Incredible comeback in Augsburg! RBL came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 away to FC Augsburg on Bundesliga matchday 11. The draw sees Leipzig’s unbeaten run extend to seven games across all competitions.
The first half was an even affair with few chances at either end, Emil Forsberg went close to opening the scoring in the 28th minute. However, the first goal came at the other end, when Mergim Berisha converted from the penalty spot on 35 minutes after David Raum brought down Ruben Vargas in the area. Ermedin Demirovic nearly doubled the lead (41’) but the half ended with the home side narrowly ahead.
The second half got off to the worst possible start for Marco Rose’s side as Demirovic headed home a corner from Berisha (51’). Thirteen minutes later the hosts had a third, again from a dead ball. A free kick from deep found Vargas at the front post. The forward did well to bring the ball under control before firing a good finish across goal into the far corner (64’). Just moments later, Augsburg full back Iago was shown two yellow cards in quick succession for a foul and his reaction, handing RBL a lifeline (66’). André Silva turned home Dominik Szoboszlai’s cross to record his first goal of the season (72’), before Christopher Nkunku scored a pin-point free-kick from the edge of the area (89’). Hugo Novoa finished a rebound into an open net after a swift counter attack to level the game in the final minute of regular time (90’). In the end, it could have been more for RBL, but they take a point home from Augsburg after a valiant fight back
Koubek - Pedersen (78' Caligiuri), Gouweleeuw (C), Niederlechner (87' Maier), Gruezo, Demirovic, Berisha (74' Framberger), Rexhbecaj, Vargas, Iago, Bauer
Unused subs: Klein - Maier, Baumgartlinger, Caligiuri, Petkov, Framberger, Katic, Zehnter, Mbila
Blaswich - Orban (C), Poulsen (59' Nkunku), Forsberg (80' Olmo), Szoboszlai, Silva, Raum, Schlager, Gvardiol, Henrichs (73' Novoa), Kampl (59' Haidara)
Unused subs: Nyland - Simakan, Olmo, Haidara, Nkunku, Ba, Diallo, Novoa
Robert Schröder (Hannover)
1-0 Berisha (35', penalty), 2-0 Demirovic (51'), 3-0 Vargas (64'), 3-1 Silva (72'), 3-2 Nkunku (89'), 3-3 Novoa (90')
Berisha, Demirovic, Gruezo, Gouweleeuw, Rexhbecaj| Silva, Schlager
Iago (two yellow cards, 65', 66')
First half highlights
Augsburg get us underway. Let’s go, boys!
FCA with an intense start to the game and RBL match it. Leipzig hit on the counter twice early on, but they’re both dealt with.
Augsburg have had a bit more possession in the opening phases, while Leipzig are compact so far and look for chances on the counter.
First shot for Leipzig. Poulsen heads on for André Silva, but his effort misses the target.
After a quiet opening 20 minutes in terms of goalmouth action, the game finally opens up a bit. Emil Forsberg attacks and finds Kevin Kampl, whose cross is headed away. A little bit more promising!
The game is hotting up. Mërgim Berisha and André Silva have already been booked.
Biggest chance of the game so far! Forsberg and Dominik Szoboszlai link up through the middle and Forsberg has space to shoot inside the area, but Koubek is down to save.
Ermedin Demirovic has an effort from range, but it’s saved for a corner.
34TH MINUTE, PENALTY FOR AUGSBURG:
David Raum collides with Vargas and the referee points to the spot.
34TH MINUTE, GOAL FOR AUGSBURG:
Berisha converts into the bottom right corner.
Demirovic nearly doubles the lead, but his effort goes just wide.
FCA lead at the break thanks to a penalty. It’s an intense game with a lot of tackles flying in, and still all to play for in the second half.
Second half highlights
Marco Rose sends out the same team for the second half.
RBL have come out on the front foot and most of the play is taking place in the home side’s half.
51ST MINUTE, GOAL FOR AUGSBURG:
The hosts double their lead. Demirovic has a free header and nods in from a corner.
Good interplay by Forsberg, Szoboszlai and Silva on the edge of the FCA area, before Willi Orbán heads over the bar from a corner.
64TH MINUTE, GOAL FOR AUGSBURG:
Another goal from a dead ball. A free kick from deep finds Vargas at the front post. He controls the ball well and finishes into the far corner. 3-0.
The game finally boils over! Augsburg's Iago is sent off after bringing down and then squaring up to Xaver Schlager. Two yellow cards within a minute for the Brazilian.
71ST MINUTE, GOOAAL FOR RBL:
One back! Szoboszlai delivers a low cross into the middle and Silva tucks home from close range.
RBL are in the driving seat at the moment. Substitute Nkunku almost turns home from inside the area, but Koubek saves.
Leipzig are peppering the Augsburg area here as they push for another.
Dani Olmo comes on for Emil Forsberg, making his return from injury after seven weeks.
89TH MINUTE, GOOOAAAAL FOR RBL:
YES! Christo curls a free kick from the edge of the penalty area into the top right corner!
90TH MINUTE, GOOOOAAAALLL FOR RBL:
Incredible! A quick RBL counter attack sees Silva through on goal. He shoots across goal and it’s saved by Koubek, but Hugo Novoa is on hand to turn the ball home into the empty net!
Szobo with a free kick from about 30 metres out. It drops right in front of the goalkeeper, but he makes no mistake.
A fantastic comeback and a lot of character earns RBL a point in Augsburg. Marco Rose’s side are now unbeaten in seven games across all competitions.