Goalless draw in Luhansk. After the lads overcame BK Häcken (4-0, 1-1) and CS Universitatea Craiova (3-1, 1-1) in the Europa League qualifiers, they faced Zorya Luhansk in the play-offs. Ralf Rangnick’s XI came away with a 0-0 draw. The second leg takes place next Thursday (29th August, 18:30 CEST) at the Red Bull Arena.
RBL with early advantage after red card
The hosts came quickly out of the blocks and looked to score early on. In the very first minute, Yvon Mvogo was forced into a great save to deny Bogdan Lednev. However, 15 minutes later, Lednev was sent off for a stamp on Marcelo Saracchi.
Die Roten Bullen pressed forward with their personnel advantage, yet failed to convert their chances. Timo Werner, who was back in the starting XI after his World Cup with Germany, had the best RBL chance of the half. The forward found himself alone in the box, but fired wide of the left post (20’).
RB Leipzig not dangerous enough
In the second half, Ralk Rangnick’s team fared little better against the physical Ukrainian outfit. They simply lacked impetus and goalscoring ideas in the Luhansk box. Werner’s shot in the 50th minute, which struck the left post, embodied their misery in front of goal.
The hosts looked solid despite playing with ten men and dealt with everything our lads threw at them. Forsberg had two chances in injury time, yet couldn’t convert either. Luis Philippe saved the first and the second was blocked by the Luhansk defence (90’+1). The final whistle sealed the game at 0-0.