FC Red Bull Salzburg are in the Samsung Cup final! Roger Schmidt’s men today knocked out Erste Liga side Horn 7-0 (H/T: 2-0).
The final is to be contested on 18 May in Klagenfurt, with the opponents to be determined in the evening match between St. Pölten and Sturm Graz.
In a completely sold-out Waldviertler Volksbank Arena, the Red Bulls took control from the very start, making their opponents run around the pitch along with the ball and looking to punish them with direct attacks. The game was mostly played out in the Horn half, until suddenly three good opportunities for the hosts on the break within four minutes changed things around. Firstly Casanova had a goal rightfully disallowed for offside, then Lackner (with a header) and Abraham (Gulacsi save) both went close. The Bulls took heed of the warning signs, and raced into a 2-0 lead themselves at the other end with two strikes within a couple of minutes. Horn had a huge chance to equalise in between those. After the break, Soriano & Co., got straight back into their high-tempo game and Kampl added a third just seven minutes after the restart. The goals continued to come thick and fast, with two more Mane goals, Kampl, Alan and Zulj ensuring a comprehensive 7-0 victory.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
- Along with the long-term injured duo of Isaac Vorsah and Rodnei, Dusan Svento was also out today (knee). Sadio Mane, on the other hand, was fit in time and started, while Fränky Schiemer sat on the substitutes’ bench. Eddie Gustafsson suffered a tendon tear in his finger in training yesterday.
- After the goal fest in Horn, the cup’s top goalscoring race is in Salzburg’s hands – hat-trick hero Mane leads along with Alan on five goals.
VIEWS ON THE MATCH:
Roger Schmidt: "We were careless in the first half and made lots of mistakes. After the break we played very good football though and scored great goals. I am always pleased in any case when we are very creative, launch good moves and score too.”
Kevin Kampl: "It looked a bit easier than it was. We didn’t play well especially in the first half and gave Horn too many chances. After the break it was a lot better though.”
FACTS & FIGURES:
Line-up: Gulacsi; Klein, Ramalho, Hinteregger, Ulmer; Ilsanker, Leitgeb; Kampl, Mane; Soriano, Alan.
Substitutions: Schwegler for Ulmer (46’), Hierländer for Ramalho (49’), Zulj for Soriano (66’)
Yellow cards - RBS: Schwegler (51’, foul)
Referee: Andreas Kollegger
Attendance: 5,500 (sold-out)
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH:
Light rain falls on the first semi-final at kick-off . . .
4 minutes: The Bulls launch their first real attack. Mane charges down the left, but his ball into the penalty area gets blocked by the Horn defence.
Seconds later Mane plays a wonderful pass to Kampl – who is a fraction offside (4’)
8 minutes: Soriano and Alan try to complete a one-two but Salvatore sprints in between and clears.
8 minutes: Alan takes aim from 18 metres out and Horn goalkeeper Petermann turns the ball over the crossbar.
11 minutes: Petermann turns a shot from Mane away for a corner.
15 minutes: An Ulmer shot from the edge of the penalty area flies wide of the left post.
17 minutes: Horn launch their first attack with a quick break. Casanova puts the ball into the net after Erbek cuts a pass across. The goal is rightfully disallowed for offside, however.
19 minutes: Another good opportunity for the hosts. A Sahanek corner is headed wide of the left post by Lackner.
21 minutes: Alan plays the ball behind the defence for Kampl to run onto. He can only find the side netting from a tight angle, however.
23 minutes: Horn threaten again from another quick attack. Abraham gets denied by Gulacsi.
28 minutes: Mane cuts the ball across the goalmouth dangerously and Petermann saves.
29 minutes: 1-0 to Red Bull Salzburg! Alan passes to Kampl – and his ball into the box is turned into his own net by Antonitsch . . .
The equaliser almost comes at the other end as Lackner is denied by Gulacsi (30’)
31 minutes: 2-0 to Salzburg. Alan plays a brilliant ball behind the defence to Mane, who is not going to waste a chance like that, converting clinically.
34 minutes: A Soriano free-kick just misses the target.
37 minutes: Sahanek takes aim from the edge of the penalty area but Gulacsi is ready for it.
45 minutes: Sahanek seizes control of the ball in midfield and takes it towards goal only to shoot wide of the left post.
Half-time. Salzburg deservedly lead 2-0 and are on course for the final.
48 minutes: Klein goes down the left but his ball into the box fails to find any takers.
52 minutes: Salzburg extend their lead to 3-0. Mane passes to Klein who beats two Horn men on the left side and cuts the ball back perfectly to Kampl, who knocks it into the goal without any difficulty.
57 minutes: Misfortune for Kampl. After a wonderful move he hits the right post and the ball loops over the line – but the referee does not award the goal.
An hour has been played. Salzburg are attacking courageously despite their comfortable advantage . . .
61 minutes: Petermann is caught off his line as Alan tries to beat him with a lob – but hits it over the crossbar.
65 minutes: 4-0 to the Bulls. Hierländer passes, Mane turns inside and smashes the ball inside the top right!
67 minutes: Alan to Zulj, whose shot is blocked.
71 minutes: Hinteregger shoots from long range but fails to beat an alert Petermann.
75 minutes: Zulj beats Erbek and Abraham on the right, and his ball into the box is poked into the net by Alan!
78 minutes: A huge opportunity! Kampl plays an ideal ball into the middle and Alan misses despite being in plenty of space.
79 minutes: Ilsanker gives the ball away and three Horn players are bearing down on the Salzburg goal – but the hosts are unable to capitalise.
Mane makes it 6-0 at the other end as some supply work from Leitgeb allows him to prod the ball over Petermann and complete the half dozen (79’)
83 minutes: Schwegler cuts the ball across perfectly and the substitute Zulj gets a goal – 7-0!
After two minutes of stoppage time the referee blows the final whistle. Red Bull Salzburg reach the Samsung Cup final in style with a 7-0 drubbing in Horn!