We drew 1-1 today with WSG Swarovski Tirol in a friendly match at the Red Bull Arena. Scoring for the Red Bulls was Albert Vallci.
Our team made an ambitious start to the friendly clash against the Tyrolean side a week before the cup final. The first promising attack came in the fifth minute, but Noah Okafor wasn't able to finish it. Three minutes later, a shot from Hee Chan Hwang was blocked at the last moment. The side placed tenth in the Tipico Bundesliga took the lead – with Yeboah nodding in from a corner (12'). Patson Daka could have put us on level terms soon after, but he just missed with a header in the 18th minute.
Our equaliser also resulted from a corner. This time it was Albert Vallci who struck soon after the break, firing in from short range to make it 1-1. After around an hour of play, our coach Jesse Marsch made wholesale changes as eight substitutes came on. Shortly after the mass substitutions, Vallci grabbed the limelight again - he sent a free-kick from around 18 metres out just past the visitors' goal. Vallci then threatened for the third time in the 82nd minute as the defender fired over from a good position from another corner.
other things to note:
- Rasmus Kristensen suffered a muscle injury in his left thigh, and will undergo further tests in the days to come.
- Mohamed Camara returned to Salzburg a few days ago. He has had a medical check-up and was passed fit to train again with the team again for the first time yesterday. He made a brief appearance today.
- Not in action was Masaya Okugawa due to muscular problems in his thigh.
- The next training session will be tomorrow morning, while the players will have a day off on Sunday.
We had a good start to the match. Even if the quality wasn't quite there in some moments, the tempo and intensity were very decent. We had the game under control, and after such a long break it is to be expected that not everything is working perfectly. It is important for us to understand that small mistakes from set pieces can make a big difference. On the whole, it was a decent friendly match and a good lesson for us.
After the long break - nine weeks I think - it was a superb feeling to be back on the pitch. You could see that we were lacking a little in terms of fitness. It was still a great test against very motivated opponents. We were still able to play our own game and we were very dominant. We weren't always as sharp going forward as we needed to be. Ultimately it was a very good test ahead of the cup final next week though.