Marco Rose’s debut as coach of RB Leipzig was a success – against his former club Borussia Dortmund! The Saxons defeated BVB 3-0 (2-0) at home on matchday 6 of the Bundesliga.
Leipzig took an early lead with a header from Willi Orban (6th). Just before the break, Dominik Szoboszlai scored well into the corner (45′). Substitute Amadou Haidara made the decision shortly before the end (84th).
At BVB, striker Justin Njinmah, who otherwise plays for the U23s in the 3rd division, was not only in the squad for the first time. The 21-year-old also made his Bundesliga debut straight away when he came on for Salih Özcan after 69 minutes.
After the game, Marco Rose spoke of feeling “zero point zero” satisfaction in beating his former club. You can read all the voices about the game here!
RB Leipzig vs BVB: The Analysis
Very weak first half by BVB, who had significantly more possession than the hosts, but mostly only briefly and in safe areas. Leipzig set up Dortmund’s play well and pressed early, Borussia keeper Meyer had already had 37 ball contacts by the break. The Doppelsechs Schlager/Laimer, in particular, compacted the center very well and caused BVB to lose numerous balls.
The guests therefore remained extremely pale offensively and only managed to get a shot on goal after 45 minutes. This was also due to the poor pass quality, only 78 percent of the passes found a buyer. Dortmund often chose the wrong solution, especially in counterattack situations, and the standards weren’t good either.
That looked much better at RBL and, above all, more purposeful, the pace of the Leipzig offensive was difficult for BVB to get a grip on, especially on the outside. The half-time lead could have been higher if chances had been exploited more consistently.
Dortmund in the second section with a little more risk in the game and thus also a larger train to the goal, which, however, opened up space for Leipzig’s switching game – but the Saxons missed the early decision. BVB coach Terzic made an offensive move by bringing in Moukoko and shortly afterwards with Bundesliga debutant Njinmah, but there were few top-class chances to score. The Black and Yellows failed to get a shot at Gulacsi’s goal in 90 minutes.
Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku played his 100th Bundesliga game.
Leipzig has now won the last three Bundesliga games against Dortmund.
For the first time in 33 Bundesliga games, BVB did not score in the opposing goal – the second longest streak in the club’s history was broken (record: 37 from 2020 to 2021).
BVB coach Terzic lost for the first time as a coach against Leipzig after winning three competitive games.
The star of the game: Xaver Schlager (RB Leipzig)
Very attentive and dominant appearance in the center. Has fought the most tackles and won the most balls for his team.
The flop of the game: Julian Brandt (BVB)
Acted largely inconspicuously. Offensive without penetrating power, his corners hardly caused any danger. Had to leave the field after losing 20 balls in 59 minutes, by far the most at the time.
The referee: Sven Jablonski
Inconspicuous and therefore good performance by the referee, who hardly had to assess tricky situations. The contact of Özcan’s hand on Werner’s back was borderline, but okay to interpret it as too little for a penalty (21′).