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Big win in Monaco keeps Champions League dream alive

Four first-half goals fire RB Leipzig to a 4-1 win over AS Monaco | Timo Werner brace, one for Naby Keita and an own goal | 1,300 fans supporting Die Roten Bullen in the principality | Europa League qualification guaranteed, UCL chances still alive

Another historic night in the history of RB Leipzig, as the club claimed its first ever UEFA Champions League away victory. Die Roten Bullen were emphatic 4-1 winners against AS Monaco, guaranteeing themselves a place in the Europa League knockout stages, as well as keeping their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the UCL alive. RBL must better Porto's result on the final matchday if they hope to finish in the top two.

Things couldn't have started better for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men at the Stade Louis II, when Jemerson deflected Marcel Sabitzer's cross past his own goalkeeper to hand the visitors the lead inside three minutes. It was 2-0 before the ten-minute mark too. Jemerson gifted possession to Kevin Kampl who quickly fed Timo Werner, and he coolly lifted the ball past Subasic. The breathtaking start wasn't all roses though, as Sabitzer dislocated his shoulder after stretching for the ball and was taken to hospital, with birthday boy Diego Demme taking his place.

The early change didn't disrupt Die Roten Bullen's rhythm though, and a third goal came around the half-hour mark. Willi Orban was fouled by Falcao following a corner kick, and Timo Werner stepped up to thunder the penalty home. Monaco's star striker did make amends for his error shortly before half time by heading into the back of the net from a free-kick, but RBL provided the perfect response. Naby Keïta collected the ball on the edge of the box with his back to goal, before cleverly turning his man and slotting a low shot into the bottom corner.

With the score 4-1 at the break, it was anyone's guess as to what the second half would bring. Sadly, the entertainment didn't continue, but Hasenhüttl's boys were never threatened by last season's semi-finalists and comfortably saw out the result to move level on points with second-placed Porto in Group G. With the head-to-head record taking precedent, Die Roten Bullen must better their Portuguese counterparts' result on matchday 6 in order to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. FC Porto will host Monaco on Wednesday, 6th December, while Leipzig welcome Besiktas to the RB-Arena.

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Timo Werner now has five goals in his last four RBL games
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Marcel Sabitzer was taken to hospital after dislocating his shoulder

TEAM NEWS

  • Ralph Hasenhüttl made three changes to the side that started against Bayer Leverkusen on the weekend, with Lukas Klostermann, Dayout Upamecano and Yussuf Poulsen getting the nod ahead of Konaté, Bernardo and Demme.
     
  • Defensive all-rounder Stefan Ilsanker remains sidelined with a broken toe.
     
  • Marcel Sabitzer dislocated his shoulder and was taken to hospital. He was replaced by Diego Demme, who was celebrating his 26th birthday on Tuesday.
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1,300 RBL fans travelled to Monaco
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Tuesday night's starting XI

MATCH FACTS

AS Monaco:
Subasic – Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge – Fabinho, Tielemans – Rony Lopes (66' Ghezzal), Joao Moutinho (83' Carrillo), Baldé (59' Diakhaby) - Falcao (C)

RB Leipzig:
Gulácsi – Klostermann, Orban (C), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Kampl, Keita – Sabitzer (35' Demme), Forsberg (79' Laimer) – Poulsen, Werner (58' Bruma)

Goals:
0-1 Jemerson o.g. (3'), 0-2 Werner (9'), 0-3 Werner (31' pen.), 1-3 Falcao (43'), 1-4 Keïta (45')

Yellow cards:
Moutinho, Jemerson, Fabinho, Jorge / Poulsen

Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

Line-ups

UEFA Champions League, MD5
AS Monaco

1-4

21st Nov

RB Leipzig
20:45 CET
Stade Louis II , Monaco
11 goals
Timo Werner's RBL tally for 2017/18

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