RB Leipzig drop a pivotal game in the Europa League to Celtic in Glasgow 2-1 on Thursday night. The game which could have put Leipzig in a favorable position to advance to the knockout stage of the competition, puts them on the back-foot and raises questions about their ability to get results in continental competition.
Leipzig Loses Grip on Europa League with Celtic Loss – EUROPA LEAGUE RECAP
“We had a good second half and worked hard enough to earn a 1-draw,” said manager Ralf Rangnick. “But then we were careless in defense. If you get an equalizer and then have the psychological advantage, you can’t concede again so quickly like that.”
Celtic cut up the Leipzig defense to score their first goal in the 11th minute. A pass through the box found the foot of Kieran Tierney. The 21-year old leftback netted his first goal of the campaign, beating goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo. Celtic continued to push on through the first half but didn’t find another significant chance. Mvogo did have to make a save in the 56th minute, before Leipzig gained a foothold on the game.
Leipzig found the game-tying goal in the 78th minute when Jean-Kevin Augustin headed a ball past the Celtic keeper. The goal sparked the East German offense and seemed that they would carry that momentum towards a point in Scotland. One minute later Celtic again sliced up their opposition’s defense and placed a ball right across the goal. This time it was Odsonne Edouard that sealed the score.
“We were a step behind too often today and made too many misplaced passes,” said defender Marcel Halstenberg. “Perhaps the atmosphere got to one or two of us as well. Now we’ve got to move on. On Sunday we’re back in Bundesliga action against Leverkusen.”
One could argue that Rangnick’s focus has shifted to the Bundesliga where Leipzig has a legitimate chance of being a top four team and even a contender to win the league. A top four finish will gain them entry into the Champions League the same as winning the secondary European competition. The outcome against Bayer will be important as losing both games will show a lack of progress after a tough fixture week.
RB Leipzig: Mvogo; Mukiele, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi, Sabitzer, Ilsanker, Laimer, Cunha, Augustin, Bruma
Celtic FC: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair, Edward
11′ (Celtic FC) Kieran Tierney
78′ (RB Leipzig) Jean-Kevin Augustin
79′ (Celtic FC) Odsonne Edouard