The ‘Red Bull derby’ predictably produced much mirth on Twitter
RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg were drawn in the same group in this season’s Europa League.
A Europa League clash between two teams heavily associated with Red Bull prompted plenty of wry commentary from fans.
Both German side RB Leipzig and Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg have strong links to the energy-drink maker and controversy has surrounded the potential for them to meet for some time.
The 2018/19 Europa League draw finally produced the outcome many had feared – the two sides were drawn together in Group B, along with Celtic and Rosenborg.
Red Bull v Red Bull at the Red Bull Arena in the Europa league. Sponsors getting their money's worth out of this fixture— James Storer (@JamesStorer1977) September 20, 2018
If the teams weren’t providing enough references to their Red Bull links, the stadium hosting the game was the Red Bull Arena.
If ever a derby summed up the modern game, it was this one.
Red Bull Leipzig v Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League tonight. Great to see these local derbies.....— Nigel Adderley (@nadderley) September 20, 2018
The fixture was at least a chance to try out some puns.
RB Salzburg vs RB Leipzig - the Red Bull multi-pack. The game that gives you wingers...— DB NYC LDN (@dbhoops) September 20, 2018
And if ever a game warranted a half-and-half scarf, it was this one.
RB Leipzig - Red Bull Salzburg tonight in the Europa League— Bob (@In_Ludo_Veritas) September 20, 2018
Expecting record sales of half and half scarves
While this game in particular has caused controversy due to the strong links between the clubs, it’s not the first time the Europa League has produced a confusing fixture for commentators, with this draw made for the knockout stages last season.
Gent v Genk is a classic tie, especially for the hilarious potential for confusion between the two.— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) February 24, 2017
Who needs the Champions League?