Another historic night of football in Leipzig! Die Roten Bullen beat FC Porto 3-2 to claim their first ever Champions League win and climb to second place in Group G.
The over 40,000 fans saw a thrilling encounter from the off, with the lion's share of the possession and chances going to the hosts, and Willi Orban poked home the opener after the ball popped out to him inside the penalty area. Porto's Vincent Aboubakar soon levelled the scores though against the run of play, volleying past Peter Gulácsi in the 18th minute.
RBL didn't let their heads drop though and looked a constant threat, moving the ball around with pace, precision and confidence. That incisive passing led to Leipzig regaining the lead when Marcel Sabitzer's pinpoint through ball was taken in his stride by Emil Forsberg and tucked away after 38 minutes. Jean-Kévin Augustin made it quickfire double less than 120 seconds later, racing onto a loose touch at the back and coolly slotting the ball past José Sá. Iván Marcano grabbed a goal back for Porto on the stroke of half time though, ensuring a tense second 45.
The intensity didn't drop off much after the restart, but the ball didn't seem to want to go in. Die Roten Bullen limited the visitors to half-chances at best, but couldn't quite kill the game off. Bruma saw an effort cleared off the line, while Timo Werner also came off the bench to test the keeper, but no further goals were required as RBL saw out the 3-2 win to claim a maiden three points in the UEFA Champions League and move up to second in the group at the halfway stage after Monaco were beaten 2-1 by Besiktas.
Before the game, there was a minute's silence held in the stadium for the victims of the recent wildfires in Portugal. The club's sympathies are with all those affected.
- Head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl made three changes to the side that won in Dortmund. Lukas Klostermann was back to full fitness and so replaced Bernardo at right back. Willi Orban took over for the injured Stefan Ilsanker at centre back, and Emil Forsberg returned in midfield, meaning Marcel Sabitzer pushed forward with Yussuf Poulsen on the bench.
- Willi Orban and Jean-Kévin Augustin both scored their first goal in the Champions League, while Emil Forsberg notched his second in Europe's elite club competition.
Gulácsi – Klostermann, Orban (C), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Kampl, Keita – Forsberg (90+1' Bernardo), Bruma (74' Werner) – Sabitzer, Augustin (75' Poulsen)
José Sá – Layún, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles – Danilo – Sérgio Oliveira (57' Torres), Herrera (81' Hernâni) – Brahimi (75' Corona), Marega, Aboubakar
Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
1-0 Orban (8'), 1-1 Aboubakar (18'), 2-1 Forsberg (38'), 3-1 Augustin (40'), 3-2 Marcano (44')
41,496 in the RB-Arena
Orban (2nd) | Brahimi (1st), Oliveira (1st)