Thanks to two dream goals from Zauberfuß Dominik Szoboszlai, RB Leipzig nipped any fear of a false start in the bud. Also because of a double by the playmaker (38th / 52nd), the stormy Saxons won 4-0 (1-0) against VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
With the first league success under new coach Jesse Marsch, RB eradicated the surprising 0-1 opening defeat at FSV Mainz 05 last weekend. After the final whistle, the Stuttgarters weren’t worried about the gossip, but especially the state of health of striker Sasa Kalajdzic. He returned to the squad for the first time after his corona illness, continued to work for a good 20 minutes and then possibly injured his arm more seriously in the last scene of the game.
Szoboszlai, who came from Red Bull Salzburg for 20 million euros in the winter, made his debut in the starting line-up for a remarkable lead and later increased with a directly converted free kick. Emil Forsberg (46th) and Sturm newcomer Andre Silva (65th, hand penalty) were also able to cheer. Stuttgart, who were 5-1 at the start of the league against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, cannot win against Leipzig. The balance now stands with six defeats and one draw.
As requested by Marsch, Leipzig was awake against Stuttgart in front of 23,100 spectators at the beginning and was poisonous in the pressing. On the right side, Szoboszlai swirled, next to the new defense signing Josko Gvardiol made his debut. The Croatian replaced Angelino on the left, who was out with a muscle injury. Forsberg (5th) had the first chance to score early, and VfB goalkeeper Florian Müller parried his long-range shot from just under 18 meters.
RB Leipzig in the lead thanks to a dream goal – Szoboszlai outstanding
RB then continued to pressure, after Szoboszlai’s plug-in pass, Silva did not hit the ball in front of Müller, where it could have been 1-0. In dire straits, Müller had to save twice against Willi Orban (14th) and Christopher Nkunku (16th), and the goalkeeper also distracted a side puller from Silva (23rd). The dominance of the Leipzig was now evident.
Although the attacking midfield strategist Marcel Sabitzer, who is associated with Bayern Munich, sat on the bench like in Mainz at the beginning, Leipzig kept the VfB defense busy. Only later did the guests break free and almost hit with Al Ghaddioui (38th), who did not bring the ball from the middle position onto the goal. Five minutes later, Szoboszlai took the overdue lead from the right corner of the box.
The second round hadn’t even started properly, it was exactly 16 seconds, when Forsberg made the preliminary decision. Forsberg completed an outstanding attack on Nkunku and Silva, in which the Portuguese put a hoe on the Swede.
But Leipzig’s hunger for goals was by no means satisfied. Szoboszlai looked a bit surprised himself when his free-kick from the left half-field, probably intended as a cross, sailed past friends and foe into the goal. Silva’s first league goal in the Leipzig dress followed shortly afterwards.