Report: RB Leipzig 2-0 Augsburg

On matchday 22 of the Bundesliga season, RB Leipzig welcomed Augsburg to the Red Bull Arena. Coming into the game in high morale after a comprehensive win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the previous matchday, the visitors will be looking to put their horrific Friday night record to an end by securing a league double over the hosts.

Die Roten Bullen lined up in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation, with last weekend’s hero Ademola Lookman starting on the bench once again. Poulsen replaced Sabitzer up front whilst Ilsanker took the place of Demme. Both absentees missed the game due to illness.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors within 7 minutes. When a grounded cross from Augsburg right-back Framberger was drilled into the near post, Michael Gregoritsch tried to be clever by directing the ball with the back of his heel, but his attempt was snuffed out by Orban who was able to block the shot.

After a spell of dominance, RB Leipzig broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. From outside the area, Kampl lofted in a pass which found Lukas Klostermann who headed the ball into Yussuf Poulsen. The Danish international produced a first-time overhead-kick, forcing Marvin Hitz to make a save. Parrying the ball out, Upamecano was quickest to react, placing the ball through the diving goalkeeper’s legs to score his first professional goal. As a result, Leipzig became the quickest team since 1967 to score 100 Bundesliga goals. It took 56 days to do so.

In the 26th minute, Leipzig came close to a second. As a result from Klostermann clearing an Augsburg cross, Leipzig broke on the counter-attack with Keïta as the driving force. Within a few passes, Poulsen received the ball on the right flank and proceeded to curl a low cross into the near post, but it was cleared by Martin Hinteregger.

Less than 10 minutes later, Augsburg would have a great opportunity to level the score. Koo Ja Cheol was given the ball in a large pocketed of space. With time on his hands, he was able to identify the run of Gregoritsch and complete a pass to the Austrian – whilst Upamecano was caught ball-watching – but he was unable to achieve a clean contact on the ball, scuffing it into the palms of Gulácsi.

Leipzig’s organised setup was forcing their guests to circulate the ball in and among their defenders as all the passing options were blocked.  With a couple of minute left of the half, Werner had one final shot at goal. The German acquired the ball from Keïta in the right half-space, took a touch to open up his body before dragging a shot wide of the post, to the relief of Marvin Hitz.

The second-half began in much the same way at the first ended, with Leipzig in control of possession and the opportunities, whilst Augsburg were seemingly helpless. 10 minutes after the restart, Bruma found space in the middle of Augsburg’s half, lifted his head and passed the ball out to Laimer on the right. The converted full-back played in a low cross into the box, where only the intervention of Kevin Danso would prevent Werner from getting onto it.

Just before the hour-mark, Bruma would have his opportunity. Cutting inside off the left flank, the Portuguese international managed to hold off his defender before arrowing a shot towards the left-hand post. Fortunately for the Swiss goalkeeper in between the sticks, the ball curved just wide of the mark. The effort was proof of how much of a threat Bruma has been in recent weeks.

Augsburg would come close to drawing level, once again. Sighting up for an effort from distance, Daniel Baier let fire to a shot that would force Péter Gulácsi into an impressive save, as the Hungarian parries the ball out for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, the ball bounced around before landing at the feet of Caiuby, who drags his effort wide.

In the 70th minute, Leipzig would double their lead. When awarded a free-kick was given on the edge of Augsburg’s penalty area, Keïta would be the man to step up, despite three over players contesting to take it. Although it was not the best struck dead ball we’d ever seen, it managed to find its way into the back of the net; thanks to a deflection from Hinteregger, forcing his keeper to try save it with his foot, having been wrong footed.

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Perhaps the fact that Keïta scored the prior free-kick meant that the Guinean was more willing to concede to the please of Kampl when Leipzig were awarded another from a similar range. Kampl floated the ball over the wall and came excruciatingly close to adding his name to the score-sheet as the ball crashed against the bar and back into play.

The 80th minute saw the introduction of Ademola Lookman who received a good reception from the home faithful after his match-winning cameo versus Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend. Although, this time he wasn’t able to make as big of an impact.

With the game coming to a close, Kevin Danso would come close to claiming a consolation goal for his side, as a header from a fine Jonathan Schmid cross flew just wide of the post. Despite the late attempt, the final whistle blew with the scoreline at 2-0. Thanks to a fine performance and result, Leipzig rose to 2nd in the table, three points ahead of Leverkusen.

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