game to a 2 – 1 scoreline.
Ralf Rangnick lamented the opportunities lost against Werder:
“Not being able to score the penalty was the crux of the game. We still weren’t able to wake up towards the end of the game, despite briefly being on level terms. We got our just rewards when Bremen scored their second.”
Leipzig still has a chance to finish the year with a trophy, but it comes against a tough opponent. Leipzig face off against the Bundesliga Champions, FC Bayern Munich, in the DFB-Pokal Cup final on Saturday May 25th.
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