Die Roten Bullen lost 4-1 to FC Zürich in their opening friendly of the 2019/20 season. Julian Nagelsmann stood on the Leipzig touchline for the first time, handing Luan Candido his debut.
Both teams started at a high tempo, but it was the guests that took the lead in the 13th minute when Benjamin Kolollo fired home. Assan Ceesay and Simon Sohm made it 3-0 for the visitors before half-time, with Izer Aliu adding a fourth after the break. Emil Forsberg got a late consolation from the spot for the hosts, with the game ending 4-1.
Gulácsi (46' Mvogo), Orban (46' Ilsanker), Poulsen (46' Augustin), Werner (46' Borkowski, 73' Krauß), Laimer (46' Wosz), Hartmann (46' Jäkel), Candido (46' Halstenberg), Kampl (46' Demme), Martel (46' Mukiele), Bidstrup (46' Sabitzer), Krauß (46' Forsberg)
Brecher (75' Vanins), Omeragic (62' Aliu), Bangura, Nathan (62' Kramer), Kharabadze (62' Le Pogam), Sohm, Popovic, Khelifi (46' Mahi), Marchesano, Kololli, Ceesay
0-1 Benjamin Kololli (13'), 0-2 Assan Ceesay (16'), 0-3 Simon Sohm (29'), 0-4 Izer Aliu (64'), 1-4 Emil Forsberg (82')
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