Champion: Salzburg – Milan 1-1, goals by Okafor and Salemakers

Champion: Salzburg – Milan 1-1, goals by Okafor and Salemakers

Balanced match at Red Bull Arena: The Austrians are ahead of Okafor, the Belgian finds a 1-1 draw before the end of the first half. Portuguese job in recovery

If a year ago Milan started the Champions League with an illusion and a defeat at Anfield, this time they started with solid facts: 1-1 in Salzburg Away, the ice was broken in Group E which promises a very tough fight. Not a dazzling demon as in a derby, but certainly a combative, against an opponent who has high organization, speed and a couple of very talented elements. And by Liao’s hair does not make the shot in full recovery.


The result in Zagreb, with Chelsea losing to Dinamo, immediately served as a warning to all those who considered the Blues and Milan to be the best candidates for qualification. Salzburg, then, has a modern approach that calls for respect, especially at the Red Bull Arena (3 victories in the group and a tie with Bayern in the knockout stages of the last Champions League). It is therefore not surprising that the Italian champions had a “level playing field” in a good first half in Austria. Indeed, it is necessary to remedy the disadvantage of moving to the interval at 1-1, showing the character in the most difficult moments.

Question and Answer

The goals from Okafor and Selmakers. The Swiss form a high-profile attack duo with Fernando, as is usual in these parts (people like Haaland and Mane passed here). And the Rossoneri suffer from their combinations, which were especially lit by Capaldo – two shots already in the first minute of play – and Cameri. Kalulu gets into trouble, who loses his balance in the area in the 28th minute with Okafor and ends up embarrassingly on the ground: not even Minyan can do the miracle, the ball 1-0 passes between his legs. But the devil is reacting. The thing that worked best so far was central Hernandez’s solo, which was frustrated by unhappy readings by Giroud, but the equal goal at 40 minutes was instead born of a teamwork of ingenuity, one might say. for newspapers. : De Ketelaere cleans a nice ball in the middle of the field, Bennacer catches it and puts it in the Leao track, in the middle is the Saelemaekers who threw the 1-1 goal, also preferably Giroud.

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Excitement Liao

The situation was straightened, but the second half began with excitement: Kigergaard’s shot from the left for Fernando, very free at the opposite post, pardoned Minyan from the Brazilian. Pioli has seen enough: inside Pobega, Dest and Origi, outside Bennacer, Calabria and Giroud. But the first goalkeeper to perform after substitutions was still Minnen, who was called to dive with a Seewald fireball. Cisco gem and Diaz-Mesías duo are the last moves for Gisele and Pioli to give the decisive blow to the race: Brahim almost succeeded, but Kuhn’s low exit sealed the score. Then Theo gives excitement, but for Rossoneri fans: a pass of horror in the dangerous zone, shooting by Sisko who does not pass very far from the post. on me? Not at all, there is time for final regret: Liao’s goal in the 94th minute, with a right swerve. Milan will meet the Austrians again in a couple of months, the next hurdle to think about will be in a week: Dinamo Zagreb arrives at San Siro. as group leaders. Did you say that?

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