Red Bulls get some fizz back
- Mon 29 Nov 2010, 11:08AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Salzburg will be flying high when they tackle City in Wednesday night's Europa League group tie following three victories in the space of a week.
The Austrian champions, beaten at home by City in September, are backmarkers in the group but have rediscovered a winning formula that came up trumps again with a 2-1 triumph at LASK Linz.
Roman Wallner headed the Red Bulls in front after 24 minutes, his eighth goal of the campaign, and although Austria midfielder Rene Aufhauser equalised, Dutch midfielder David Mendes fired a deflected 58th-minute winner.
Salzburg's third away win of the season did not especially please coach Huub Stevens, but Wallner said: "We were the better team and should have scored more in the first half, though Linz didn't make life easy for us."
Juventus, City's hosts in the final group game, were held 1-1 by Fiorientina and missed the chance to make up ground on Serie A table-toppers Milan, who also drew 1-1 with Sampdoria despite leading through former Blue Robinho.
Simone Pepe found an equaliser eight minutes from time to head off a damaging home defeat after Juve trailed for most of the game to an early own goal by Marco Motta.
Polish champions Lech Poznan, more formidable now after their poor start, drew 0-0 at Korona Kielce to extend their unbeaten run to four matches since inflicting City's only group defeat at the start of the month.