The World of Red Bull Soccer - May 11
Red Bull Salzburg
A 4-2 thrashing of KSv Superfund vaulted the Red Bulls into a tie for first place in the tipp3-Bundesliga. Three first half goals put the game out of reach by halftime despite an early second half penalty converted by Superfund. Another Superfund goal made things interesting late, but Wallner netted a brace with another strike in the final minute of stoppage time to assure his club of the three points.
The Red Bulls are level with SK Sturm Graz at 56 points in the table, two ahead of FK Austria Wien, against whom Salzburg still has a match on the schedule, and six clear of the rest of the pack. It has certainly come down to a three-team race, and Salzburg controls its fate more than the others with the faceoff against Austria Wien looming.
Before that, the Red Bulls will face ninth-place SV Mattersburg on May 15 hoping to pull ahead of Sturm Graz heading into the final two matches of the season.
Daniel Frahn scored, Paul Schinke netted one of his own and Sven Neuhaus stopped a penalty to hand the Red Bulls the lead at the half against ZFC Meueselwitz, but the tables turned in the second as Frahn was sent off and Sebastian Albert received a second yellow card and was forced to leave the field. Defeat seemed imminent with the Red Bulls so shorthanded, but Schinke played the hero in recording a brace with another goal in the final play of stoppage time to equalize and Leipzig left with a point rather than none.
That one point is the difference in the table between fourth place Leipzig and fifth place Hallescher FC, which are both well behind and clear of teams on either side and will face off Sunday, May 15 at Red Bull Arena.
Three matches remain in league play, including the Hallescher faceoff, which could allow the Red Bulls (16-5-10) to jump as high as third as they are only seven points back of VfB Lübek, but closer at hand is the battle with Hallescher for fourth place. Leipzig will also host SG Dynamo Dresden on May 18 in the Pokal Sachsen.
Red Bull Brasil
The Copa Paulista is set to begin in July as the Red Bulls have just begun re-signing players after the offseason. The winner of the tournament advances to the Copa do Brasil in 2012.
The U-20 squad will begin play in the São Paulo Championship on May 13; a tune-up against Internacional produced a 4-1 scoreline. The top four clubs in each group will advance to the next round; Red Bull Brasil will face Flamengo-SP at home to open play.
The U-15 and U-17 teams dominated last-place Barcelona on the weekend, posting ridiculous 7-1 and 14-0 scorelines in the sweep. Hideki notched a hat trick for the U-15s while Victor amazed fans with a seven-goal performance for the U-17s, who also enjoyed hat trick from Lucas Vilela and a brace from Lucas Machado. Both squads remain undefeated at 5-0 and tied for first with Corinthians.
Red Bull Ghana
The club completed its season April 17 and is currently in the offseason.