Goalless draw in Stuttgart! The first match RB Leipzig have ever played away to VfB Stuttgart finishes 0-0 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in front of 54,548 fans. Both teams started aggressively, creating some chances early on in the game but were scared of conceding and so the early flow the game had quickly dissipated.
The second half too was marred by disjointed play, as both sides did well to nullify the other's attacking quality. Shortly before the break, Timo Werner had a great chance to fire Leipzig in front against his old sife but unfortunately he couldn't quite reach the through ball and Robert Zieler smothered it up.
For the home side, Margio Gomez had the best chance of the game in the 80th minute, when he found himself with space in the box but his header went the wrong side of the post. All in all, Leipzig found themselves lacking in the final third against a well-stocked Stuttgart defence.
Quote from coach Ralph Hasenhüttl:
- "It was a very even and hard-fought match. Both sides managed to cancel each other out. The fact we were solid at the back and kept a clean sheet is positive but we probably spent more effort on doing that than on going forward. The point however, is very important for us."
- Five changes were made to the side that started against Zenit in the Europa League: Ademola Lookman, Yussuf Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer, Bernardo and Ibrahima Konaté all came into the starting line-up.
- Timo Werner became the youngest player in history to reach 150 Bundesliga appearances.
- Kevin Kampl was not in the squad due to muscular problems.
Kick-off in the Mercedes-Benz arena. RB Leipzig start with a 4-2-2-2 formation
Leipzig start full of energy and have their first action on goal. Timo Werner plays a good ball into the box to Yussuf Poulsen, whose effort is cleared by Holger Badstuber.
Naby Keita with a foul on Santiago Ascaciabar in a good position for Stuttgart. Erik Thommy shoots directly from the free-kick but Gulácsi gathers it into his body.
Corner for Stuttgart. Thommy crosses the ball into the box, Orban clears only for it to be picked up by a Stuttgart player. Their effort is blocked but it again falls to Christian Gentner who fires wide.
Good attack from Leipzig down the right-hand side. Keita finds himself in the centre with space, he shoots but Zieler parries his effort round the post.
So close! In virtually the last kick-off the first half, Werner has the best opportunity. He find himself running onto a through ball 1-on-1 with Zieler but as he stretches out his leg, he just can't reach it and the ball rolls through to the safety of the Stuttgart keeper's hands.
Half time whistle
The first half has been full of tackles and full of fouls. The referee's whistle has certainly been in action a lot in the first 45. After a lively opening both sides have managed to neutralise each other well with neither really getting into their rhythm and both struggling for space in the middle.
Ralph Hasenhüttl makes a tactical change, bringing on Bruma for Ademola Lookman on the left-wing.
Poulsen passes it into Keita from the right. Keita dribbles pasta couple of Stuttgart defenders and shoots from 15 yards out, his effort however just goes wide.
Poulsen now with the effort from distance. His effort however is too central and Zieler gathers it comfrotably.
A couple of chances for the hosts. Thommy crosses from the right-hand side to Gincek, whose volley is blocked by Bernardo. Mario Gomez gets on the rebound but his effort is again blocked by Bernardo.
Werner plays a low cross in from the left-hand side. Pavard tries to clear on the six-yard line but his attempted clearance nearly fines its way into his own net. It rolls just by the left-hand post for a corner.
Good chance for the hosts. Insinua charges into the Leipzig half and plays it to Gomez who has space in the box but his header goes just wide of the Leipzig goal.
After a pass from Augustin, Keita comes onto the ball and shoots from the right, but his effort is deflected and goes out for a corner.
Full time whistle
The score remains 0-0 and Leipzig take a point home against a well-organised Stuttgart side.