RB Leipzig with the next setback in the Champions League match: The Red Bulls are defeated by ten Gladbachers

RB Leipzig, who aimed for fourth place and thus the Champions League qualifier, entered the match with five changes compared to the first match in the Europa League against Rangers. Among other things, Kevin Kampl, who was suspended in the Europa League, returned to start-11. In addition, André Silva stormed the offensive as the only striker in the 3-4-2-1 system.

The foals, who had to do without support from their fans for 19 minutes due to a protest against the RB Leipzig construction, made only one change in the start-11. Captain Lars Stindl returned, Alassane Pléa initially took a seat on the bench.

Gladbach, who did not care much for the rest of the season, was from the start the strongest side and played very actively with the guests. The foals finally took the lead in the 17th minute. Stindl ran onto a great ball from Konrad Laimer, which beat the offside trap, the keeper came rushing out and the lob was attempted, but the lob didnt succeed. Breel Embolo was completely free and converted from eleven meters in goal.

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RB Leipzig had a hard time on the waterlogged pitch – his trademark technique was nowhere in sight today. With 36 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. Silva caught a high ball in the left half of the field and then sent Christopher Nkunku, who moved into the right half of the field and safely pushed into the left corner.

The equalizer was just a quick awakening for Leipzig, who seemed to go on the offensive but neglected their defensive work. Gladbach equalized in extra time via Embolo, who played a through ball to Jonas Hofmann in the center circle. The winger ran alone towards goal and placed the ball in the left corner (45 + 2).

The Red Bulls showed an improved performance in the second half, attacking from the start and creating good chances to score. In the 55th minute, the visitors were close to equalizing 2: 2. After a cross from Angeliño’s left side, Silva’s head failed from four yards to Yann Sommer and the crossbar.

Another seemingly good chance for Leipzig was thwarted by Gladbach by unfair play. Nkunku was looking for a pass from Dani Olmo. Nico Elvedi pulled the emergency brake with a tackle, stopped Leipzig’s top scorer just before the edge of the penalty area and saw the expulsion in the 64th minute – a clear thing.

In the 71st minute, Gladbach were awarded a free kick as their counter attack dried up. Coming in from the left wing, that cross by Nkunku found the head of Ramy Bensebaini and he directed it in. Making the score 0 – 1. The referee and VAR saw it differently and let the game continue.

Just a few minutes later, Florian Neuhaus won the ball on his own defense against Kampl and opened a Gladbach counter-attack. The ball landed at the feet of Jordan Beyer, who was completely unmarked in the box. The German international was there again from eleven meters in the right-hand position and hit the left corner (77th) to 3-1, which meant a fifth place in the table for Leipzig.

The votes:

Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach): “I had fun because I saw how we approached the match, then accepted the match with ten players, defended myself really well. I prepared for a match with a lot of work, a lot of balls. It was important that we scored the three for morality. “

Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig): “We played a really bad first half. We lost a lot of balls, we were sloppy. Gladbach did well. The second half was much better. In the end, 3-1 is quite disappointing.”

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It stood out: The two-game way

For Leipzig, all in international business means dancing on the international razor blade this week: the Bundesliga or Europa League – the goal in both cases is to qualify for the best class. While against Rangers on Thursday it will be about reaching the final of the Europa League (victory in the final means direct qualification for the Champions League), it was clear against Gladbach that Leipzig needed a victory if possible to find their way to the Bundesliga via the league for to find champions league. Two matches per. competition left, four matches and maximum focus.

RB coach Domenico Tedesco probably trusts a distributed risk. He brought the supposedly best possible team against Gladbach in the league and will rely on almost the same team against Rangers on Thursday. Intense days, high stress and a risk that the coach may have to take – due to the narrow table constellation in the Bundesliga.

Statistics: 2

If it was up to the “Tedesco table”, the best class for Leipzig would be safe next season. After taking over as coach, the Red Bulls picked up 36 points from 18 games – second place after FC Bayern Munich.

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