Red Bull Salzburg dominated a mostly reserve Atletico Madrid team on Wednesday with the only goal coming from Karim Adeyemi in the 34th minute. The game played at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria was an early litmus test for what the team could potentially do in Europe during the Champions League.
"We can't allow ourselves to take the wrong conclusions," said manager Matthias Jassle. "We have to keep it in perspective. To way we played today really pleased me though."
The game was extra emotional for Salzburg and their fans as it was the return of supporters to the stadium. The packed house fired up the reigning Austrian champions, pushing them to victory. Centre back Kamil Piatkowski was especially impressive, moving the ball well out of the back and springing the midfield forward.
The young Madrid team wasn't completely helpless as they pushed for the game's opening goal in the 25th minute. German Valara laid off a pass to Giuliano Simeone but couldn't find the back of the net. The game changed in the 34th minute when Adeyemi pushed past the defense and scored on starting Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.
"Scoring against the Spanish champions is something special," said Adeyemi. "It's so much fun to play in front of so many fans. A great moment. We put our principles out there wonderfully."
Next Salzburg will return to league play against SV Ried on Sunday at Red Bull Arena. It'll be their first home game of the Austrian Bundesliga season.