The additional shifts on the training ground have paid off for new international Karim Adeyemi – and two days before the World Cup qualifiers run in perfect time.
“After the Sevilla match I was on the field normally and today I succeeded,” said the 19-year-old RB Salzburg striker after the 2-1 win over OSC Lille. In a 1-1 draw on the first day of the Champions League, the U21 champions awarded a penalty to the Austrians, and now scored two goals from the point.
“We are very happy, we scored three points at home against a very strong opponent. We, as a young group, wanted to show ourselves and not hide,” he said after hitting two penalties in the 35th and 53rd minutes. However, the striker cautioned against over-euphoria. : “It’s unbelievable, a beautiful thing, but in principle we haven’t won anything yet.”
Salzburg coach Matthias Giseli confirmed after the match that Adeyemi was chosen as the first to take a penalty despite the incident in Seville, where he was nonetheless named “the best player in the game”. “He was rewarded today,” the coach said, expressing delight that Adeyemi set a record for former Bayern professional Arjen Robben with his fourth penalty kick – after three in Sevilla – in a top-flight season. Salzburg’s next challenger is Wolfsburg at home on October 20.
Adeyemi’s last appearance in the first national team was a 6-0 victory over Armenia. National coach Hansi Flick nominated the squad for the matches against Romania and North Macedonia on Friday.
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