Whistle, kick-off, attack. The 4-3-3 formation chosen by Hasenhüttl looks menacing. Kevin Kampl, Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer are in midfield, with Ademola Lookman, Bruma and Jean-Kévin Augustin forming the attacking trio.
5th minute, GOOAAAALLL FOR LEIPZIG:
Bruma flies forward down the left-hand side, playing the ball to Lookman who shoots only for his effort to hit the post. It was lucky therefore that Augustin gobbled up the rebound and scored his fifth goal of the season. 1-0 Leipzig.
Cologne nearly reply straight away. Yuya Osako crosses from the left, Simon Terodde beats Dayot Upamecano for the ball durch. Péter Gulácsi tips his header over the crossbar.
Good attack from Leipzig, nearly making it 2-0! Lukas Klostermann plays it well to Augustin. The striker holds off two defenders and gets his shot away from an acute angle, nine meters out. His shot, however, hits the side netting.
Augustin again! Marcel Sabitzer latches onto a wayward pass from Frederik Sörensen and puts Augustin through perfectly for a 1-on-1 with Cologne’s keeper Timo Horn but he squanders the chance.
Next bit of quality! This time Bruma sets off on the counter and puts in a great cross for Sabitzer but his shot from ten metres out goes the wrong side of the left hand post.
Köln get the ball into the back of the net from a corner after a flick on but Jorge Meré headed it home from an offside position and was rightly disallowed by the officials.
A good performance from Leipzig in the first 45 with 60% possession and the better of the chances. The quick build-up play was very effective but the boys were unable to convert a lot of the chances they had.