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Schlager's deflected effort drew Salzburg level on aggregate

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Pin Schlager's effort was deflected past Pele by Sarr. Screenshot/beINSports
Schlager's effort was deflected past Pele by Sarr. Screenshot/beINSports

Schlager's deflected effort drew Salzburg level on aggregate

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Red Bull Salzburg remain a minnow on the European stage, despite the investment they have received from a certain soft drinks manufacturer, but Xaver Schlager's strike against Marseille put them one step closer to enhancing their reputation significantly.

Having lost 2-0 to Marseille in the first leg of their Europea League semi-final, the Austrian side needed  to win by the same margin on home truf to force extra time, something that most onlookers saw as unlikely.

However, Amadou Haidara got the comeback off to the perfect start after 53 minutes of the game with a fine individual effort, which began a huge push from the hosts as they grew in confidence.

That push was rewarded just 12 minutes later as the Austrians found their second.

Despite two Salzburg players being in an offside position as Haidara crossed, play was waved on and when Marseille failed to clear, Schlager controlled the loose ball and fired at goal, with his effort deflecting in off the hapless Bouna Sarr.

That goal levelled the tie on aggregate, leaving extra time and penalties a distinct possibility.

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