Lawnball Leipzig traveled to Gladbach as the leader of the table. In the first half, the game went relatively smoothly. But in the second round, the game gained momentum – with a bad result for Leipzig.
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Ironically, a goal from Hannes Wolf RB Leipzig cost the league leader in the Bundesliga. The RB pro, on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach, scored 1-0 (0-0) on Saturday evening for the hosts, who won against Leipzig for the first time.
Four days before the game against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, RB pressed the equalizer in the final phase, but remained without points for the first time this season. The Gladbachers, who have been unbeaten for seven games, moved up to fourth place for the time being for their royal class duel in Kiev against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Wolf scored in the 60th minute.
Sabitzer for the first time in base
After the hefty 5-0 defeat at Manchester United, rotation and compactness in defense were top priorities for RB coach Julian Nagelsmann, who switched to a back four with Willi Orban and made three more changes. “Of course you can’t just put down a 5-0”, said the coach before the game.
Julian Nagelsmann: The Leipzig coach has to give up the lead in the championship. (Source: Picture Point LE / image images)
For example, captain Marcel Sabitzer was in the base for the first time this season. Newcomer Alexander Sörloth entered the starting line-up for the second time and immediately set a good example for Yussuf Poulsen, who forced Yann Sommer to make the first save in the 10th minute.
The Gladbach team also had to find their way in a new formation after the spectacular 2-2 draw against Real Madrid during the week. Jonas Hofmann moved into defensive midfield and the row of three behind Alassane Pléa was completely reorganized. Wolf also got the chance to play from the start.
Wolf, of all people
Due to the many changes in both teams, the rhythm was a bit lacking, usually both teams have always fought first-class duels in the past. But the hosts missed the punch forward in the game. Leipzig was initially safe defensively and was lurking for errors in Gladbach’s build-up match. In general, both teams neutralized each other and hardly ever saw dangerous scenes.
Alassane Plea and Hannes Wolf celebrate the opening goal. (Source: Team 2 / Image Images)
The best Gladbach chance came after a mistake by Dayot Upamecano for Pléa, who did not complete consistently and RB goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi failed. The goalkeeper was in the goal of the guests for the 137th time and thus became the new Bundesliga record player for Leipzig.
The decision was made after an hour, when Wolf scored his first Bundesliga goal against his ex-club. His shot with right in the right corner after a presentation by Patrick Herrmann was unstoppable. Seven minutes later, Pléa could have raised it to 2-0, but the French only hit the bar.