Late Equalizer by Kingsley Coman Saved Bayern Munich from Shock Loss to Red Bull Salzburg
Bayern Munich required a late goal from Kingsley Coman to avert a shock last-16 first-leg defeat at Red Bull Salzburg.
In the 90th minute, Winger Coman ghosted in at the far post and converted following Thomas Muller’s flick.
Chukwubuike Adamu, a replacement for Salzburg, had opened the scoring with a wonderful looping strike into the corner.
At 1-0, the hosts had a chance to double their lead, but Karim Adeyemi’s shot was saved and Adamu’s follow-up was blocked.
The energetic home side was making their Champions League knockout round debut but looked right at home against a frequently lacklustre Bayern side.
The Bundesliga champions fell to Bochum 4-2 at home over the weekend, avoiding a back-to-back defeat for the first time since 2019.
Julian Nagelsmann’s team glided through the group stage, winning all six games, but struggled to deal with their opponents’ youth and speed.
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Salzburg, who have fielded the Champions League’s youngest average starting lineup since Ajax in 2003, took the lead on 21 minutes with Adamu’s wonderful attempt.
Brenden Aaronson cut to his left and forced a fine stop from Sven Ulreich, while Germany international Adeyemi’s shot was straight at the Bayern Munich backup goalkeeper.
Bayern strengthened in the second half, and Philipp Kohn made a fine stop to deny Leroy Sane before Frenchman Coman equalized late on.