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Red Bull Salzburg became the first Austrian side in Champions League history to reach the knockout rounds after finishing second in Group D with 10 points from their six matches, just one point behind group winners Lille.
Accumulating seven points from their opening three games put Die Roten Bullen in a strong position to qualify, before back-to-back defeats against Wolfsburg and Lille left their last-16 hopes hanging in the balance.
Matthias Jaissle‘s men required at least a point against Sevilla in their final group fixture to advance, but they managed to secure all three thanks to a second-half strike from Noah Okafor, which sparked wild celebrations from the Salzburg camp.
At just 33 years of age, Jaissle deserves a lot of credit for steering his Salzburg side into the last 16, in tandem with extending their lead at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga to 14 points, with a ninth successive top-flight crown now theirs to lose.
Salzburg, who have won only one of their last six games against German opposition, now face the daunting task of going up against one of the tournament favourites in the form of Bayern Munich.
Die Roten Bullen will be familiar with the six-time European champions, after locking horns in last season’s group stage. They did, however, suffer defeat on both occasions and conceded nine goals in the process.
Salzburg will be without forward Benjamin Sesko due to a muscle injury and the teenager joins Zlatko Junuzovic (heel), Albert Vallci (Achilles), Bryan Okoh, Bernardo, Sekou Koita and Ousmane Diakite (all knee) on the treatment table.
Nicolas Capaldo started in last Friday’s 2-1 league win over Rapid Wien, but having made all five of his Champions League appearances as a substitute this season, the Argentine could be replaced by Nicolas Seiwald, who is likely to join Mohamed Camara and Luka Sucic in centre-midfield.
USA international Brenden Aaronson is expected to continue in an advanced midfield role in behind strikers Karim Adeyemi and Okafor, who have scored 30 goals between them across all competitions this term.
As for Bayern Munich, they will be without first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the next three to five weeks after he underwent knee surgery earlier this month, so Sven Ulreich is set to retain his place between the sticks.
Nagelsmann has revealed that Alphonso Davies is on the road to recovery from myocarditis, but the Canadian remains sidelined, while Leon Goretzka (knee) and Jamal Musiala (COVID-19) are also ruled out.
The German boss named an attacking lineup in the defeat against Bochum which included Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane; however, one of the latter three could drop out for Corentin Tolisso, who may start in a deeper midfield role alongside Joshua Kimmich.
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Full-backs Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are set to retain their places in the first XI, as are centre-backs Niklas Sule and Dayot Upamecano, while talisman Robert Lewandowski – who has scored 37 goals in just 30 games across all competitions this season, including nine in six Champions League starts – will lead the line up front.
Red Bull Salzburg possible starting lineup:
Kohn; Kristensen, Onguene, Wober, Ulmer; Sucic, Camara, Siewald; Aaronson; Adeyemi, Okafor
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Ulreich; Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kimmich, Tolisso; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Lewandowski