December 14, 2017

Tough away task made easy by RB Leipzig

RasenBallsport Leipzig earned their first three points of the season after a resounding 3-0 victory against 1860 München at the Allianz Arena. The win sees the newly promoted side move up to third in the table thanks to three unanswered goals that leaves the Bavarians at the foot of the table without a single point.

The opening ten minutes were a tight and tense affair, with no chances falling the way of either side. However, when Maximilian Wittek went in late on a marauding Georg Tiegl, Leipzig had the chance to open their 2.Bundesliga account. Captain Daniel Frahn stepped up, but the penalty was poor and 1860’s veteran Hungarian goalkeeper Gábor Király had no trouble in saving the tame effort to his left. The hosts had their first opportunity soon after, with the game opening up, with Markus Steinhöfer delivering a  wonderful cross that was met by Edu Bedia’s head, which was well saved by an alert Benjamin Bellot.

Just before half-time, the team from Saxony got the opening goal. Yussuf Poulsen raced clear after a fantastic through ball by Dominik Kaiser and calmly slotted the ball past an advancing Király, despite the attentions of Gary Kagelmacher. All that hard work was almost undone just moments later when the ball fell kindly to Bobby Wood, whose volley blistered past everyone except a determined Anthony Jung, who headed off the line and allowed his team to go into the break with a 1-0 lead.

Just seconds after the re-start, Poulsen bundled his way into the box before rattling the bar with Dominik Kaiser yet again assisting the Dane, with the pair being the main threat against 1860’s defence.

Both Poulsen and Kaiser went close again before Daniel Frahn was sent clear but stopped as he believed to be well offside despite the linesman’s flag staying down. It didn’t take substitute Matthias Morys long to make an impact. Yussuf Poulsen broke down the left hand side and Morys arrived in the middle to tap in his cross and give Leipzig some breathing space.

Rubin Okotie thought he’d given 1860 some hope, but was correctly ruled offside. Just when it couldn’t get much worse for the hosts, Morys broke down the right and squared for substitute Denis Thomalla, who duly obliged in slotting home as the home fans, who had seen enough, were already heading for the exits. Not even one minute of stoppage time was played as RB Leipzig got a well-deserved win.

The win means Leipzig move level with Bochum, Braunschweig and a host of other teams at the top. While being top after matchday two means little, the start that 1860 Munich have endured is far from ideal, and plenty of soul-searching will be needed before they face Holstein Kiel in the DFB Pokal on Sunday. A tough tie against Paderborn awaits for Leipzig, but who would put it beyond the Red Bulls after such an emphatic win.

Statistics

Shots on goal

 1860 Munich 6-14 RB Leipzig

Offsides

1860 Munich 4-4 RB Leipzig

Possession (%)

1860 Munich 53-47 RB Leipzig

 

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