A strong half saves RB Leipzig’s chance of progressing.
In the round of 16 first leg, Leipzig is still 1-1 against Manchester City thanks to a goal from Josko Gvardiol (21).
The team coached by Pep Guardiola (52) is initially super superior, Leipzig can only follow. So the goal is only a matter of time.
► 27. Minute: What a buck from Schlager! He does not apply a pass over 5 meters. Grealish switches quickly and plays steeply towards the penalty area. There the ball lands in a roundabout way at Mahrez. He doesn’t hesitate long in front of the goal and slams it in from 14 meters.
After that, City has several chances to score the second goal, but just misses. Leipzig, on the other hand, only has their first shot on goal in injury time. Ederson easily parried Werner’s shot.
The statistics are sobering at the break: 3:37 attacks, 1:7 shots, 26:74 percent possession.
But then comes the turning point…
The half-time announcement by coach Marco Rose (46) works! After the change of sides, Leipzig plays much better. Rose brings Henrichs for Klostermann. The national player has two mega chances before the eyes of national coach Hansi Flick (57). But his nerves fail him in front of the goal.
Henrichs after the game: “It gives me sleepless nights. I have to clean that up! That really upsets me, otherwise we might have won.”
It gets even better with the substitution of star player Christopher Nkunku (25). Curious: the French ignored the advice of the doctors who had asked for a break. He only participates because of a conversation with Rose.
Rose before the game at DAZN: “There is a certain residual risk, we spoke openly. Still, I really wanted to have him with me. I take it upon myself. The medical department has done everything they can. They warned the player and the coach.”
► 70. Minute: A corner brings Halstenberg to the center. Gvardiol climbs up there and heads in from a short distance to compensate. 1:1! So much hope for the second leg in Manchester (March 14)!