A result to forget. Despite the roudng support of 34,000 fans in the Red Bull Arena and the return of Angeliño and Dani Olmo to the starting line-up, the Red Bulls were beaten 4-1 by FC Bayern. For a long time, the game was very open and even, but the reigning champions were clinical in front of goal and exploited any lapses in concentration in the defence.
Right from the start, RB Leipzig showed some promising signs going forward, but rarely managed to create dangerous goal-scoring opportunities - and were often denied by Manuel Neuer. It was a similar situation at the other end of the field, but Bayern were helped by an early penalty after a handball by Kevin Kampl. Robert Lewandowski converted the spot kick to give his side an early lead (11’). Leipzig were unable to reward their efforts during their period of momentum in the closing phases of the first half and went into the break a goal behind.
The second half started in the worst possible way. Jamal Musiala left Péter Gulácsi with no chance finished across goal into the far corner to double the lead (47’). RBL reacted well and hit the back of the net through Andre Silva, but the goal was ruled out because of an offside call. The decision was made even tougher to take when Bayern took advantage of space behind the backline to net their third goal almost straight after through through Leroy Sané (54’). Konrad Laimer's incredible goal in the 58th minute reduced the deficit, but the substitute Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting put the icing on the cake to make it 4-1 (90’+2).
RB Leipzig lineup:
Gulácsi – Simakan, Angeliño (59' Gvardiol), Orban (80' Klostermann), Mukiele – Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Olmo (59' Forsberg), Laimer (59' Haidara), Kampl - Silva (71' Poulsen)
Unused substitutes: Martinez, Adams, Brobbey, Henrichs
0-1 Lewandowski (11')
0-2 Musiala (47')
0-3 Sané (54')
1-3 Laimer (58')
1-4 Choupo-Moting (90' +2)
First half highlights
2nd minute: Dayot Upamecano loses the ball in a dangerous area on the edge of the box. Christopher Nkunku picks up the ball and crosses, but can’t find Dominik Szoboszlai in the area.
6th minute: First shot on goal for RBL: Dani Olmo drives forward from halfway, beating two Bayern players. After a move involving Andre Silva and Nkunku, the ball lands at Angeliño on the left. The full back shoots but doesn’t trouble Neuer.
8th minute: Bayern dangerous at the other end! Kimmich’s cross from the left finds Lewandowski, who strikes first time from inside the six yard box, but Péter Gulácsi's is able to watch the effort fly over the bar.
12th minute: Bayern open the scoring. Referee Deniz Aytekin penalises Kevin Kampl for a handball in the area after a VAR intervention. Robert Lewandowski converts.
17th minute: The game quietens down a little, with most of the play taking place in midfield.
22nd minute: Another effort from RBL. Kampl shoots from distance, but his effort is straight at Manuel Neuer.
25th minute: Another shot from distance: Dani Olmo tries an effort from 20 metres, but misses the target to the right.
35th minute: A cross from the right falls to Angelino, who controls and shoots on the volley, but doesn’t make a good connection and slices wide.
37th minute: Leipzig apply pressure! Konrad Laimer heads goalwards from inside the area, but Neuer saves comfortably.
38th minute: Lewandowski lays off to Goretzka at the edge of the area. His ball is deflected behind by an RBL defender. The following corner comes to nothing.
45th minute: What a save by Neuer! Mukiele finds Nkunku, who cuts back to Olmo at the edge of the area. The Spaniard curls one to the top left corner of the goal, but the Bayern goalkeeper manages to divert the ball over the bar with a fingertip diving effort. So nearly!
Second half highlights
47th minute: No way. Kingsley Coman is in too much space down the right and crosses to Jamal Musiala, who controls well and leaves Pete with no chance. 2-0 to Bayern immediately after the restart.
49th minute: Almost one back! A great pass has Andre Silva bearing down on goal and the striker slots the ball past Neuer with a great finish into the corner. But the joy is short lived as the assistant has raised his flag. A VAR check confirms the offside decision.
54th minute: 3-0 for Bayern. The visitors exploits space down the Leipzig right-hand side. Musiala crosses to Sané from close to the byline, and the Germany international finishes from extremely close range at the back post.
58th minute: YES! What a goal! Konrad Laimer tries his luck from around 20 metres and fires an absolute rocket with his right foot into the top corner. Let’s go!
64th minute: A pinpoint long ball from Gvardiol finds Nkunku on the right, who plays it low and hard across the face of goal. Silva slide in at the back post but is just centimetres away. So close to the second.
70th minute: Gvardiol with a great bit of play, beating Pavard on the touchline, before drawing the foul from Upamecano. The ensuing free kick, however, doesn’t bring anything.
76th minute: Neuer on hand again. Poulsen spots a gap and tries to play in Nkunku. The goalkeeper is out quick to react and gets to the ball a second ahead of Christo.
84th minute: Free kick from a good 20 metres in a central position for RBL. Christopher Nkunku takes but his strike flies over the bar.
88th minute: Gulásci again! Alphonso Davies gets to the byline and crosses. Marcel Sabitzer strikes first time, but Pete spreads himself wide and makes a strong save. The ex-Leipzig player then heads the rebound over the bar.
92nd minute: 4:1 Bayern. Kimmich finds Choupo-Moting, who turns finds the back of the net.