Game Recap: Leipzig Surrender Late Lead for Agonizing Draw

RB Leipzig’s Champions League hopes took a blow after two late goals forced the club to accept another draw, this time 2-2, against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Wednesday. The relegation bound club surprised Leipzig by scoring twice after the 85th minute, denying the East German club the points necessary to close the gap with Dorussia Dortmund.

The first half was messy from both sides with few chances coming from inside the box. Instead teams tested both goalkeepers with effort from outside the box. Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi made a few sprawling attempts but overall both sides were stuck in a stalemate due to a very congested midfield.

All of the scoring came in the second half and began in 60th minute with a curling effort from outside the box by Kevin Kampl. The effort will certainly be a nominee for goal of the week as it curled past the Dusseldorf keep with little chance of a save. Three minutes later, a series of passes found Timo Werner with some room in front of net who took a solid shot to double the lead.

All appeared to be going as planned until the 87th minute when a chaotic scene in front of the net led to a deflected effort from Steven Skrzybski. It gave the visitors a lifeline which they took advantage of by scoring again with a headed effort by Hoffmann in the 93rd minute.

The disappointment was painted on the team’s face and manager Julian Nagelsmann looked upset with his team as the final whistle blew. It is yet another draw at home for a Leipzig team that saw their grip on the Bundesliga title slip away since the start of 2020 and now have to watch their hopes of a Champions League birth slip into question.

Borussia Dortmund will now travel to Red Bull Arena on Saturday and attempt to give another massive blow to Leipzig’s European goals.

STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Adams, Klosterman, Halstenberg, Angelino, Sabitzer (82′ Haidara), Kampl, Laimer (45′ Upamecano), Olmo (63′ Forsberg), Nkunku (45′ Schick), Werner (76′ Lookman)

Fortuna Dusseldorf: Kastenmeier; Hoffmann, Zanka, Ayhan, Zimmer (66′ Zimmermann), Bodzek (75′ Thommy), Suttner, Morales (82′ Stoger), Berisha (66′ Sobottka), Skrzybski, Hennings (66′ Karaman)

SCORING SUMMARY:
60′ (RB Leipzig) Kevin Kampl (2)
63′ (RB Leipzig) Timo Werner (26)
87′ (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Steven Skrzybski
90′ (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Andre Hoffmann

DISCIPLINE:
90′ (RB Leipzig) Angelino – YELLOW CARD

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