RBL hold Monaco to 1-1 draw in UCL debut

Emil Forsberg scores our first UCL goal | Monaco hit back with a quick equaliser | 40,068 supporters witness historic debut at RB-Arena

Die Roten Bullen drew 1-1 with last season’s semi-finalists AS Monaco to seal a point in our Champions League opener on Wednesday evening. Emil Forsberg scored the historic first goal in the 33rd minute, etching his name in the club's history books, in front of 40,068 fans at the RB-Arena.

There were several RBL legends in attendance to watch our Champions League debut, including Tim Sebastian, Lars Müller, Daniel Frahn and Timo Röttger.

After a nervy start to the match, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men began to grow in confidence and almost took the lead in the 24th minute through Yussuf Poulsen. But the home fans didn’t have to wait long to wait for the opener, as Forsberg capped off a lightning-quick break in the 33rd minute. The lead didn’t last long though, with Monaco firing back just two minutes later through Youri Tielemans. The two sides cancelled each other out in the second half, with ultimately few notable chances at either end.

Ralph Hasenhüttl dressed to match the occasion
The home support was phenomenal

Team news

  • Ralph Hasenhüttl made four changes to the team that faced HSV last Friday. Stefan Ilsanker started alongside Diego Demme in central midfield in place of the injured Naby Keïta, while Lukas Klostermann, Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen also all returned to the starting XI.
  • Emil Forsberg scored the first Champions League goal in the club’s history in the 33rd minute.
  • Yussuf Poulsen celebrated his return from injury against Monaco.
  • Kevin Kampl made his home debut against the reigning French champions.


The first-ever RBL XI in the Champions League
A team of RB Leipzig legends


RB Leipzig:
Gulácsi – Klostermann, Orban (C), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Demme, Ilsanker – Forsberg (63' Kampl), Sabitzer – Werner, Poulsen (80' Augustin)

AS Monaco:
Benaglio – Touré, Sidibé (84' Ghezzal), Jemerson, Glik, Jorge – Fabinho, Moutinho, Tielemans – Diakhaby (74' Baldé), Falcao (C, 89' Carrillo)

Michael Oliver (England)

1-0 Forsberg (33'), 1-1 Tielemans (34')

Yellow cards:
Demme, Halstenberg | Tielemans, Sidibé, Jemerson

Champions League, MD1
RB Leipzig


13th Sep

AS Monaco
20:45 CEST
40,068 at the RB-Arena

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