Leipzig take first step with 1-0 home win over Marseille

Timo Werner scores the winner on the stroke of half time | First clean sheet in Europe for RBL | Second leg to follow next Thursday in France

First leg done, first step taken! Die Roten Bullen were 1-0 winners in the home leg of their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal against Olympique Marseille, keeping their dreams of reaching the final four very much alive.

After an even start, Leipzig began to take control of the game and linked up well as they looked to find a breakthrough. However, the visitors defended well and always looked a threat on the counterattack. In fact, Marseille came mighty close to opening the scoring, only for Bouna Sarr to be denied by the crossbar. RBL weren't to be kept out minutes later though, as Emil Forsberg led a counter charge, fed the ball through to Timo Werner, and our striker buried a low shot underneath goalkeeper Yohann Pele on the stroke of half time.

The away side came out of the changing room stronger, and it required more good work from Péter Gulácsi and his defence to keep Marseille at bay. A number of chances to breakaway fell apart for Die Roten Bullen, but a first European clean sheet remained intact to ensure Ralph Hasenhüttl's side are in pole position going into next Thursday's second leg in France.


Match stats

The RBL fans produced a special tifo for the match
Timo Werner bagged the winner just before half time

Player facts

  • Ralph Hasenhüttl made two changes to the team that started against Hannover, with Dayot Upamecano and Lukas Klostermann coming in for Willi Orban (suspended) and Bernardo.
  • Stefan Ilsanker was unavailable after suffering a knee injury.
  • Timo Werner scored his fourth Europa League goal of the campaign.

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