RB Leipzig had similar problems to New York Red Bulls yesterday when they drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Europa League playoff against 10-man Zorya Luhansk.
The team played nearly 75 minutes up a man but were not sharp enough to grab an away goal heading into the second leg of the fixture.
Leipzig Can’t Take Advantage of 10 Man Zorya
Zorya pressed early and nearly scored in the first minute. Leipzig goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo was forced to make a save, denying Bogdan Lednev. The game drastically shifted in the 15th minute when Lednev saw a straight red card for stomping on Marcelo Saracchi.
From there, the game shifted and Leipzig controlled possession and chances.
Physicality proved to be the deciding factor for the Ukrainian side as they muscled the young East German team around for the remainder of the game. Leipzig still had their chances but were unable to make them into anything substantial.
Newly returned World Cup veteran Timo Werner had a shot ring off the post in the 50th minute and Emil Forsberg also had opportunities in stoppage time.
Ralf Rangnick’s men will need to put this performance behind them because the German Bundesliga starts play this weekend with a huge fixture against Borussia Dortmund.
The team has high expectations after last year’s lackluster finish and will need to gain sharpness ahead of the opening weekend.