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With an assist for RB Salzburg's goal, Brenden Aaronson equaled Messi's UEFA Champions League record against Bayern

The USMNT international helped his team keep Lewandoski and Co. on the ropes for most of the match.

With this duel, Aaronson has now entered UEFA Champions League history, making a mark that puts him on a par with Lionel Messi.
With this duel, Aaronson has now entered UEFA Champions League history, making a mark that puts him on a par with Lionel Messi.

In a UEFA Champions League duel, Brenden Aaronson provided the assist for RB Salzburg's goal against Bayern and, with this action, equaled a Messi record. The match ended 1-1 and leaves things even for the second leg. 

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Die Roten Bullen's (the Red Bulls) goal, scored in the 21st minute by Chukwubuike Adamu, thanks to Aaronson's pass, kept Robert Lewandowsky and Co. on the ropes until the 90th minute, when they were able to equalize with a goal by Kingsley Coman

Julian Nagelsmann's game plan came up against a Red Bulls who were unwilling to give up any space on the pitch and, under the guidance of Matthias Jaissle, attacked their opponents with everything they had from the start of the match. 

Brenden Aaronson's assist to open the scoring for RB Salzburg

The match had barely gotten underway when a Salzburg breakaway left Brenden Aaronson on the halfway line, but his shot was blocked by the Bavarian defense. Salzburg was looking to surprise Bayern, which was to be the case later on.

Both clubs had an intense duel, which was reflected in the 11th minute when Salzburg's Swiss striker Noah Okafor was forced to leave the game with a right thigh injury. In his place came youngster Junior Adamu from the Salzburg youth academy.

And although everyone thought that this change would have a negative effect on the home side, in the end, it turned out to be just the opposite. 

In the 21st minute, Bayern's defense got disorganized in an attack by the Bulls and allowed a pass to fall through the legs of USMNT international Brenden Aaronson.

Instead of trying to control the ball, Aaronson had a split-second idea and played the ball to the newly-entered Adamu, who, finding himself all alone in front of Sven Ulreich's goal, shot mercilessly to make the score 1-0.

In the second half, Bayern came out better and had the Austrians on the back foot, and Sané even came close to scoring on the counterattack in the 72nd minute. 

The match became a little more even and Aaronson's team came close to scoring a long-awaited second goal, but this time neither Adeyemi nor Adamu could beat Ulreich in a counterattack that Bayern saved under the posts.

But the Red Bulls' resistance to Bayern's onslaught would not last long, as just after 90 minutes, on the verge of the final whistle, Pavard delivered a cross into the box from the right flank, where Thomas Müller flicked the ball on for Coman to reach the right post alone to slot past Pillpp Köhn's goal.

The score was thus sealed at 1-1, which makes things even for both teams for the second leg at the Allianz Arena. 

Lionel Messi's record matched by Brenden Aaronson with his pass to the goal

Throughout the Salzburg vs. Bayern match, USMNT international Brenden Aaronson managed to create five goal-scoring opportunities, making him the youngest player to do so since Lionel Messi in 2008 against Celtic.

With this duel, Aaronson has now entered UEFA Champions League history, making a mark that puts him on a par with Lionel Messi, at least in the number of chances created on goal.

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Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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