The level of the match was seamlessly adapted to the dreary atmosphere in the Rajko-Mitic Stadium. The spectators got to see a match without big highlights.
Belgrade – Red Bull Salzburg may hope for their first participation in the Football Champions League in the eleventh attempt. Austria’s series champion reached 0:0 in the play-off first leg away against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday, the return leg will take place on 29 August in Wals-Siezenheim.
Triste atmosphere, match without big highlights
The level of the match was seamlessly adapted to the dull atmosphere at the Rajko-Mitic Stadium. Due to the UEFA punishment for racist abuse of Red Star fans against the Lithuanian representative Marijampole at the end of July, only 200 spectators were admitted to the 55,000-strong arena, where they were given a match without any major highlights.
The Serbian champion left the initiative to the Salzburgers on slippery terrain for the time being, renounced high pressing and was above all intent on a safe defensive. The “bulls”, on the other hand, had little or nothing to think of with the high proportion of possession of the ball, which resulted in a stalemate.
So it took until the 20th minute before the first shot on goal was fired – Zlatko Junuzovic tested Red Star Goalie Milan Borjan with a harmless Aufsitzer. Daniel Wolf (25th) and Reinhold Yabo (45th) then shot far past the goal. On the other side Branko Jovicic clearly missed the goal (39th).
After the side change, a shot from El Fardou hissed past the bar by a narrow margin (49th), Salzburg responded with a long-range shot parried by Borjan by Xaver Schlager (51st), who had been substituted for the break for Junuzovic, who was suffering from muscle problems. In the 57th minute, Red Bull goalkeeper Cican Stankovic had to stretch on a cross from Filip Stojkovic. In this phase, the Salzburgers lost the game and the harmlessness in the offensive was joined by more and more lack of concentration in the build-up game and in the defense.
Nikola Stojiljkovi Honours
- Serbian Cup: 2014–15
- Taça de Portugal: 2015–16
- Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season: 2014–15
On both sides fight and spasm reigned
Nevertheless, only once – in the 70th minute – did things get really dicey. After a corner, Stankovic could only parry a Milos Degenek header on instalments, a few seconds later Nikola Stojiljkovic headed over the crossbar from about eight meters. After that, the danger of scoring was already over, on both sides fight and cramp reigned paired with the fear of a goal. Only in the 90th minute Stankovic had to intervene with a fist defense at a chance of Veljko Simic.
In the end, the score was 0:0, which meant that Salzburg did not win the eighth match of the season for the first time. Red Star, on the other hand, has been unbeaten for 26 games apart from a defeat in a Cup penalty shoot-out. Casino of Dreams has a free spins every Friday which is part of their bonuses!