Europa League: Leipzig loses in the "paradise" and is now anxious to progress

Europa League: Leipzig loses in the "paradise" and is now anxious to progress

Football Bundesliga club RB Leipzig has to tremble after an annoying setback in Glasgow to progress in the Europa League. In the fiercely fighting players of Celtic Glasgow were subject to harmless Saxony 1: 2 (0: 1). The partly colorless appearance in Celtic Park – nickname: "Paradise" – meant for Leipzig not only the first defeat since eleven competitive games, but ensures in Group B in the fight for the intermediate round tickets before the last two rounds of games for tremendous tension.

Glasgow's Kieran Tierney (11th) and Odsonne Edouard (79th) scored for the hosts – and the guests, for whom Jean-Kevin Augustin (78th) equalized, made them think. With a win Leipzig would have been safe the next round, but now RB and the Scots with six counters are tied. For the preliminary round Leipzig travels first to sister club and championship leader Red Bull Salzburg (29 November) and then receives back light Rosenborg Trondheim (13 December).

Initially unimpressed by the imposing backdrop of Celtic Park, the people of Leipzig started the game extremely aggressively. Celtic was usually disturbed already at the ball acceptance and pressed deep into his own half. RB was playfully but not productively enough in this phase. A long shot from Stefan Ilsanker (8) from 25 meters was the most dangerous action before Tierney met something surprising for the hosts.

Only in the last 20 minutes does Leipzig play satisfactorily

By the leadership Glasgow gained in confidence, Leipzig, however, something came from the concept and defensive several times in trouble. An additional downer: left-back Marcelo Saracchi was injured after 15 minutes. Without the pacemaker from Uruguay, for which Marcel Halstenberg came into play, RB wobbled. In the front, things were clearly missing due to the defeats of international Timo Werner (toe bruise) and Yussuf Poulsen (back problems). Both strikers would have gotten no opportunities due to lack of creativity of the Leipzig.

Only in the last 20 minutes did RB manage to build on the strong performances in the Bundesliga. With the courage of desperation, the deals increased, Celtic took back and limited himself to rapid counterattacks. After Marcel Sabitzer (68.) and Bruma (72.) tried from a distance, forgave on the other side Edouard (73) again after a counterattack the next big chance.

Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, has achieved its first milestone thanks to a work victory. The Werkself won the group A top match against league leaders FC Zürich 1-0 (0-0) and, like the Swiss cup winners, retired early in the knockout round. In the upcoming two matches against Ludogorez Rasgrad and AEK Larnaka, coach Heiko Herrlich's side are still trying to successfully defend their group victory, which can be beneficial for the next round.

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Tin Jedvaj scored his first European League goal after just one hour, allowing the Werkself to winter in the European Cup and continue dreaming of their second international title after 1988. The first leg in Letzigrund had lost Bayer 14 days earlier with 2: 3. For Bayer, who remained unbeaten in the Europa League at home, it was also a good dress rehearsal for the league on Sunday in Leipzig (15:30).

Herrlich had as announced his starting eleven against the 1: 4 against TSG Hoffenheim changed a lot and rotated six times. Bayer had to relinquish the last strong Karim Bellarabi, who had scored both goals in Zurich, and defensive chief Sven Bender, which were spared respectively for thigh blemishes for Leipzig. Even the budgetary captain Lars Bender and the so far in the Europa League hitherto unerring young star Kai Havertz sat at the kick-off on the bench. New chances have not yet been convincing this season Leon Bailey, Julian Baumgartlinger and Lucas Alario. His comeback after a two-month injury break was also Charles Aranguiz in defensive midfield.

Eintracht Frankfurt has also retired prematurely in the Europa League with the fourth victory in the fourth game in the second round. The DFB Cup winner easily won 3-2 (1-0) at Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. The Hessians, who had already won 2-0 in the first leg at home, are at the top of Group H with just 12 points to go before the last two preliminaries.

Goalkeeper Luka Jovic (17) scored for the lead of the guests. Sebastien Haller (55.) and Mijat Gacinovic (58.) recovered in the second half. Emilio Zelaya (71 and 90 + 4, penalty) shortened for Limassol. Eintracht player Marc Stendera saw in the final phase because of a foul the yellow-red card (81).

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