A successful start to the calendar year! Die Roten Bullen were 2-0 winners in their friendly fixture against FK Dukla Prague. Federico Palacios and Bruma got on the scoresheet in front of 4,312 fans in the Red Bull Arena.
We were focused in defence; we won the ball back and countered well. Had we been more incisive with our finishing, we could have scored more.
Marcel Sabitzer returned to the starting line-up on Saturday having recovered from his recent shoulder injury. Ralph Hasenhüttl changed the team completely at half-time to allow another eleven men to get some important game time. Youth players Elias Abouchabaka, Kilian Ludewig and Niclas Stierlin all made an appearance.
Der 2:0-Erfolg gegen Prag!
RB Leipzig got off to an energetic start. Yussuf Poulsen nearly scored to put his team ahead in the third minute, but Die Roten Bullen only had to wait until the 13th minute to take the lead. Naby Keïta dribbled the ball through the opposition half and played a perfectly-weighted pass to put Federico Palacios through on goal, and the striker calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to put the hosts in front.
Die Roten Bullen were on top and Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer both missed good opportunities to extend their side’s lead in the first half. The guests began to find their feet around ten minutes before the half-time whistle but did not create anything to trouble Péter Gulácsi.
The hosts completely dominated the game in the second half. Ibrahima Konaté headed the ball well towards goal from a Dominik Kaiser free-kick, but Dukla Prague goalkeeper Matus Hruska managed to tip the ball around the post.
It wasn’t long before Bruma scored RBL’s second goal. The Portuguese winger received the ball on the left wing, cut inside and blasted the ball into the net. Leipzig goalkeeper in the second half Yvon Myogo had almost nothing to do.
It was an impressive performance from Die Roten Bullen ahead of the restart of the Bundesliga season. They face Schalke 04 at home next Saturday, 13th January at 15:30 CET.
RB Leipzig, first half:
Gulácsi – Laimer, Orban (C), Upamecano, Bernardo – Demme, Keita – Sabitzer, Abouchabaka – Palacios, Poulsen
RB Leipzig, second half:
Mvogo – Klostermann, Konaté, Ilsanker, Schmitz – Kampl, Stierlin – Kaiser, Bruma – Augustin, Ludewig
Rada (46’ Hruska) – Kusnir (61’ Duranovic), Molek (61’ Doumbia), Jiranek, Podany (75’ Doudera) – Milosevic (61’ Preisler) – Holik (46’ Brandner), Koval (46’ Bilvosky), Tetour (75’ Bezpalec), Kores (46’ Schranz) – Holenda (61’ Ostojic)
1-0 Palacios (13’), 2-0 Bruma (70’)
4,312 at the Red Bull Arena