RB now third: Leipzig beat Bayer Leverkusen – and take big step towards Champions League

Between the semi-finals of the Europa League and the semi-finals of the DFB Cup against Union, the in-form Leipzigers had to travel to Leverkusen, third in the table, at the end of the 30th day.

After a first tactical phase, the Werkselfs entered the game a little better as the game progressed and scored the first goals of the game on long shots from Robert Andrich (13′) and Charles Aranguíz (24′). Shortly after, Jonathan Tah walked into the arms of RB goalkeeper Peter Gulácsi (27th) from a corner, who also took the upper hand two minutes later on a shot from a tight angle by Moussa Diaby (29th).

A Leipzig starting XI that had moved up seven positions from last Thursday faced set-up problems in the first round and failed to score a single goal before the break whistle.

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This was to change a few seconds after the restart: after substitute Christopher Nkunku fell in a duel with Tah, the ball landed on Dominik Szoboszlai, who only touched the post at eleven meters (46th). RB remained on the trigger, shortly after Marcel Halstenberg fired a free kick just above the right angle (49th).

Leipzig remained the most active team thereafter and eventually rewarded themselves with the opening goal. After Adams’ ball victory on the halfway line, the guests moved quickly forward, Nkunku immediately picked up the pace and served Dominik Szoboszlai on the left in sixteen. The Hungarian shot ten meters from the outside right kick, Tah deviated untenably under the bar during his save (69th).

Leverkusen pushes the equalizer again in the last minutes: apart from Diaby’s shot into the side net (78th) and an unfortunate shot from Schick, which sends the Czech spinning (87th), the worker Werkself did nothing. a lot offensively. With the victory, Leipzig have overtaken Leverkusen in third place in the table and are well on their way to qualifying for the CL.

The voices:

Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen): “This game didn’t deserve a winner. It all depends on the little things for us at the moment. We have four games left and we are good in the Champions League race.”

Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen): “The game was very balanced, we made it very difficult for Leipzig in the first half. We lost concentration when we conceded which is obviously disappointing.”

Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig): “It was a tough game, we had another tough game against Atalanta on Thursday. We wanted the win more today.”

Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig): “We didn’t play well in the first half. In the second half it was much better – we changed quicker and had good chances.”

The tweet about the game:

This stood out: difference player Nkunku

With the replacement of Christopher Nkunku, the attacking dynamic of the game changed in Leipzig after the break. The Frenchman continued to be brought up smartly in the interstices and drove attack after attack for Leipzig. Nkunku just now knows when to pass the ball with a touch and when to pick up the pace with the ball. Thanks to his assist on the decisive goal, Nkunku collected his 30th point this season (17 goals, 13 assists).

Stats: 200

RB Leipzig played their 200th Bundesliga game that night.

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