Bohs claim precious 1-1 draw in Salzburg
Bohemians held Red Bull Salzburg to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League Second Round Qualifying tie tonight (Wednesday).
The Gypsies were dealt a hammer blow on 25 minutes when Milan Dudic rose highest at a corner and headed the hosts in front.
However, the Premier Division champions were not prepared to give up the fight and kept playing their own way, which frustrated Huub Stevens’ side.
Brian Murphy was called upon to save a penalty after the referee was tricked by Marc Janko’s dive inside the box and the Austria international failed to find a way past the alert shot-stopper.
The good work that Bohemians put in was rewarded on 60 minutes when Jason Byrne knocked a header down into the path of the unmarked Joseph Ndo and the skillful attacker made no mistake from two yards out.
Buoyed on by the home crowd, Salzburg kept pushing for another goal and forced Murphy into a fine save before hitting the post from close range.
Pat Fenlon will now be hoping that a good crowd turn out in support of the Dublin club when they host Salzburg in the return leg next week, but he will be delighted that his team were able to score an away goal.
Red Bull Salzburg: Gustafsson, Dudic, Schwegler, Opdam, Svento, Cziommer, Janko, Sekagya, Leitgeb, Aufhauser, Ngwat Mahop.
Bohemians: B Murphy, Rossiter, Shelley, Oman, Powell, J Byrne, Deegan, Keegan, Brennan, Ndo, Crowe.