RB Leipzig has gained self-confidence for the Champions League duel against Manchester City on Wednesday. The Saxons easily scored three points at VfL Wolfsburg.
Coach Marco Rose adjusted his baseball cap at the final whistle and hugged his players with a smile on his face. The RB supporters chanted “Away win, away win”, the team thanked them with a walk in front of the guest block. The 3:0 (1:0) at VfL Wolfsburg was the right motivation for the upcoming tasks.
Because on Wednesday, England’s champions Manchester City are waiting for the Saxons in the Champions League. “We’re looking forward to a great game, we’re going out and want to win,” said goal scorer Emil Forsberg sky. Meanwhile, the Leipzig fans not only celebrated their team, but also champions Bayern Munich’s slip-up in Mönchengladbach when the result appeared on the video wall.
In any case, ManCity can come, the appearance in Wolfsburg was sovereign, and Leipzig asserted itself in the top group of the table. Forsberg provided the opening goal. After an unsuccessful attempt to defend by VfL captain Maximilian Arnold, the midfielder was successful in the 14th minute with an unstoppable low shot.
Konrad Laimer (85th) and Dominik Szoboszlai (90th + 3) ensured the final score. For the North Germans it was the fifth competitive game in a row without a win.
Wolfsburg – Leipzig: Nkunku makes a comeback after a long injury
And RB was also able to look forward to a comeback in the closing stages: goalscorer Christopher Nkunku re-entered the field in the 69th minute. Maybe he can also play as a joker against ManCity.
After a short phase of scanning, the guests took more and more control of the game. The Lower Saxony acted extremely harmless until the half-time whistle and had to listen to whistles from the 24,831 spectators when going into the dressing room.
At this point in time, coach Marco Rose’s team could have already made a preliminary decision. Szoboszlai stumbled in a promising position in the 39th minute and 120 seconds later the Hungarian hit the outside of the post with a free-kick.
Leipzig competed in the Volkswagen Arena with black armbands. With this action, the players remembered their former athletics coach Tim Lobinger. The former world-class pole vaulter died on Thursday at the age of 50 as a result of leukemia.
Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovac reacted and replaced Luca Waldschmidt with the more offensive Omar Marmoush after the break. But only RB continued to pose a goal threat: In the 47th minute, Leipzig captain Willi Orban could have extended the lead with a header.
After Micky van de Ven prevented a second Leipzig goal in the 57th minute, Kovac saw himself forced to take another personnel measure: national player Lukas Nmecha, out of action since November last year due to a knee injury, returned to the team in the Bundesliga seventh return.
VfL Wolfsburg – RB Leipzig: The voices
Niko Kovac (VfL Wolfsburg coach): “In many situations we didn’t fight back enough. And it became clear that we don’t have the level of Leipzig. In order to stop our negative run, we have to understand that we can’t solve everything playfully.”
Marco Rose (RB Leipzig coach): “I would have liked us to close the box earlier. Nevertheless, I’m happy about the win and the performance. We took charge quickly and didn’t allow much. We did a particularly good job of defending.”
VfL Wolfsburg – RB Leipzig 0: 3: The data for the game
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Baku, Bornauw, van de Ven, Otavio (46th Lacroix) – Arnold – Felix Nmecha (74th Ambros), Gerhardt – Wimmer (59th Svanberg), Waldschmidt (46th Marmoush) – Wind (59th Lukas Nmecha) . – Coach: Kovac