DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Cameroon Indomitable Lions defender, Jerome Onguene and club, Red Bull Salzburg have achieved a long awaited feat for Austrian clubs in Europe’s most valued and competitive club competition, the UEFA Champions League.
Onguene and Salzburg on Wednesday December 8, became the first team from Austria to qualify for the knock out stages of the competition in two decades.
The outfit reached the mark after beating one of Spain’s heavyweights, Seville 1 nil in their final Group G fixture of the 2021/2022 UCL campaign.
Swiss teenage forward, Noah Okafor netted the lone goal at the 50th minute to give the Austrians the much needed win with Jerome Onguene playing full time on the night and successfully slowing down Sevilla’s attacking operations.
The triumph saw the RB Salzburg moving to 10 points and sealing second spot in the classification table, seating a point below group winners Lille from France.
The defending Austrian Bundesliga champions achieved a feat last held by Sturm Graz who reached the knock-out stages during the 2000-2001 UCL season.
Despite the team’s youthfulness with the side having the youngest squad with an average of 22 years, the outfit managed to bypass all the odds in the group stages, sidelining the likes of multiple Europa League winners, Seville, current French Ligue 1 champions Lille and German side Wolfsburg.
The team presently considered as Europe’s biggest talent hub after shipping out the likes of Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Patson Daka, will be facing the likes of giants Liverpool, Bayern Munchen and Manchester United in the knock-out stages.
These, with 23-year-old Jerome Onguene who played five of the team’s six matches in the group stage, looking forward to shinning once again in arguably the world’s most talked about club football competition.
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