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Home win under the floodlights! 1-0 victory over Leverkusen!

RB Leipzig consolidate second position in the table with 1-0 win against Bazer Leverkusen | Christopher Nkunku scores the deciding goal in the 51st minute | saves the win with a world-class save in the final minutes | Ninth Bundesliga clean sheet for RB Leipzig

Home win in the Topspiel! RB Leipzig defeat Bayer 04 Leverkusen under the floodlights 1-0 with an impressive goal from Christopher Nkunku and consolidate second place in the Bundesliga table.

Enjoying the better of the first half, RB Leipzig headed into the break with a total of seven shots to Leverkusen’s two and a duels-won percentage of 60%. Despite the promising statistics, there were no goals at either end and the first half finished scoreless.

There were a number of impressive elements of Leipzig’s play in the second half, but the game principally boiled down to two moments. In the 51st minute, attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku fired RB Leipzig into the lead with a powerful half volley. In the closing minutes of the game, goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi pulled off a world-class double save to secure the victory against a strong side and direct competitor in the Bundesliga.

 

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Highlights:

 

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4th minute: First good chance for RBL! Christopher Nkunku cuts in from the left side and looks to curl one to the far corner, but his effort goes narrowly wide of the post.
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12th minute: Marcel Sabitzer has the ball in the back of the net, but the goal will not count as the RBL captain was in an offside position when the cross came in from Angeliño.
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29th minute: Adams is brought down on the edge of the area after a good solo Run. Angeliño takes the resulting free kick and puts his effort just over the crossbar.
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45th minute: Another RBL freekick. Nkunku delivers the ball into the box, where it eventually fell to Lukas Klostermann. The defender fires an effort goalwards, but Hrádecký was there to deflect.
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51st minute: Gooooooaaaall for RBL! Some fantastic team play ends with a combination between Nkunku and Dani Olmo. Christo does perfectly to turn three defenders the wrong way with a flick, before powering a half volley into the top corner! 1-0!

56th minute: Leon Bailey spots Gulácsi off his line and tries an ambitious lob, but it doesn’t threaten the goal.

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62nd minute: Alexander Sørloth shoots hard and low and the ball bounces back off the post. Dani Olmo gets to the rebound but Hrádecký pulls off a strong save to keep the score at 1-0.
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75th minute: Dayot Upamecano surges forward in yet another impressive game for the young defender.

87th minute: Leverkusen look to fight back, but Péter Gulácsi pulls off two world-class saves to protect the lead. Incredibly important!

 

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Full time! RBL see the 1-0 lead over the line and pick up all three points against a direct Bundesliga rival.
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The coach is delighted with the victory.

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