For the people of Mozartstadt it was the first success in the “premier class” after two defeats last time. In addition, the 18th Champions League match of the Red Bull era was the first time they did not concede a goal. The reward for this is, among other things, an additional UEFA bonus of 9.6 million euros.
The Salzburg team achieved the great triumph despite by no means a grandiose performance, but with a large portion of callousness, especially in the second half, when after yellow-red for Joan Jordan (64th) they were outnumbered. Before the break, there was a lot of struggle and spasm. The “cops” were nervous – the team of coach Matthias Jaissle often lost promising moments after hard-earned ball wins with a few unnecessary bad passes. Sevilla FC, whose starting eleven were on average almost six years older than those of Salzburg, presented themselves more hardened and structured in this phase, but the Andalusians were not really dangerous for the time being.
The only result of the guests before the break were headers from Jules Kounde to Cornern next to the goal (11th, 45th) and a shot by Ivan Rakitic, with which Salzburg goalkeeper Philipp Köhn had no problems (35th). The hosts, on the other hand, only had a miss from Luka Sucic from about 18 meters (33rd).
It was much more turbulent at the beginning of the second half. After a cross from Gonzalo Montiel and an extension of the header from Rakitic, Munir El Haddadi headed the crossbar from close range, Köhn would have had no chance (48th). A little later Salzburg scored the gold goal: Andreas Ulmer made sure to win the ball, Nicolas Seiwald made the game fast, Brenden Aaronson cleared Karim Adeyemi on the left and Okafor used his Stanglpass by direct acceptance (50th).
Sevilla became more offensive, but soon had to take the next blow in the neck. Adeyemi hurried away from Jordan, the already cautioned midfielder only knew how to help himself with a foul and saw a yellow-red (64th). Shortly afterwards, Adeyemis was replaced, apparently due to muscle problems, but even without the DFB team player, Salzburg could not be denied promotion.
The “Bulls” controlled the game, showed when Okafor (72nd, 73rd) and Aaronson (87th) were on the offensive and did not allow the Spaniards any more positive chances. The historic ascent was thus perfect, and yet Sturm Graz still has a bit ahead of Salzburg in the Champions League: The Styrians even advanced as group winners in 2000/01, but this was not followed by the knockout phase, but another group phase.