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Last week’s first leg win goes Red Bull Salzburg in the driver’s seat before the second leg against the Danish champions Brondbywhile they have a place in the Champions League Group stage for the third year in a row.
The ambitious Austrians led 2-1 after a deficit in the duel and will complete the task on Tuesday and advance against a battered home team.
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Although the home side dominated the first half of the opening game last Tuesday, Brondby scored thanks during the break Mikael clock‘s early hit from their only chance in the first third. But in the second 45 the more than 17,000 Salzburg fans roared for a comeback through goals from the young striker Karim Adeyemi and American midfielder Brenden Aaronson.
That result marked the third consecutive loss for the club that once dominated Danish football but qualified for this round of the competition by winning the Superliga for the first time since 2005 last season.
Your title defense has got off to a shaky start since Niels FrederiksenThe team has only scored four points from six games so far and is thus in the lower range of the pre-season table.
In fact, Brondby conceded shots on goal in the 2-2 draw on Saturday at OB 21, as they gave away a two-goal lead – both met with the formally strong clock – and an equalizer in the 84 a line. As a result, they haven’t won a league game this summer and are in desperate shape ahead of a competitive game this week.
The club’s only previous appearance in the Champions League group stage was in 1998, when they finished fourth in a group that included eventual winners Manchester United, Bayern Munich – who were known to have lost to United in the final – and Barcelona . To even think about reaching such glamorous heights again, Frederiksen and Co. have to put on the back and hope that Salzburg can be exploited during the break.
Like their Danish colleagues, Salzburg also reached the playoffs by leading the domestic league in 2020/21 – an eighth Bundesliga crown in a row.
Despite entering the group stage straight away in 2019, their 5-2 aggregate win at that stage last year against Maccabi Tel-Aviv ended a sad streak of 13 straight Champions League qualifiers since their first appearance in the group stage in 1994 – long before you were bought up by an energy drink manufacturer.
However, the Red Bulls failed to leave Group A last season; With third place they dropped to the Europa League, where they were then beaten in the last 32 by eventual winners Villarreal.
While European progress is their main concern, Matthias Jaissles team got off to a typically strong start to the new season at home – with five wins from as many games they easily climbed to the top of the table, even before the runner-up Sturm Graz.
Despite 79% possession, it took two late goals on Saturday to win against Austria Klagenfurt in the end, but Salzburg will have viewed such a routine win as just a warm-up for the main event on Tuesday.
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In the Salzburg squad that will face Brondby this week, two players will return home as right-backs Rasmus Kristensen and midfielder Maurits Kjaergaard both could occur at some point. Kristensen, who was in Midtjylland between 2012 and 2018, will start in the back four, while his compatriot will start on the bench.
As in the home game, they should start with the promising couple Benjamin Sesko and Karim Adeyemi in front. As Sadio mane, Erling bride Haaland and last Patson Daka have all graduated from the Red Bull talent factory, a lot is expected of both – and the latter is in good form with nine goals from eleven games this season.
Playmaker, however Zlatko Junuzovic is expected to be on hold due to a calf injury, so Luka Suci or Brenden Aaronson should be just behind the front two.
Like the 23-year-old Red Bull stopper Philipp KohnBröndby’s goalkeeper, who only became number one for the Austrian champions at the start of the season Mads Hermansen has only played a few times for Brondby but should start again on Tuesday.
His team was recently hit by a COVID-19 outbreak that has denied them several cadres from having Christian Cappis, Mathias Greve, Tobias Borkeeiet and Thomas Mikkelsen all tested positive for the virus.
Long-term absent Blas Riveros will also be absent but has returned to training after a cruciate ligament rupture while the Norwegian center-back Sigurd Rosted remains doubtful.
At the front, top scorer Mikael Uhre will probably take on the role of a single striker, having scored 22 goals last season and made a strong start again this season.
Brondby possible starting line-up:
Hermannsen; Mensah, Maxso, Tshiembe, Bruus; Corlu, Ben Slimane, Frendrup, Hedlund, Pavlovic; clock
Red Bull Salzburg possible starting line-up:
Kohn; Kristensen, Solet, Wober, Ulmer; Camara, Capaldo, Seiwald; Aaronson; Sesko, Adeyemi
Probability: Brondby 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg (Red Bull Salzburg wins 4-2 in the overall standings)
Although the first leg was only decided by one goal, the difference in shape between these clubs could hardly be greater.
Bröndby’s homesickness does not end there, and they meet a Salzburg team whose strong start to the season has achieved six successes in a row, so that the Austrians can safely make it to the group stage with another win.
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