Salzburg went up with the overall score of 4:0 into the CL play-off. Next opponent: Red Star Belgrade.
Skopje – Red Bull Salzburg has brilliantly overcome the first hurdle on the way to their first participation in the Champions League. In the second leg of the third qualifying round against Shkendija Tetovo, the champion did not miss a beat on Tuesday. Salzburg won 1:0 (0:0) in Skopje after a solid performance. The “bulls” had already travelled to Macedonia with a 3-0 home win.
The substitute Takumi Minamino scored in the 92nd minute after a serious defensive error. Coach Marco Rose’s team entered the final qualifying phase of the Champions League for the seventh time in club history. In the play-off, Red Star Belgrade (2-1 n.V. against Spartak Trnava) is waiting. The Salzburgers will play the first leg next Tuesday away. It is already certain that Salzburg will be in the Europa League group phase if they fail again.
Rose built in the national stadium Filip II. Makedonski, where Shkendija will have to play for a well-rehearsed team due to a home unsuitable for the European Cup. The only team missing from the first leg was Zlatko Junuzovic, who had been suspended, and Amadou Haidara took the place of the former team player. Andreas Ulmer was fit after his calf problems on the weekend.
Shkendija Tetovo Honours
Macedonian First League:
- Winners (2): 2010–11, 2017–18
- Runners-up (2): 2015–16, 2016–17
Macedonian Football Supercup:
- Winners (1): 2011
Macedonian Second League:
- Winners (3): 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2009–10
Macedonian Football Cup:
- Winners (2): 2015–16, 2017–18
- Runners-up (3): 2005–06, 2012–13, 2016–17
“Bulls” remained concentrated
Shkendija started off with a brisk backdrop, but it was Salzburg who took the early lead with Munas Dabbur. The Israeli goalscorer, however, missed the ball a few yards before the goal from his opponent Reinhold Yabo (5th). The bulls’ performance remained concentrated afterwards, they didn’t really have to go to their limits. The fact that they did not only want to administer their projection, made the Salzburger clear nevertheless.
The Macedonians’ game structure was disrupted early on, and the home side were hardly able to play their way dangerously in front of Salzburg’s penalty area. In the 25th minute, after a Ramalho header following a corner, the ball was even in Shkendija’s goal, but the Hungarian referee Tamas Bognar saw a foul from the Brazilian before. Shkendija did not endanger Salzburg-Goalie Cican Stankovic’s goal barrier until the break in some long-range shots.
The first minutes after the restart were turbulent. Once again the Macedonians started, but their early attacks let the defensive work slip away. Xaver Schlager found the starting Yabo, who played unselfishly for Hannes Wolf. He shot over the empty goal (48.). Two minutes later Wolf was free again, but the midfielder was defeated by Shkendija goalkeeper Kostadin Sachow. Chomp Casino is popular because of its impressive selection of Fun Slots and feature packed Casino Games.
Devastating return pass
As a result, there was excitement about penalty area scenes both over and over. Shkendija’s attacker Besart Ibraimi fell in the penalty area after a duel with Marin Pongracic. Bognar did not give a penalty, nor did he after a twitch on Dabbur’s jersey. In contrast to the first half of the match, both sides were now in the middle of the field, with Shkendija causing problems for the Salzburgers, especially through Ibraimi.
However, Stankovic acted safely and for the fourth time did not let himself be defeated in his fifth season. The fact that Salzburg won the sixth game of the season for the sixth time was due to a devastating return pass from Stenio Junior. The Brazilian was ideal for Minamino, the Japanese had no problems. 17:1 is Salzburg’s goal balance now after games in ÖFB Cup, league and European Cup.