RB Leipzig had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to FC Augsburg on 16th Bundesliga Matchday 16. André Silva capped a dominant opening phase with a goal to give RBL the lead, but Daniel Caligiuri answered late on with a penalty.
The Red Bulls were in control of the game for much of the first half, highlighted by their return of eight shots to FCA’s one in the first half. Domenico Tedesco’s team took the lead in the 19th minute through André Silva, who latched onto Benjamin Henrichs’ first-time volley to finish in two touches from close range. Despite further chances to increase the lead, the team were made to do with just a one-goal advantage at the break.
The hosts were a much-improved side after the change of ends and defended much better, but RBL still had chances to double the lead. Silva and Nordi Mukiele missed great chances to put the game to bed in the 73rd minute. In the end the missed chances came back to haunt RBL, as Henrichs was penalised for a handball in the area late on, which Caligiuri converted to equalise (85’).
The late equaliser saw the two sides unable to be split at 1-1 at full time, seeing the Red Bulls fall to ninth place in the table. Next up is a home clash with Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday at 3.30 CET to round off the first half of the season.
Gikiewicz - Gumny, Oxford, Gregoritsch (66' Caligiuri), Moravek (46' Maier), Vargas (46' Pedersen), Iago, Jensen (66' Córdova), Hahn (80' Sarenren Bazee), Dorsch, Framberger
Unused subs: Koubek, Günther, Winther, Salifou
Gulácsi – Simakan (46' Mukiele), Angeliño, Orban, Forsberg (64' Szoboszlai), Nkunku, Laimer (46' Adams), Gvardiol, Silva (86' Brobbey), Henrichs, Kampl
Unused subs: Martínez, Tschauner, Bonnah, Moriba, Wosz
Florian Badstübner (Windsbach)
Dorsch (44'), Sarenren Bazee (87')
0-1 Silva (19'), 1-1 Caligiuri (penalty, 85')
0 | WWK Arena, Augsburg
First half highlights:
Kick off in Augsburg. Let's go, boys!
First good attack for RBL. Gvardiol drives forward and plays to Forsberg, gets into the area and shoot, but his effort goes across the face of goal.
Almost the opener for Leipzig! Nkunku squares to Silva, who beats off a man in the box but then sees his shot blocked by another defender.
RB Leipzig have really imposed themselves so far and are enjoying more chances than their opponents.
19th minute, goal for RB Leipzig:
There’s the lead! Henrichs receives the ball near the byline and crosses first time low across goal. Silva meets it at the far post and doesn’t connect well, but finishes with his second touch.
Nearly the second! Angeliño crosses from the left, Silva rises to meet it but heads just over the bar.
Augsburg with their first real chance, but Gvardiol blocks Moravek's shot.
Simakan wins the ball and looks to counter. The ball reaches Nkunku via Forsberg, who sees his shot blocked.
Nkunku is in space down the left and looks to cross as Gikiewicz rushes out. The ball gets past the goalkeeper but a deflection takes the pace off the ball and an FCA defender gets back to clear just in front of the line.
Dorsch sees yellow for a tactical foul on Laimer, who requires treatment but manages to carry on.
RBL with the deserved 1-0 lead in Augsburg.
Second half highlights:
The second half is underway as each side makes a double change. Tyler Adams replaces Laimer, who can’t continue after the challenge from Dorsch. Nordi Mukiele is also on for Simakan.
Chance for Augsburg: A corner from the left finds Oxford, but he heads over the bar.
The ball is in the Augsburg goal, but the flag is up for offside. Silva made a play on the ball and came from an offside position before Forsberg finished from close range.
Pedersen finds Iago but his left-footed shot goes harmlessly over the bar. The hosts are coming more and more into the game now.
Szoboszlai is on for Forsberg. Angeliño threatens with an effort but the scores remain unchanged.
Two big chances for RBL! Szoboszlai plays a clever little pass into Silva, whose chip shot is deflected behind by the onrushing Gikiewcz. The resulting corner sees a cross into the box, where Mukiele hits the post. So close to 2-0!
RBL have got the momentum here. Angeliño shoots from a narrow angle, but Gikiewicz saves after a deflection.
Close! Córdova heads onto the bar for FCA.
Gulácsi with a fantastic reactionary save after the ball deflected goalwards off an RBL defender.
84th minute, penalty for Augsburg:
The ball bounces and strikes Henrichs’ arm. Penalty for the hosts.
85th minute, goal for Augsburg:
Caligiuri converts. Gulácsi went the right way but the spot kick was too powerful for our captain.
Full time. Despite a dominant first half, RBL are made to settle for a draw after a late penalty for the hosts.