Game Recap: Leipzig Near Clinch UCL Spot Despite Loss

RB Leipzig were defeated in their final home game season on Saturday, a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig were unable to score for the first time at home all season in a game that was controlled by Dortmund for most it.

The first half provided plenty of action with a wide open game from both teams. Dortmund had the better chances as Peter Gulacsi was called into to action early having to come up big to stop Erling Haaland twice in two minutes. Dortmund’s pressure would pay off and Haaland would give them the lead in the 30th minute after finishing off a nice team goal. American Giovanni Reyna grab his first Bundesliga assist in his first start on the goal after his pass put Haaland in.

Things wouldn’t improve for Leipzig in the first half as Marcel Sabitzer limped off injures and was replaced by Dani Olmo. The hosts did have a chance to equalize before the break but Timo Werner’s shot from a tight angle was saved well by Roman Burki. With Dortmund controlling most of the play in the first half, Leipzig needed to regroup in the second half.

Nagelsmann didn’t waste time to make a change as he sent on Tyler Adams for Lukas Klostermann to start the second half. Haaland came close to adding his second in the 53rd minute but his shot was deflected by Gulacsi onto the bar.

Unlike the first half Leipzig controlled more possession and looked for a way to grab an equalizer. Forsberg had a good chance in the 70th minute but his shot was blocked well by Dortmund’s defense. Nagelsmann made multiple changes to try and find an equalizer.

Angelino had a chance in the 85th minute to equalize but his attempt was stopped by Burki. That would be the last real chance Leipzig would have for the rest of the game. Dortmund would add a second in stoppage time when Haaland turned home from close range to seal the victory for the visitors.

Despite their loss Leipzig have virtually clinched a champions league spot thanks in part to Bayer Leverkusen’s loss to Hertha Berlin. Leipzig are three points ahead of Leverkusen and have a big advantage in goal differential which should see Leizpig finish ahead of them if they were to lose against Augsburg next weekend.

STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Klosterman (46’ Adams), Halstenberg, Angelino, Sabitzer (39’ Olmo), Kampl (70’ Haidara), Forsberg (74’ Konate), Schick, Werner (70’ Nkunku)

Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Can, Hummels, Piszczek, Guerreiro (91’ Zagadou), Witsel, Brandt, Morey Bauza (78’ Sancho), Hazard (90’ Schulz), Haaland, Reyna (81’ Balerdi)

SCORING SUMMARY:
30’ (Borussia Dortmund) Erling Haaland (12)
90’ (Borussia Dortmund) Erling Haaland (13)

DISCIPLINE:
21’ (RB Leipzig) Schick– YELLOW CARD
50’ (Borussia Dortmund ) Reyna- YELLOW CARD
53’ (RB Leipzig) Kampl– YELLOW CARD
57’ (RB Leipzig) Angelino– YELLOW CARD
74’ (Borussia Dortmund) Can– YELLOW CARD
80’ (Borussia Dortmund) Witsel– YELLOW CARD

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