A youngster touted for a bright future in the colours of Red Bull Salzburg has broken a club record and boosted the Austrian side’s chances of reaching the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Karim Adeyemi made headlines on Tuesday night as he became the youngest player (18 years, 318 days) in the club’s history to score in the UEFA Champions League.
The striker scored the third goal for RB Salzburg as they beat FC Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1 to get themselves back in contention for a last 16 berth which will be decided in the last game of the group phase.
Mergim Berisha put Salzburg ahead after 28 minutes before doubling the lead just before half-time for the away side.
Russian centre back Anton Miranchuk pulled a goal back for Lokomotiv from the penalty spot after 79 minutes, but Adeyemi sealed all three points for Salzburg with nine minutes to go.
The teenager won the ball on the half-way line, made a beautiful solo run and finished with aplomb hitting a low shot into the far post to make it 3-1. With Bayern Munich having already secured a spot in the next round of the competition with four decisive wins in their first four games, Atletico Madrid needed a win to ensure that they finish second in the group.
But a 1-1 draw against the German giants on Tuesday meant RB Salzburg and Atletico Madrid have it all to play for when they face each other in the last game of the group.
Adeyemi will be pleased with how he has turned his career around after being released by Bayern Munich a few years back due to some disciplinary issues which led to him joining third division side SpVgg Unterhaching to revive his career.
RB Salzburg bought the teenager from Unterhaching, but decided to loan him out to their feeder club FC Liefering for the past two seasons and he scored 15 goals in 34 appearances in the Austrian second division.
Since his recall from loan last season he has been fitting in very well in the senior team acting as back-up to Malian attacker Sekou Koita and Zambia’s Patson Daka up front.
This season the teenager has contributed 4 league goals (1 goal and 3 assists) in the 6 games he has played.
Born in Munich to a Nigerian father and Romanian mother, he has played for Germany at youth level, but he has not been roped in to the ‘Super Eagles’ set up yet by coach Gernot Rohr.
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