Leipzig: 90 minutes to Seville – Sport

Glasgow Rangers and Hamburger SV enjoyed a friendship with fans that blossomed once again on Thursday. A number of Scottish fans, with the help of their Hanseatic friends, have stockpiled an impressive number of Europa League semi-final first-leg tickets at RB Leipzig. The level of offside in the stands was great, but not quite as high as in Eintracht Frankfurt’s last game at FC Barcelona. And unlike Frankfurt, the Scots didn’t take the win as a souvenir – but rather a defeat. RB Leipzig won 1-0 with a late dream goal from left-back Angeliño. You can now feel close to the Europa League final in Seville and Andalusia (May 18).

Glasgow Rangers lined up in the blue – and acted as if they wanted to be the Scottish version of the most defensive Squadra azzurra Leave an impression in history. It took a full quarter of an hour before they played their way up to the Leipzig half. On the contrary, their defensive bar, clearly inspired by Italian catenaccio, was so impenetrable that RB Leipzig, which started with a three-man attack but without a clearly defined point, had no clear vision when they reached their guests’ penalty area. . Whether it was Christopher Nkunku (17), Konrad Laimer (18) or Angelino (30) trying to shoot, the Scots always managed to get a hurry into the ball’s path. However, all too often, passes to dangerous areas lacked the necessary precision. Or the right kicks of the three Leipzig strikers.

Remarkably (and most importantly) Leipzig’s largely improvised defense did not lack interest. Coach Domenico Tedesco had to reorganize his structure because Willy Urban and Muhammed Simakan were locked in yellow. Josko Gvardiol was surrounded by Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg, a very acceptable free player. But as a cleaning method he rarely had to attack because Tyler Adams and Leimer played a lot of balls in midfield.

How can Rangers’ severity be assessed shortly after the break? The loss of the ball by Leipzig in the builder match gave them the call to move the match quickly. Ryan Kent broke at left-back but missed a shot from the left flank; Shortly thereafter, RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams risked his head as Rangers captain James Tavernier chased the ball into Leipzig’s post. In turn, Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor was allowed to call “Here!” For the first time when Nkunko hit. Hadeer; He fists the ball (53′).

Angelinho’s shots from 20 metres – McGregor has no chance

Dominik Szoboszlai then found a crack in the concrete of the hurdles for the first time and passed to Nkunku, who left John Lundstram with a physical feint in the penalty area. After the Frenchman also rounded Rangers goalkeeper McGregor, he put the ball over the nearly nine-meter goalpost (70th position). After a good nine minutes, Nkunko had another big chance. Angeliño found the Nkunku left back consignee for a long, perfectly curved cross from the wing. The Frenchman, who has achieved dizzying success this season, managed to jump over giant Calvin Passy. But not to push the ball down.

Shortly thereafter, Tyler Adams was forced to save the Scottish goalkeeper with a corner kick – and eventually the goal. Because the defensive action by the Scots failed. The ball reached little Angelino, and he shot it with his left hand from 20 yards. McGregor desperately flew past the ball, but it was too late. The ball is hit down the left.

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