Die Roten Bullen claimed their fourth away win in a row with a 1-0 victory over FC Nürnberg on Saturday.
Leipzig started the match on the front foot. Konrad Laimer broke down the left flank and crossed in, the ball eventually ending up at Lukas Klostermann’s feet, but the right-back’s shot went wide of the right-hand post. It was the hosts, however, who had the first big chance, winning a penalty after VAR review when Ibrahima Konaté brought down a Nürnberg player in the box. Hanno Behrens stepped up but smashed the spot kick at the bar, meaning the scores stayed level. Nürnberg had a bright spell after the penalty and looked to create chances, exploiting the space on the left-hand side of Die Roten Bullen’s defence. Leipzig slowly grew into the game 25 minutes into the half, and began to create numerous chances. The first saw the ball ricochet and fall to Kevin Kampl from 20 metres out, but his shot was tipped over the bar by Christian Mathenia. The resulting corner saw Konaté head over. RBL continued to ramp up the pressure, with striker Yussuf Poulsen the next player to have a chance, but his header from a corner was comfortably saved. Marcel Halstenberg’s free kick was brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by the Nürnberg custodian, before RBL’s pressure finally paid off in the 40th minute. Another Leipzig corner was swung in to the Nürnberg box and the ball fell to Lukas Klostermann, who hammered a shot through a multitude of players to score. The visitors went into the changing rooms at half-time with a deserved lead.
Both teams were unchanged as the second half started. Nürnberg had an early chance, but headed well over the Leipzig bar. After that early chance, much of the spark seen in the first half fizzed out of the game, with neither side creating chances. The stalemate continued, with Leipzig’s only real chance in a 20 minute spell falling to midfielder Tyler Adams, but his shot just curled wide of the Nürnberg net. Adams was instrumental again in RBL’s next chance. A great cross field ball nearly reached Poulsen, were it not for the head of a Nürnberg defender, who nearly inadvertently headed the ball into his net, the ball just creeping wide. Die Roten Bullen withstood late Nürnberg pressure to hold on and deservedly take the three points with them back to Leipzig.