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3-1 defeat to Sturm Graz

Salzburg lose ahead of trip to Munich

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FC Salzburg, Bayern’s next opponents in the Champions League, lost in their final match before Wednesday’s meeting in Munich. Jesse Marsch’s team were beaten 3-1 at home to fourth-placed Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga on Saturday. After a goalless first half, Ivan Ljubic (48’) and Jakob Jantscher (53’, 59’) fired Graz into a 3-0 lead, with Mërgim Berisha’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

First league defeat of the season

It was Salzburg’s first defeat in the league this season, although they remain top of the table with 19 points after eight games. However, closest pursuers Rapid Vienna could overtake them with victory at SV Ried on Sunday afternoon.

Bayern won 6-2 in the first fixture in Austria.

On Wednesday (live text and Webradio commentary from 3:00 pm ET on fcbayern.com), Salzburg visit holders Bayern on Matchday 4 of the Champions League group stage. The German record champions triumphed 6-2 in the first fixture, and could secure their place in the last 16 early with another win here.

Bayern stayed top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen in their 50th game under Hansi Flick:

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