RB Leipzig also in the Champions League from the role

Mith the next desolate appearance, RB Leipzig made a false start in the Champions League – coach Domenico Tedesco ran out of arguments. The cup winner lost at the start of the premier class on Tuesday 1: 4 (0: 1) against the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and clearly missed the planned victory. The goals from Marian Schwed (16th minute/59th), Mychajlo Mudryk (76th) and Lassina Traoré (76th) shocked the majority of the 41,591 fans. The interim equalizer by Mohamed Simakan (57th) didn’t even last two minutes. The Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday could be a final for Tedesco.

The professionals of the war-torn Ukrainian club celebrated their emotional victory in Leipzig euphorically, for Shakhtar it was the first international competitive game since the Russian invasion. The domestic league is played without an audience and under the strictest security measures.

Even the Leipzig dress rehearsal at 0: 4 in Frankfurt had failed properly. “The coach can’t help it if there is no willingness to run at all and there is a total lack of willingness to fight,” club boss Oliver Mintzlaff said shortly before the kick-off at DAZN – and demanded improvement and a “reaction”.

Virtually all foreign professionals gone

In the 4-4-2 system, which is unusual for Tedesco, Leipzig proved to be more stable, at least in the first few minutes, but not significantly better. Playmaker Emil Forsberg surprisingly sat on the bench at the beginning, Dominik Szoboszlai replaced the injured Dani Olmo instead. Newcomer Abdou Diallo made his debut. Christopher Nkunku failed early on to Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatolij Trubin (12th), national player Timo Werner hardly developed any danger on the left side in the first half.

The Ukrainians were difficult to assess for the Bundesliga club. As a result of the attack by Russian forces, almost all foreign professionals left the club, and the new coach Igor Jovicevic arrived in July. In the away block, 700 Donetsk fans celebrated the opening goal after a serious mistake by Peter Gulacsi far in front of his penalty area. Swede took the ball from the goalkeeper and hit the empty goal.


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