RIn the fight for international places, B Leipzig has distanced itself from its direct competitor Eintracht Frankfurt and regained a place in the Champions League. The DFB Cup winner beat the Hessians 2-1 (2-0) and climbed to fourth place in the Bundesliga at least until Sunday.
Timo Werner, who ended his goal drought with the sixth Bundesliga goal of the season, put RB in the lead (6th). Later, the striker, who last scored at Schalke 04 on matchday 17, prepared the goal of his assist provider Emil Forsberg (40th) and thus provided the goal again three days after the 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 for a Leipzig sense of achievement. Djibril Sow (61st) scored for Frankfurt, who suffered the next setback after the premier class bankruptcy against SSC Naples (0: 2).
RB coach Marco Rose emphasized before the game that against Eintracht it would be “again a tough task that we have to drill through,” his Eintracht colleague Oliver Glasner wanted to take the opportunity after the setback in the Champions League. to create positive feelings again”. The Eintracht coach had to do without playmaker Mario Götze, who was not in the squad due to adductor problems. For the same reason, defender Lukas Klostermann was absent from the Leipzig squad.
In the duel between the Champions League participants, Leipzig put direct pressure on. Konrad Laimer moved on, Yussuf Poulsen’s shot was parried by Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp, and Marcel Halstenberg missed the margin (2′). Less than three minutes later, RB reappeared dangerously in front of the Frankfurt goal, this time Forsberg missed the chance to take the lead.
Werner, who stumbled in front of Trapp, pushed the ball past the SGE goalkeeper over the line with his stumble shortly afterwards. Frankfurt initially only managed a little offensively, Leipzig threw themselves in between again and again. On the other side, Trapp had to intervene again when Laimer shot (24′).
Frankfurt only rarely came towards the penalty area, a free kick from Philipp Max landed in the wall (35th). RB didn’t let up, the hosts kept pushing forward, Werner after a sprint into the penalty area passed Forsberg in the middle, who scored from close range.
Even after the break, the guests initially found no solutions, and RB keeper Janis Blaswich was there when Randal Kolo Muani shot (52nd). Sow was a little later more successful for the increasingly active Frankfurt.