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RB Salzburg Young Guns Too Much To Handle Early For Bayern

RB Salzburg Young Guns Too Much To Handle Early For Bayern
By Jonathan Byrne Updated

RB Salzburg enjoyed a brilliant start to their Champions League welcome of Bayern Munich to the Red Bull Arena.

The Austrian standouts went into this game as sizeable underdogs, given the depth and strength of the Bayern squad and their success in Europe as of late.

RB Salzburg are almost like a bit of a Southampton or Ajax. They've produced plenty of talent over the years, but find it hard to hang on to their best pieces.

Nonetheless, it definitely didn't feel like Salzburg were deserved of the underdog tag if the first-half was anything to go by. They were electric and seemed to catch Bayern off guard.

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Bayern lined up with a back three of sorts with Hernandez, Sule and Pavard the preferred defensive pieces. They found it difficult to keep up with Salzburg's pace.

Much was said of Karim Adeyemi before the game, as well as some of his teammates, but he rose to the occasion and delivered on the hype in the first-half.

He was a nightmare on the Salzburg counter-attack and kept Bayern on their toes for the first 45 minutes. His attacking partner, Noah Okafor, made way for Chukwubuike Adamu early on.

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Adamu ended up being the thorn in Bayern's side as his 21st minute strike curled past Sven Ulreich in the away goal. Not bad for your first Champions League strike.

Bayern's high-line left them vulnerable, and it didn't help that nothing seemed to be gelling for them on attack. Serge Gnabry looked dangerous at times but to no avail.

The German champions standout man, Robert Lewandowski, was almost a non-runner in the first-half. They'll be hoping for more from him as the game progresses.

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Adeyemi tried his best to make it 2-0 as he was brought down by Benjamin Pavard in the Bayern box, but it was ruled to be too theatrical.

American Brenden Aaronson was also a threat for the home side tucked behind the front two, with all three attackers putting Bayern in uncomfortable situations.

Salzburg and coach Matthias Jaissle will be very pleased with what they've seen from the first 45 minutes.

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