European glory was at it’s magnificent best when Liverpool locked horns with RB Salzburg. The Red Bull Arena provided the viewers with just the kind of thriller which marks the significance of Champions League in football. A football match full of scoring chances only saw two of them being converted. As the visitors defeated the host by 2-0 with former RB Salzburg boy Naby Kieta and Mohamed Salah being the goalscorers.
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Finishing at its…worst
The first half was a rather weird one as it ended at 0-0. It was weird because it had so many genuine goal-scoring opportunities but still none of was converted. The fact the two team playing had players like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and wonder kid Erling Braut Haaland made it even more astonishing. In fact, speaking of Salah, the Egyptian superstar himself missed a plethora of chances.
Former men drowns Salzburg
The second half brought a lot more moments of genuine attacking quality though. Liverpool drew the first blood with two former Salzburg players, Sadio Mane and Naby Kieta scoring the opener. Salzburg keeper Cican Stankovic made a misjudgment and ran out to take the ball from Mane who crossed it for an open Keita and the Guinean international made no mistake.
Mohamed Salah’s wonder goal
Mohamed Salah made up for some woeful misses with a world class finish. At exactly 100 seconds since Keita’s goal, the Egyptian scored with the tightest of angles possible into an empty net of Stankovic. It was one of those moments which can only be produced by world class players. Watch Salah’s wonder goal here.
With that, the European Champions successful qualified for the knockout round while RB Salzburg were knocked out. The disappointment in the Salzburg camp can be understood by their manager’s comments. “We are very disappointed, as we played really good football, and we probably couldn’t have played any better than in the first half” said boss Jesse Marsch.