Red Bull Salzburg friendly against WSG Swarovski Tirol ends in draw

Red Bull Salzburg played their first match, since the Covid-19 break, in a friendly match versus WSG Swarovski Tirol. The game ended in a draw as the two teams each scored a goal.

Salzburg had a good chance in the fifth minute, when Noah Okafor, the new signing for FC Basel, came close to scoring. WSG was not out in the clear as Hee Cahn Hwang forced a save in the eighth minute.

WSG was able to score first as Felix Adjei scored a header off a corner in the 13th minute. Not too long after, Salzburg would threaten again when Patson Daka nearly scored a header in the 18th minute.

Salzburg will have wanted a better result against, bottom of the table, WSG. After the game Jesse Marsch saw many positives about his sides game. After the match he said,

We had a good start to the match. Even if the quality wasn’t quite there in some moments, the tempo and intensity were very decent. We had the game under control, and after such a long break it is to be expected that not everything is working perfectly. It is important for us to understand that small mistakes from set pieces can make a big difference. On the whole, it was a decent friendly match and a good lesson for us.

The second half was all Salzburg.  Albert Vallci scored for the home side, firing in from short range to make it 1-1 in the 52nd minute. After around an hour of play Jesse Marsch made a team overhaul as eight substitutions came on. Shortly after the substitutions, Vallci nearly gave his team the lead by sending a free-kick from the top of 18 yard box, just past the visitors’ goal. Vallci nearly scored again in the 82nd minute, as the defender put a really mark on the half.

Salzburg return to league play June 3rd, against Rapid Vienna. They will be in need of a win to keep hopes for winning the league alive.

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