MThe duel between the two German Europa League clubs from Leipzig and Leverkusen on Sunday could not keep up with the spectacle of supremacy in the Bundesliga the day before. But that in German football in addition to Borussia Dortmund also understands another team to make pace, that was made clear by RB Leipzig even in a game with less class and race. The team of coach and RB-maker Ralf Rangnick won in the football match duel against Bayer Leverkusen after goals by Yussuf Poulsen (27th and 85th minute) and Lukas Klostermann (69th) deserved 3: 0. Leipzig remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga after their opening defeat in Dortmund in the tenth game – and pushed for a sovereign victory in the table by the way also past FC Bayern over in third place.

Michael Horeni

In addition to the tempo football, the Leipzig showed in his deserved victory in some attacks, especially in the beginning and end phase, presented the Saxons in between, especially as usual safe defensive workers. Since the 1: 4 at BVB RB has allowed in five games only five goals, by far the most stable defense of the league can greet under Rangnick. The Bayer team is back home after defeating Hoffenheim 4-1 in Bremen and 5-0 in the Mönchengladbach Cup after beating hosts Hoffenheim 4-1 in Bremen last week fallen into crisis mode at the beginning of the season.

Leverkusen was only halfway dangerous in Leipzig in the first half. The 19-year-old Kai Havertz flashed his outstanding 36th-minute advantage when he elegantly picked up a ball in the air and played his opponent casually, but his hard shot narrowly missed the goal. Otherwise, Bayer had little to offer in the offensive. The fickle team of coach Heiko Herrlich had more than enough to do with the targeted Leipzig attacks in the initial phase. It was above all Timo Werner who drew attention to himself. But his first attempt was deflected to the corner (9), his hard shot shortly after a nice combination with Marcel Halstenberg guided goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky over the crossbar (11). After just under half an hour, it was Poulsen, who managed the deserved lead for RB with a soulful lift over the Bayer goalkeeper.

Leipzig was even allowed to cheer twice over this hit. First, when the ball was in the goal and all Leipzig went out of a regular hit. But the linesman indicated an offside position, the goal seemed to be canceled. But from the TV cellar came to Leipziger joy the hint that everything was correct with the leading goal.

Leverkusen tried in the second half with Bailey to generate more offensive power. But at the beginning of the game and the game distribution did not change much. Leipzig controlled the game without completely dominating it. It seemed only a matter of time, however, when RB would finally win the game against harmless Leverkusen. After 69 minutes it was time, when Marcel Sabitzer released with skill and overview Halstenberg in the penalty area, who had no trouble to overcome Hradecky with his shot to 2: 0. When Leverkusen had given up, Poulsen met after an amateur error of Kohr for 3-0 (85.).



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