Before the big league battle next week against Rapid, Salzburg are now three points ahead of the first pursuer from Hütteldorf. In addition, with the sixth win in the sixth competitive game of 2021, the dress rehearsal for the first leg of the sixteenth-finals of the Europa League on Thursday against Villarreal. The Wattener, on the other hand, suffered their first defeat of the calendar year, but are still fifth in the race for entry into the championship group.
Salzburg coach Jesse March rotated six positions compared to the 3-1 win against Austria on Wednesday. Berisha acted in a midfield diamond behind the tips Daka and Karim Adeyemi in the offensive center. League top scorer Koita was initially on the bench. Wattens came up with the best cast. Zlatko Dedic replaced Kelvin Yeboah, who had migrated to Sturm Graz, but the veteran had to leave the field in the first half with thigh problems.
Tyrol is handing out two guided tours
The Salzburg team were superior in the early stages, but found no real chances when the pitch was difficult. After Albert Vallci headed off a corner in front of goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, Koch caught the favorites on the wrong foot. His long-range shot from 20 meters hit the left corner. The WSG was suddenly the more dangerous team. An attempt by Baden Frederiksen almost from the center line went just wide (14th), and Stankovic defused a shot from the Dedic pass (17th).
The compensation almost fell out of nowhere. Adeyemi sailed past a long ball from Vallci. Daka took advantage of the confusion in the WSG back team, in which keeper Ferdinand Oswald had rushed out of his goal a little overzealously. The “Bulls” had the game under control again, but youngster Luka Sucic (45th) didn’t have more than one chance for the time being.
After changing sides, Baden Frederiksen checked Stankovic again (61.). On the other side, Oswald parried a Berisha header (71.). Rasmus Kristensen did not get the ball into the goal from close range (73.). It was Baden Frederiksen who took the penalty for WSG in the running duel with the somewhat clumsy Andre Ramalho. The Juventus loaner pocketed the penalty for his fifth goal in the fourth league game in 2021. Stankovic was in the right corner but couldn’t control the ball.
Three Salzburg goals in eleven minutes
Salzburg turned the game in the finish. Practically in return, a Vallci header landed after a corner on the bar. The ball jumped from Oswald directly in front of Berisha’s feet, who shot in from very close range. Two minutes before the end of regular time, Daka also came in good position after an Ulmer cross and an unsuccessful attempt to clear the ball by Bruno Soares. The Zambian, who in the meantime played in an unusual role on the right in midfield, scored his 13th league goal of the season.
And that’s not enough: After a mistake by Raffael Behounek, the substitute Koita was allowed to strike. The striker from Mali now holds 14 league goals. Salzburg won the fourth Bundesliga duel with the WSG since their promotion. The Bulls, who conceded more than one goal for the first time this calendar year, had a much harder time than the 5-0 in autumn and the two 5-1 successes last season.
Tipico Bundesliga, 17th round
WSG Tirol – Salzburg 2: 4 (1: 1)
Innsbruck, Tivoli Stadion Tirol, no spectators allowed (due to coronavirus pandemic), SR Ciochirca.
Goal sequence:1:0 Koch (10.)1:1 Daka (31.)2: 1 Baden Frederiksen (78./Elfmeter)2: 2 Berisha (79th)2:3 Daka (89.)2: 4 Try (90th)
WSG: Oswald – Koch, Behounek, Gugganig, Schnegg – Rogelj (85./J. Gölles), Petsos, Celic, Rieder (72./Naschberger) – Dedic (27./Anselm), Baden Frederiksen (85./Soares)
Salzburg: Stankovic – Kristensen, Ramalho, Vallci, Ulmer – Junuzovic (92. Affengruber) – Mwepu (69. Aaronson), Berisha, Sucic (58. Camara) – Daka, Adeyemi (58. Koita)
Yellow cards: Rieder, Celic or Camara
The best: Baden Frederiksen, Celic and Daka, Kristensen