Bayern Munich is looking to bounce back from a rare Bundesliga defeat as its Champions League knock-out stage participation begins with a trip to the Red Bull Arena to face RB Salzburg.
Bayern fell 4-2 away to VfL Bochum on Saturday — and manager Julian Nagelsmann will still be without Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies and teenager Jamal Musiala through a variety of injuries and illnesses.
But the German champions’ record in Europe is impeccable so far this campaign— six wins from six during the group stages, beating Benfica, Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv home and away.
Bayern will get a decent test from an in-your-face RB Salzburg team which became the first Austrian team to advance to the Champions League Round of 16. Its strength lies in a core of young, dynamic attackers headlined by Karim Adeyemi, Noah Okafor and American Brenden Aaronson, whose names are already making the rounds as potential summer transfers.
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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
RB Salzburg vs. Bayern Munich live score
Goals: Adamu, Salzburg, 21st min
(All times Eastern)
45th min: Half-time. Bayern Munich have not played well, and RB Salzburg are good value for their one-goal lead. They’re playing efficient, direct football and putting the pressure on a wobbly Bayern back line.
44th min: Adeyemi is rolling around in the box following Pavard’s swung leg. VAR checks it over – no penalty. There does seem to be contact but he did make ground quite easily.
40th min: Consecutive shots from Muller and Gnabry are blocked, and Kingsley Coman then heads tamely into the arms of Kohn.
30th min: Sane drags his shot wide of the far post.
29th min: Bayern are trying to stroke some passes around and retain possession.
24th min: A fingertip save from Ulreich, demonstrating quick reactions after Aaronson gets a left-footed shot off.
21st min: GOAL!
And it’s the Salzburg substitute Adamu, who’s only been on the pitch for ten minutes! Good long ball forward down the right and Adeyemi works it through to Aaronson. He taps it to his left, and Adamu smashes it first time into the roof of the net. Tremendous finish.
19th min: Bobbling shot from the edge of the area takes a couple of deflections on its way through but Kohn dives on it and smothers it.
16th min: Nifty little free kick from Seiwald, sent out to the right, but the flag is raised for offside pretty quickly.
15th min: Sane is trying to get things moving for Bayern down the right side as they look to assert themselves. Every attack from them is met by loud whistling from the Salzburg fans.
12th min: Pause in play as Okafor receives some treatment and ultimately walks rather gingerly out of the match. He’s replaced by Adamu.
8th min: Ulreich is being tested early, opting for a weak punch rather than claiming the ball directly, which won’t fill him with confidence.
5th min: Adeyemi is very lively for Salzburg in these opening exchanges, causing all manner of problems on the flanks.
3rd min: Bayern are looking a little shaky at the back and vulnerable on the break – they’ve already had to put in a last-ditch block.
1st min: Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle and we are under way.
2:55 p.m.: The teams and officials are heading out on to the pitch for the pre-match pleasantries. The stands look pretty busy – lots of flags being waved.
2:30 p.m.: These sides met in the group stage last season, with Bayern winning home and away. This is the first time Salzburg have reached the knock-out stages of the competition.
12:32 p.m.: The cozy setting at Red Bull Arena for today’s match in Salzburg, Austria:
Every single one of these seats will have someone roaring on our boys against some of the world’s best later😍#UCL #shinebright #SALFCB pic.twitter.com/ELJ3egOLo3
— FC Red Bull Salzburg EN (@FCRBS_en) February 16, 2022
RB Salzburg vs. Bayern lineups
No major surprises in the Salzburg starting lineup with the team’s trio of attacking gems leading the front line.
RB Salzburg starting lineup (3-4-3 left to right): 18-Kohn (GK) — 17-Ulmer (capt.), 39-Wober, 22-Solet, 43-Kristensen— 13-Seiwald, 19-Camara, 7-Capaldo — 27-Adeyemi, 11-Aaronson, 77-Okafor
RB Salzburg subs (12): 1-Mantl (GK), 23-Walke, 37-Guindo, 4-Piatkowski, 2-Van der Brempt, 10-Bernede, 21-Sucic, 44-Tijani, 16-Junuzovic, 14-Kjaergaard, 9-Adamu, 23-Simic
It’s as strong a lineup as Nagelsmann can field right now for Bayern Munich given the absences of several starters, including Canadian international Alphonso Davies.
Bayern Munich lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 26-Ulreich (GK) — 21-Hernandez, 4-Sule, 5-Pavard — 11-Coman, 24-Tolisso, 6-Kimmich, 7-Gnabry — 10-Sane, 9-Lewandowski, 25-Muller (capt.)
Bayern Munich subs (12): 36-Fruchtl (GK), 2-Upamecano, 3-Richards, 13-Choupo-Moting, 14-Wanner, 18-Sabitzer, 20-Sarr, 22-Roca, 23-Nianzou, 38-Vidovic, 40-Tillman, 44-Stanisic
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How to watch Salzburg vs. Bayern
- Date: Wed, Feb. 16
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- USA TV channel: Galavision
- Canada TV channel: None
- USA streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+
- Canada streaming: DAZN
USA: Wednesday’s match airs on Galavision (Spanish) in the United States. The channel can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial to new users.
Canada: The Champions League in Canada is available exclusively live and on demand via DAZN.
Salzburg vs. Bayern Munich betting odds
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism