RB Leipzig lost 2-0 to DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 17. While Emil Forsberg was forced off early on through injury (7’), Amadou Haidara made his return (65’). RB Leipzig now occupy ninth place with 22 points.
As expected, the visitors were an uncomfortable side to play against. Their consistent defending made it hard for the Red Bulls in the final third, and despite much more possession and more shots on goal, Tedesco’s side went in to the break with the scores at 0-0.
Leipzig enjoyed the better start to the second half but were plagued by the same issues as before the break, lacking precision in the opposition third. After a misplaced pass in midfield, Leipzig fell behind after Serra finished a rebound via the post (57’). Fabian Klos saw a straight red card soon after after a poor tackle on Willi Orban (70’). With RBL now a man up, Christopher Nkunku had a big chance but was denied by Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino (72’). Okugawa doubled the visitors’ lead quickly after winning possession (75’). Despite a few more half chances, Leipzig were unable to find the back of the net and fell to a 2-0 defeat in their final game of the year.
Gulácsi – Mukiele (65' Simakan), Orban (87' Brobbey), Gvardiol - Henrichs, Kampl (65' Haidara), Forsberg (7' Adams), Angeliño - Knkunku, Szoboszlai - Silva
Unused subs: Martinez, Moriba, Bonnah, Novoa, Wosz
DSC ARMINIA BIELEFELD:
Kapino - Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Andrade - Vasiliadis (58' Kunze), Schöpf - Wimmer, Okugawa - Serra (58' Klos), Krüger (90' de Medina)
Unused subs: Schulz, Ramos, Czyborra, Fernandes, Cherny, Lasme
Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück)
Andrade (26'), Kunze (90')
Serra (0-1, 57'), Okugawa (0-2, 75')
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First half highlights:
Underway at the Red Bull Arena! Come on, boys!
Bad news: Forsberg has to go off with a thigh problem. Tyler Adams comes on. Speedy recovery, Emil!
Szoboszlai with RBL’s first show of danger! Cutting in from the left, he unleashed a powerful shot goalwards from the edge of the area. Into the side netting.
The Red Bulls are enjoying more of the ball and have registered 59% possession, but can’t penetrate in the final third.
Mukiele is sent in down the right and looks to cross into the middle after getting into the area. Vasiliadis blocks for a corner.
Mukiele and Serra come together from the resulting corner and our number 22 receives treatment.
Mukiele can continue and returns to the field.
With 69% possession and three shots to Bielefeld’s one, RBL are in control of the play here but have been unable to fashion any significant chances.
Szoboszlai crosses from a corner into the area and Nkunku meets the ball, but heads high over the bar.
Angeliño receives the ball from Szoboszlai and shoots with his left foot. The ball goes wide of the post.
Wimmer is played in behind the RBL defence and squared to Okugawa, who finishes from close range. However, the flag is up as the former was stood in an offside position.
No goals in the first half. RBL are the better side but haven’t been able to break down the resilient and compact Bielefeld defence.
Second half highlights:
Back underway for the final 45 minutes of 2021.
Nilsson clears the danger twice for the visitors, first heading away an Angeliño cross before beating Silva to Nkunku’s ball into the middle.
57th minute, goal for Bielefeld:
Krüger receives the ball down the left and provides Wimmer in the middle. Pete saves the Austrian’s shot, but the rebound falls to Serra, who finishes with the help of the post.
Double change from Domenico Tedesco. Simakan and Haidara are on for Mukiele and Kampl.
68th minute, red card for Bielefeld:
Klos is too late and catches Orban high with his studs raised. After a VAR check, the Bielefeld attacker is shown the red card 10 minutes after coming on.
Chance! Nkunku receives a quick free kick and finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Kapino rushes out and manages to get enough on the ball to deflect it past the post.
75th minute, goal for Bielefeld:
Arminia double their lead. Krüger plays in to Okugawa, who shoots from inside the area and past Gulacsi.
Silva shoots from the middle of the box but his effort is blocked.
The Red Bulls keep attacking and the next chance falls to Henrichs, but his shot is far over the bar.
Brian Brobbey replaces Willi Orban.
Six minutes of added time.
Gvardiol with a powerful effort on the half volley from outside the area. It’s goal bound, but Kapino is there with a great diving save.
A 2-0 win for Arminia Bielefeld.