Recap: Leipzig Disappoint After Draw with Paderborn

A disastrous day for Leipzig as they drop points to relegation candidates SC Paderborn after surrendering a stoppage time goal at home on Saturday afternoon. Leipzig will rue their chances as they pressured the opposition throughout the game despite losing Dayot Upamecano to a red card just before the first half whistle.

Werner, who may be moving to Chelsea next season, showed why he is such a dynamic player by moving all over the pitch to create opportunities. Not only was he a danger as a striker but also incisively passed through the Paderborn defense. One such pass found the young Czech striker Patrik Schick who put Leipzig ahead in the 27th minute. From there it was opportunity after opportunity that was either stopped by the Paderborn keeper or didn’t have the accuracy necessary to double the lead.

Just before the halftime whistle, Upamecano made it difficult for manager Julian Nagelsmann by getting a second yellow card. The sending off happened due to kicking the ball way in frustration, putting Leipzig in a corner for the entirety of the second half. Paderborn, who have fantastic vision in the offensive third but lack the finishing touch, pressured the home team but were unable to find the killer strike to even the game.

Leipzig, to their credit, pushed for a counter opportunity and found themselves in on goal on more than one occasion. Werner, Olmo and Schick couldn’t find the second goal and the defense waned as the game drew to stoppage. It was during a corner kick that the game drew even when Christian Strodhdiek found the ball during a chaotic scene in the box. From there both teams had chances to win the game but neither could find the decisive strike.

Leipzig were moments away from moving into second place over Borussia Dortmund but now find themselves, potentially four points behind their rivals should they win their game later on in the weekend. The result also keeps Leverkusen and Monchengladbach within striking distance of third place, just three points behind Leipzig.

STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano, Angelino, Olmo (65′ Laimer), Adams, Kampl (88′ Orban), Nkunku (58′ Haidara), Schick (45′ Halstenberg), Werner

SC Pderborn: Zigerle; Jans (85′ Evans), Strohdiek, Hunemeier, Collins, Gjasula (76′ Ritter), Vasiliadis, Proger (76′ Sabiri), Srbeny (85′ Zolinski), Antwi-Adjei, Mamba (65′ Michel)

SCORING SUMMARY:
27′ (RB Leipzig) Patrik Schick assisted by Timo Werner
90′ (SC Paderborn) Christian Strohdiek unassisted

DISCIPLINE:
16′ (RB Leipzig) Dayot Upamecano – YELLOW CARD
22′ (SC Paderborn) Klaus Gjasula – YELLOW CARD
28′ (SC Paderborn) Uwe Hunemeier – YELLOW CARD
43′ (RB Leipzig) Dayot Upamecano – RED CARD
43′ (SC Paderborn) Streli Mamba – YELLOW CARD
63′ (SC Paderborn) Christian Strohdiek – YELLOW CARD

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