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FC Bayern Munich – RB Salzburg 4: 4: FCB’s second suit creates the spectacle

In the test match against RB Salzburg, FC Bayern Munich only managed to draw 4-4 despite performing well over long periods. The youngsters in particular were able to leave a lasting impression in the second round.

  • Leroy Sané quickly put FC Bayern Munich ahead (9′), but Sékou Koita equalized a little later for RB Salzburg (17′). Despite the Bavarian superiority, the guests managed a double shortly after the break with Karim Konaté (51st) and Noah Okafor (54th). With the replacement of the junior players, however, the speed came back into play. Arijon Ibrahimovic (70′) and Kingsley Coman (72′) equalized. In a furious final phase, Mathys Tel (88th) and again Okafor (89th) scored.
  • FC Bayern Munich had to do without Matthijs de Ligt (ankle swelling), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (illness) and Leon Goretzka (stress control) in addition to the absences already known in friendly.
  • “Because we only have one test match, we consider it an almost complete match for those who are currently in front,” Julian Nagelsmann announced at a press conference. The fact that Ryan Gravenberch is on the pitch from the start can therefore be seen as a sign in the direction of Marcel Sabitzer.

FC Bayern Munich – RB Salzburg: The analysis

FC Bayern Munich started with a roster that Nagelsmann said already put those “who are currently in front” on the pitch. This is what the coach said in a press conference before this test match against RB Salzburg. Not much has changed in the 4-2-3-1 system – although Gravenberch interpreted his eight shots very offensively. Stanisic started at right-back as Pavard replaced the ailing de Ligt in central defence. It was already obvious at the start why Munich chose Salzburg as their only friendly opponent. The Austrians went early and even forced the record champions to lose a few balls in the schedule.

However, if Bayern went beyond the first line of pressing the guests, it immediately became dangerous. Some good attacks ran especially on Gravenberch. This was also the case in the 9th minute, when the Dutchman collected the ball from Davies and immediately picked up the pace then served Sané. The left foot eventually curled the ball into the corner to take the lead.

From then on the game actually only went in one direction – especially the counter pressure in the middle resulted in good ball wins. But an unfortunate loss of possession by Upamecano and an offside trap set too late by the rest of the back four left Koita alone in front of Ulreich’s goal. The striker did not miss this opportunity and equalized (17th). Nevertheless, Bayern were taking more and more control and becoming dangerous, especially after small-scale but quick transfers. Sané (30th), Musiala (31st) and Sané (38th) missed great opportunities to regain the advantage.

FC Bayern with a horrible start to the second half – and a frantic race to catch up

This should be punished in the second half. RB Salzburg made a full substitution once, while Bayern came out of the locker room with the same XI. Already after 51 minutes it was 2:1 for the guests after a furious opening phase of Salzburg. After a corner and several arrivals, Konaté was the scorer. Bayern no longer seemed to have access to the opposition’s newly formed squad. Instead, Salzburg even rose to 3:1. The Munich team could not clear a ball correctly and Okafor could therefore widen the gap (54th). Shortly after, Kimmich missed the goal from a good position (55th).

Nagelsmann has now switched. Only Kimmich remained on the ground (63rd). In fact, the young players immediately managed to restart the game. Ibrahimovic first hit the post (65th) then with a powerful shot from a distance to make it 2-3 (70th). Bayern were more precise, determined and faster on the road again. They staged dangerous scenes, especially on the right side of Kabadayi. This was also the case in the 72nd minute, when Tel broke through there and put it on Coman in the backcourt. The Frenchman thoughtfully pushed to make it 3-3.

From then on, there was a quick exchange of blows with greater advantages for Bayern, who had the advantage on several occasions. In the endgame, the game then got really wild. Such at first seemed to redeem the people of Munich. After recovering the ball, the Frenchman was released on the left half of the penalty area, turned around with a quick movement and pocketed the ball to make it 4-3 (88th). In direct return, however, Okafor took advantage of Bayern Munich’s deep slumber and scored to make it 4-4 (89th).

Almost at the final whistle, Kabadayi had the chance to crown this crazy gameplay. But the youngster missed a header from close range and it was 4:4.

FC Bayern Munich – RB Salzburg: Lineups

FC Bayern München: Ulreich – Stanisic, Pavard, Upamecano, Davies – Kimmich, Gravenberch – Sané, Musiala, Gnabry – Müller

FC Bayern Munich from the 63rd minute: Schenk – Zvonarek, Buchmann, Blind, Wanner – Kimmich, Sabitzer – Kabadayi, Ibrahimovic, Coman – Tel

RB Salzburg: Köhn – Van Der Brempt, Onguene, Pavlovic, Bernardo – Seiwald, Sucic, Hofer, Kameri – Koita, Sesko

RB Salzburg from the 2nd half: Köhn – Dedic, Solet, Baidoo, Ibertsberger – Gourna-Douath, Amankwah, Kjaergaard, Konaté – Adamu, Okafor

FC Bayern Munich – RB Salzburg: The voices

Julian Nagelsmann (FCB.tv): “We still have a lot to do, but a lot was good too. We started well, but then things cleared up, even after the break. The boys did well. Sabi and Coman did well too. In the end, we would have gained to be able.”

FC Bayern Munich – RB Salzburg: Match data

Doors: 1-0 Sané (9′), 1-1 Koita (17′), 1-2 Konaté (51′), 1-3 Okafor (54′), 2-3 Ibrahimovic (70′), 3-3 Coman ( 72′), 4-3 Tel (88′), 4-4 Okafor (89′)

The star of the match: Arijon Ibrahimovic

The youngster not only scored the all-important 2:3, which is worth seeing, but also showed great commitment. Ibrahimovic was involved in many combinations and knew how to use his short commitment of around 30 minutes. He didn’t fade defensively either, spectacularly tackling a Salzburg opponent in a dangerous situation.

The flop of the game: Thomas Müller

Müller was again not a major factor in the record champions’ offensive. Again, he didn’t do much at the striker position. Bayern lacked a player there who could confidently distribute the ball with his back to goal and get himself into good finishing positions. Müller just isn’t that – and so it could be very difficult for the veteran in the second half of the year.

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych

Brych led the game with a long leash, but at least didn’t shorten it and stuck to his bounty. Especially in the second half there were several controversial scenes – including in the Salzburg penalty area. But Brych let go several times. The game was not more difficult as a result and the referee’s performance can therefore be assessed positively – especially since he made possible a very high pace in the meantime.


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