RB Leipzig defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 thanks to three second-half goals and picked up three important points in the race for the Champions League.
Both sides had early chances but were denied by the opposition goalkeepers. Janis Blaswich saved a Marcus Thuram effort (10’), while Timo Werner had a shot saved by Tobias Sippel (11’). The remainder of the half was relatively low on chances, although the better opportunities fell to the away side.
The second half began promisingly for Gladbach when David Raum was penalised for a foul in the area on Jonas Hofmann, but Alassane Pléa’s penalty was saved by Janis Blaswich (53’). A few moments later, Timo Werner crashed a shot in off the underside of the crossbar (57’) and Emil Forsberg doubled the lead from the spot after Amadou Haidara was brought to ground by Pléa (71’).
Joško Gvardiol put the icing on the cake (80’) late on, turning the ball home at the far post after Yussuf Poulsen flicked on a corner. Dani Olmo capped a good day when he came off the bench in the 87th minute to mark his return from injury after 43 days on the sidelines.
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Blaswich – Orbán, Haidara (87' Simakan), Forsberg (87' Olmo), Werner (76' Poulsen), Szoboszlai, Silva, Raum (77' Halstenberg), Laimer (87' Kampl), Gvardiol, Henrichs
Unused subs: Nyland, Klostermann, Clark
Sippel – Itakura, Kramer, Thuram (90'+1 Telalovic), Pléa (72' Stindl), Koné (90'+1 Fraulo), Netz, Hofmann (90'+1 Herrmann), Scally, Elvedi, Neuhaus (72' Wolf)
Unused subs: Dimmer, Friedrich, Lainer, Ngoumou
Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck (Freiburg)
1-0 Werner (57'), 2-0 Forsberg (71', penalty), 3-0 Gvardiol (80')
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First half highlights:
Underway at the Red Bull Arena. Let's go, RBL!
RBL with their first corner of the game. Raum delivers it but Thuram can clear.
Gladbach hit on the counter and Hofmann finds Neuhaus, but he shoots wide from the edge of the area.
Thuram gets into the area and shoots, but Blaswich saves.
First chance for RBL! Werner strikes from a corner but Sippel tips over the bar.
Henrichs gets into space down the right and crosses into the middle but can’t find an attacker.
Gladbach hit on the break again but Haidara does well to defend against Thuram and prevents a dangerous shot on goal.
Werner shoots first time after a cross from Szoboszlai but Netz is able to block it.
Laimer plays it to Werner close to the byline but he can’t beat Sippel from a narrow angle.
Thuram manages to get round Gvardiol but hits his effort onto the top of the crossbar. Big chance for the visitors.
Raum takes it past Scally and crosses into the centre, but Forsberg heads over the bar.
First half in photos
Second half highlights:
The second half is underway. Neither side has made any changes at the break.
51ST MINUTE, PENALTY FOR GLADBACH:
Neuhaus plays Hofmann through and the Gladbach man has space ahead of him. He gets into the area and Raum brings him down as he attempts to play the ball. After a VAR check, it’s a penalty and a yellow card.
Pléa takes the penalty kick and goes to Blaswich’s left. Janis guesses the right way and holds!!
57TH MINUTE, GOOOAAALL FOR RBL:
YES!! Henrichs wins the ball from Koné and Werner picks it up, drives forward and hits a shot in off the underside of the bar!
The saved penalty has seen the momentum swing and RBL are now the team on top.
70TH MINUTE, PENALTY FOR RBL:
Haidara does well to draw the foul from Pléa and the referee points to the spot!
71ST MINUTE, GOOAAL FOR RBL:
Emil steps up and makes no mistake, slotting to Sippel’s right-hand corner. 2-0!
Substitute Poulsen has an effort from a narrow angle and forces Sippel into a good save.
80TH MINUTE, GOAL FOR RBL:
Josko makes it three from the resulting corner! Poulsen flicks the ball on to the far post, where Gvardiol turns home from close range.
Dani Olmo makes his return from injury! He comes on for Emil Forsberg for the closing minutes.
Three second half goals give RBL the win!