Recap: Leipzig Return to Third with Win Over Koln

RB Leipzig returned to a Champions League place with a 4-2 win over FC Koln on Monday afternoon. The win wasn’t easy with Koln going ahead first and keeping just behind the East German club and pressing them to the very end of the contest.

Koln scored first with a headed effort from Jhon Cordoba. The Columbian striker took advantage of a listless start from Leipzig, who appeared to still be tired from the last fixture. It took them another 15 minutes to grow into the game and scored the equalizer in the 20th minute with a header from Patrik Schick. Later on, Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig ahead for good by finishing an incisive pass from Konrad Laimer.

Leipzig didn’t rest by going ahead by two goals just after the second half whistle. Timo Werner scored his 25th goal of the season after goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi kicked the ball down field, opening up Werner’s effort at goal. Koln did try to make a game of it. Substitute Anthony Modeste scored in the 55th minute only to have Dani Olmo score his first goal for Leipzig two minutes later. The effort fell to the midfielder at the top of the box who rocketed the ball into the back of the net.

The win moves Leipzig into third place, pushing back Borussia Monchengladbach and continuing to push for second place. Currently Borussia Dortmund have a slight two point lead with a game between the two clubs coming in three weeks. Next will be a game against relegation bound Paderborn at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Klostermann, Nkunku, Laimer (59′ Adams), Sabitzer, Angelino, Olmo (85′ Forsberg), Werner, Schick (68′ Haidara)

FC Koln: Horn; Schmitz(75′ Mere), Leistner, Czichos, Katterbach, Skhiri, Hector, Kainz (59′ Drexler), Rexhbecaj (59′ Thielmann), Jakobs (75′ Terodde), Cordoba (24′ Modeste)

SCORING SUMMARY:
7′ (FC Koln) Jhon Cordoba (12)
20′ (RB Leipzig) Patrik Schick (9) assisted by Angelino
38′ (RB Leipzig) Christopher Nkunku (5) assisted by Konrad Laimer
50′ (RB Leipzig) Timo Werner (25) assisted by Peter Gulacsi
55′ (FC Koln) Anthony Modeste (3) unassisted
57′ (RB Leipzig) Dani Olmo(1) unassisted

DISCIPLINE:
30′ (FC Koln) Toni Leistner – YELLOW CARD
62′ (FC Koln) Dominick Drexler – YELLOW CARD
89′ (RB Leipzig) Emil Forsberg – YELLOW CARD

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