It looked to be an easy weekend for both RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg but both teams managed to find a way to drop points against what many believed to be inferior competition. For Salzburg, it ended their perfect streak in the league after 10 games, dropping two points in a 1-1 draw to FC Wacker Innsbrook. For Leipzig it was a slightly more woeful performance, drawing FC Augsburg 0-0, dropping the East German club to fifth place.
Draws All Around! Leipzig and Salzburg Drop Points – GLOBAL RECAP
Perfect No More
No one is perfect but Red Bull Salzburg was making it look easy in the Austrian Bundesliga before Wacker came to town. The West Austrian Derby saw a Salzburg team do what they do best, press and push the action. Their main issue was the lack of quality up front to convert strong chances into goals. Both Munas Dabbur and Fredrik Gulbrandsen had opportunities to put the Austrian champions ahead but failed to do so.
Zlatko Junuzovic fired the first salvo in the 71st minute, burying a rebound chance from Dabbur’s deflected effort. It seemed as if the home team was destined to take all three points but it wasn’t to be. Martin Harrer split the Salzburg defense with a perfect ball to Cheikhou Dieng. The midfielder from Senegal calmly beat goalkeeper Cican Stankovic to level the score and send Wacker home with a share of the points.
“We all knew there wold come a time when we wouldn’t win,” said Marco Rose after the game. “We played well today though against a defensive Innsbrook side. The visitors definitely deserved their point for their hard work, even if we would have deserved to win too.”
Not everyone felt as calm about the result. Goalkeeper Stankovic was much harder on the team, feeling that they should have won the game:
“That was an unnecessary couple of dropped points today, in a match we should have won. It is particularly annoying for me that we were so passive after going into the lead and conceding right away. We have played fantastic football in the last 10 Austrian Bundesliga matches. We have now dropped points for the first time, which is something we have to deal with and we will.”
Offense Shoots Blanks
Ralf Rangnick’s RB Leipzig team came into this weekends game with the second most potent offense in the Bundesliga. Against an Augsburg team that has conceded considerably this campaign, it made sense to expect Leipzig to dominate the affair. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Bot teams were locked in a defensive midfield battle with both sides failing to execute the key pass necessary to break the other team open.
The most dramatic moment of the contest came when star striker Timo Werner was pulled down in the box in the first half. The referee awarded a penalty kick initially but went to video review for a considerable amount of time before negating the call due to a player in the offside position during the start of the attack.
“We had a couple of good chances , but we could even have ended up winning if we had a little more spring in our step and precision moving forward,” said manager Rangnick. “Getting a goalless draw here is more than acceptable.”
The draw leaves Leipzig five points out of first place but only one out of Champions League positioning.