Penalty chaos in 'strange' Champions League opener

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Salzburg was near to rue 2 missed spot kicks successful its 1-1 gully astatine 10-man Sevilla successful a messy Champions League opener that featured 4 first-half penalties, which is simply a tourney record.

Salzburg converted lone 1 of its 3 penalties, each earned by inspired striker Karim Adeyemi earlier 40 minutes were up successful Seville.

Luka Sucic's spot footwear gave the Austrian squad the pb successful the 21st minute. But Sucic and Adeyemi, some property 19, missed 2 others successful the archetypal half.

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Ivan Rakitic equalized for Sevilla against the travel of play from a punishment successful the 42nd.

Sevilla played a antheral down from the 50th aft striker Youssef En-Nesryi got his 2nd booking for simulating a foul successful the area.

“It was a precise unusual game," Rakitic said. "It was similar each clip they reached our country it was a penalty. You can’t perpetrate 3 penalties successful the Champions League. We person to larn from this. When you person 3 penalties and play a antheral down for 40 minutes, you person to blessed with a draw.”

Lille hosts Wolfsburg aboriginal besides successful Group G.

Salzburg caused Sevilla occupation from the commencement with assertive unit and Adeyemi uncovering down the antiaircraft line.

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Adeyemi earned 3 fouls successful the container acknowledgment to his velocity and dribbling — and immoderate rash defending by Sevilla — earlier 37 minutes were up.

A video reappraisal sent Adeyemi to the spot successful the 13th aft Diego Carlos pushed him down erstwhile the striker received the shot from a poorly defended throw-in.

Adeyemi sent his footwear wide, but helium was close backmost successful the enactment erstwhile 35-year-old Jesús Navas shoved him down from behind.

Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla celebrates with squad mate Alejandro Gomez aft scoring their side's archetypal extremity during the UEFA Champions League radical G lucifer betwixt Sevilla FC and RB Salzburg astatine Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan connected September 14, 2021 successful Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) (Getty)

This time, different teen took it connected himself to instrumentality the kick. Sucic fired into the near broadside of the nett portion goalkeeper Yassine Bounou fell the different way.

Bounou added to manager Julen Lopetegui’s distress erstwhile helium excessively charged into Adeyemi aft different walk recovered him unsocial successful the box.

Once again, Sevilla got a interruption erstwhile Sucic deed the post.

Heavy rainfall started to autumn connected the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium erstwhile the hosts received immoderate assistance from Salzburg’s Maximilian Wober and a video review. Wober’s debased tackle that clipped the ankle of En-Nesryi gave Rakitic the accidental to level earlier halftime.

Lopetegui sent connected Lucas Ocampos and gave a debut to Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney astatine the commencement of the 2nd fractional to effort to summation power of the match.

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But Adeyemi astir acceptable up a 2nd extremity for the visitors erstwhile helium broke escaped to the end-line and crossed for Benjamin Sesko to unit Bounou into making a superb one-handed save.

En-Nesryi was soon sent disconnected erstwhile helium received a 2nd booking for diving erstwhile determination was nary interaction with a defender.

Sevilla improved aft Rafa Mir and Érik Lamela went connected for its attack. But American midfielder Brenden Aaronson went closest to a victor for Salzburg erstwhile helium drew different bully prevention from Bounou successful stoppage time.

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