Against Augsburg, RB was clearly superior even without the 22-year-old. Leipzig shortened the gap to Bayern, who only play on Monday, at least for the time being to four points. Dani Olmo (38th / foul penalty) and Christopher Nkunku (43rd) scored in freezing temperatures for the home side. The guests didn’t get a single shot on goal in the first half, Daniel Caligiuri also scored with a penalty kick in the 77th minute.
Right from the start, Leipzig put the guests under pressure with fast play, mostly on the outside. Nkunku tested Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz early with a direct free kick (5th). The FCA held against it with a five-man chain – and initially showed no efforts at all offensively. Coach Heiko Herrlich did not call striker Florian Niederlechner into the starting line-up.
Sabitzer on the bench
In the Leipzig squad, next to Upamecano, captain Marcel Sabitzer was initially on the bench. Yussuf Poulsen got a chance in attack, the form of which had recently increased significantly.
The Danish international carefully prepared the second Leipzig goal.
The FCA defense rigorously defended for the first 30 minutes. Marek Suchy only saw a yellow card after a tough attack against Willi Orban (27th). Nagelsmann raged on the sidelines justifiably that there could have been red. Amadou Haidara got Laszlo Benes’ elbow in the face in the second half and had to be treated bleeding (65th).
A foul by Reece Oxford on Nordi Mukiele in the Augsburg penalty area had led to the penalty in the first half, which Gikiewicz initially saved against Olmo. Because the FCA goalkeeper went too far in front of the goal line, the penalty kick was repeated – and Olmo did not miss his second chance.
The Leipzig team took the lead for the 16th time in the 21st game of the season. Nkunku increased before the break.
RB remained game-determining.
The subsequent hit came as a complete surprise. Substitute Ibrahima Konaté fouled Mads Pedersen in the penalty area. Caligiuri converted for sure, it was the first FCA shot on goal of the game. Nkunku hit the post shortly before the end (85th).