Salzburg threatens another CL-Off
Update The Austrian champions disappointed in the qualification for the Champions League against Croatian club Rijeka. Nizzas Mario Balotelli meets Ajax Amsterdam. Salzburg are in danger of missing out on their first-ever qualifying round in the Champions League group stage in their tenth attempt, with the Austrian champions not beating Croatian champion HNK Rijeka 1-1 (0-1) in their first leg at home. Former Schalker and Mainz native Mario Gavranovic put Rijeka in the lead after 30 minutes, Hee-Chan Hwang equalled (49.) With Alexander Walke and Reinhold Yabo, two Germans were in the starting eleventh place in Salzburg. Next Wednesday (20.45 hrs) the return leg in Croatia will be on the rise, with Salzburg having prevailed over Malta’s Hibernians in the second qualifying round. If the Austrian top club continues to play against Rijeka, the playoffs will be waiting for another round of qualifying. The winners of the 1899 Hoffenheim playoffs are in the group stage of the royal class, with Salzburg having failed in qualifying in recent years due to teams from Luxembourg and Sweden, among others, and the top game of the third qualifying round between OGC Nice and Ajax Amsterdam ending 1:1 (1:0). The tour of superstar Mario Balotelli (32nd) countered Donny van de Beek after 49 minutes. The European League finalist Ajax had Amin Younes on duty for the full time, newcomer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sat on the bench for 90 minutes and Celtic Glasgow was disappointed in Celtic Park 0-0 against Rosenborg Trondheim.