RB Leipzig (dpa) – Led by Magic Foot Christopher Nkunko, RB Leipzig won the long-distance duel against cup finalist SC Freiburg in the first division. The recently underpowered Saxons beat FC Augsburg 4-0 (1-0) on Sunday night, climbing to fourth in the Bundesliga and qualifying for the Champions League pre-season in Armenia Bielefeld once again in hand. The outstanding Nkunko (minute 48/57) was a guarantee of success with his 19 and 20 goals this season. In front of 37,029 spectators at the Red Bull Arena, André Silva (40) RB put it ahead. Emil Forsberg (64) scored the final result from a penalty kick.
Three days after a pleasant European League final with 1:3 in Glasgow Rangers and two previous league defeats against 1. FC Union Berlin (1:2) and at Borussia Mönchengladbach (1:3), struggling RB Leipziger are back in time and marking Marvel before the DFB Cup final against SC Freiburg on May 21 in Berlin.
“The second half was fireworks, we played really great football,” Forsberg said on live streaming service DAZN, and he looked forward to the next two games with great anticipation: “These are big games, and that’s what football is for. It’s about the champions. League It’s about the cup – who wouldn’t like that.” Coach Domenico Tedesco was “relaxed and happy”.
“We played really badly today,” said Niclas Dorsch. “We were really excited. In the end it was embarrassing.” “We didn’t do well,” agreed Florian Niederlechner.
RB coach Domenico Tedesco has called for adopting a mentality “now more than ever” after setbacks at the end of the season. Then, of all places, there was support from eastern rivals Union Berlin, who won 4-1 in Freiburg and thus backed the unpopular “can club” in the first-class struggle.
Tedescu – who was wearing a white shirt with his sleeves rolled up – was forced into a spin this time as Jusko Gvardiol had to sit up at short notice with a knee injury and Mehmet Simakan received a yellow card. In addition, Angeliño received a break. Marcel Halstenberg and Nordy Mukele were in the starting line-up. Emil Forsberg had the advantage of Dani Olmo and in attack Silva was allowed to play with Josef Poulsen.
Fuggerstadt discovered right before kick-off that VfB Stuttgart’s 2-2 draw at FC Bayern Munich saved them from relegation. “It was a huge relief and a lot of pressure was relieved,” Niederlechner said. Augsburg looked free and angry. After 14 seconds, Mads Pedersen forced right-back goalkeeper Peter Gulassi to brilliantly save a shot from 17 metres. On the other hand, Silva (6th) missed driving right-back RB from close range. Then, the hosts dominated the match with plenty of football possession, but little guts in vertical actions. Also because the FCA’s defense was a fortress. Even before the change, Silva (40) grabbed his heart and shot from 17 metres, Rafal Jekevich had no chance of the laid shot.
After restarting, the RB was finally easily integrated. Mukele swerved off the right half, playing for the awaited Nkunko (48), who quietly slipped a penalty inside. After just nine minutes, the France international made him more technically skilled: this time he made a Mukiele pass, directed Gikiewicz’s round and slashed the ball to make it 3-0. His 20th Bundesliga goal was Nkunko’s 50th direct goal in all competitions – only Karim Benzema (57), Robert Lewandowski (55) and Kylian Mbappe (54) have scored more than players in Europe’s top five leagues. Right-back RB needs to qualify for the First Division simply because of Nkunku, who is wooed by the big clubs.
After a foul by Pedersen on Mukiele, RB received a penalty kick, which Forsberg (64) safely converted. Augsburg showed almost no resistance and were overrun by Leipziger, who were now exploiting their frustration with their souls.
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