First class is calling! Led by Christopher Nkunku, RB Leipzig bravely shrugged off the European Cup blues and fought their way to pole position in the Champions League race ahead of the season finale. The second won against FC Augsburg impressively 4-0 (1-0) on the 33rd day of the Bundesliga. And this only three days after being harshly eliminated in the semi-finals of the Europa League at Glasgow Rangers.
After his side impressively made amends for the Europa League disgrace, Peter Gulacsi spontaneously promised happy RB Leipzig fans a free beer for the evening. “We still have two important games. We are counting on your support,” the captain told the jubilant supporters: “We want to clarify the Champions League next week, then we will have a big highlight in Berlin, where we let’s win the pot we want to bring to Leipzig.”
Leipzig previously gave the perfect answer to the bitter end to the Europa League semi-final against Glasgow Rangers in a 4-0 (1-0) victory over FC Augsburg. The exceptional Christopher Nkunku (48th/57th) shone with his 19th and 20th goals of the season, while André Silva (40th) put Leipzig back on track in the first round. Emil Forsberg (64./footmeter after video evidence) also cheered later.
With this victory, RB, who had to tremble for the first class ticket after two defeats in the league, rose to fourth place in the standings before the 34th day. With 57 points, RB are two points ahead of Fifth SC Freiburg. In the season finale next Saturday (3:30 p.m.), Leipzig and Breisgau, who also meet in the DFB Cup final on May 21, will battle it out for fourth place.
Shortly before the end, RB coach Domenico Tedesco even signed substitute goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner, who will end his career after this season. “We played really badly and won the ball back. I was a bit embarrassed sometimes that they took the ball out and substituted the goalkeeper. It was kind of a show,” said Augsburg’s Niklas Dorsch . DAZN. The midfielder said the defeat was absolutely deserved even at this level.
After the sobering trip to Scotland during the week, RB boss Oliver Mintzlaff had Sunday to Double pass Sport1 confident in terms of first class. “I’m confident we’ll get there,” he said. Coach Domenico Tedesco changed four positions. Forsberg, who had been on the bench for 90 minutes in Glasgow, was a starter among others.
But the guests steamed up at first. After just twelve seconds, Mads Pedersen of Augsburg was cleared to fly into the penalty area, RB goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi fended off a corner kick. The hosts were alarmed and struggled to find their safety through possession. Rarely have Leipzig attacked from deep so dangerously as in the sixth minute, when Silva stumbled over a completely free cross from Nordi Mukiele.
RB Leipzig – FC Augsburg: Forsberg strikes from the point
In this phase, Augsburg hardly invested energy in their own attacks and RB fared better. In the first 45 minutes, however, the Saxons generally lacked regularity on the offensive before the ball landed at Silva after a series of unfortunate defenses from Augsburg: the Portuguese shot from 18 meters to give the advantage. And after the break, Nkunku and Co. really turn up the heat.
First, Mukiele burst into the penalty area and staged Nkunku, who only had to push. The 3:0 fell almost congruently. Again, the forward Mukiele moved on to Nkunku and the France international remained icy. If Silva (61st) then had the opportunity to increase and just missed, Forsberg aimed more precisely. After Mukiele fell from a corner, referee Bastian Dankert pointed to the penalty spot according to video footage – and Forsberg scored safely from the bottom left.
RB Leipzig – FC Augsburg: The voices
Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig coach): “It was not an easy game from the start. The start was very bumpy and nervous. In two or three situations we slipped during the build-up. It is all the more remarkable how we got on. brought into the game. It was a good reaction. A You don’t lose semi-finals in international competition every day.”
Markus Weinzierl (FC Augsburg coach)“Victory is of course. I don’t really want to talk about the game. Congratulations to my team for staying in the league thanks to the result at Bayern.”
RB Leipzig – FC Augsburg: Lineups
Leipzig: Gulacsi (88 Tschauner) – Klostermann, Orban, Halstenberg – Mukiele, Laimer (71 Adams), Kampl, Henrichs – Forsberg (71 Szoboszlai), Nkunku (78 Olmo) – Silva (71 Poulsen). – Trainer: Tedesco
Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Uduokhai – Caligiuri (79 Gumny), Gruezo (46 Arne Maier), Dorsch, Günther – Niederlechner (57 Pepi), Gregoritsch (57 Hahn), Pedersen (79 Zeqiri). – Trainer: Weinzierl
Arbitrator: Bastien Dankert (Rostock)
Doors: 1-0 Silva (40′), 2-0 Nkunku (48′), 3-0 Nkunku (57′), 4-0 Forsberg (64′, penalty)
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Yellow cards: Forsberg (2), Tedesco (coach) – Gouweleeuw (9), Günther