A smart finish from Rubin Okotie late in the game cancelled out a wonderful first-half goal from Yusuf Poulsen in 2. Bundesliga’s final match of 2014. Neither club will be overjoyed with a point shared, but Leipzig players looked to be the more disappointed at the end of the game while 1860 used the point to climb out of the relegation zone.
It was a case of old against new in this affair. Die Löwen are 154 years old; their opponents recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. Whether you agree with RB Leipzig’s financial muscle, they look like they’re here to stay. Before tonight’s game, Leipzig sat seventh position with 28 points, but knew that, with a win, they could move up a place and close the gap on SV Darmstadt in third.
Munich meanwhile had their mind set on getting themselves out of the relegation zone before the winter break. Their last game was a well-earned 1-1 draw against FC Kaiserslautern, a result that ended a run of three-straight defeats. Leipzig, on the other hand, disappointed in their last game drawing 0-0 away to VfR Aalen, a team that sat one point and one place ahead of 1860.
RB suffered a blow last weekend losing Terrence Boyd for the rest of the season after he suffered a recurrence of his ACL tear.
Within the first 15 minutes, there were two disallowed goals and a very good chance for 1860’s Gary Kagelmacher. The first goal to be disallowed was Okotie’s. The ball was initially cleared away, but when it was sent back, Guillermo Vallori was offside but he appeared to step away before Okotie, who was clearly onside fired home. The second goal that was disallowed fell to Leipzig Captain Daniel Frahn after he fired in but it was disallowed for an earlier foul.
Less than two minutes later. 1860’s Kagelmacher found himself at the other end of the pitch with the ball in the box, but at the last minute his shot was deflected wide. Meanwhile, Tim Sebastian injured himself in his attempt to block the shot and later had to be replaced by Niklas Hoheneder. Die Löwen then suffered an injury of their own after Marius Wolf came off and was replaced by Korbinius Vollman.
Poulsen then lit up the match with a moment of magic to give RB the lead. The pass directed towards him was missed by Matrin Angha allowing Poulsen to receive the ball inside the box before cutting inside Kagelmacher and curling his shot beautifully into the top corner.
Despite their lack of creativity throughout the half 1860 had two chances right at the death for both Rubin Okotie and Daniel Adlung . First, Okotie beat Marvin Compper in the air before dribbling past the former Germany international and substitute Hoheneder before firing just wide from the edge of the box. Then Compper misjudged the flight of the ball from a long pass and ended up heading the ball to Vollman who passed to Adlung inside the box and he lifted the ball over the crossbar when he really should’ve at least hit the target.
Hitting the upright appeared to be the aim at the start of the second half as both sides did it. First Angha sent the ball down the line for Vollman who beat Sebastian Heidinger as he cut inside before hitting the post from a tight angle with a shot that appeared to catch out Fabio Coltorti but his post saved him. Then Die Roten Bullen went up the other end of the pitch and as the ball fell in the box there was a mix-up between 1860’s Maximilian Wittek and his keeper Sebastian Ortega allowing Poulsen to sneak in and lift the ball over the stationary keeper but his shot bounced off the post.
For the most of the 2nd half both sides were extremely disappointing as neither could muster a noteworthy chance thanks mainly to poor final balls. 1860 did create one chance in the 86th minute and the league’s top scorer made the most of it firing past Coltorti. A long ball from Adlung found substitute Fejsal Mulić outside the box and his first time layoff for Okotie caught out the Leipzig defence and it meant Okotie was 1-on-1 with the keeper and he made no mistake and pulled his side level.
Obviously now the league takes a break for winter but after the league resumes RB Leipzig face a trip to bottom side Erzgebirge Aue whilst 1860 Munich host mid-table FC Heidenheim.
RB Leipzig: Coltorti; Teigl, Sebastian (Hoheneder 20’), Compper, Heidinger; Kimmich, Khedira, Demme (Hierländer 80’), Kaiser; Poulsen, Frahn (Morys 75’).
1860 Munich: Ortega; Vallori, Angha, Kagelmacher, Wittek; Sanchez, Weigl (Mulić 71’), Claasen (Tomasov 82’), Adlung, Wolf (Vollmann 37’); Okotie.
Booked: Heidinger 53’, Sanchez 60’, Compper 90’, Okotie 93’.
Goals; Poulsen 29’, Okotie 86’.
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