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Home win! RB Leipzig defeat Bielefeld 2-1

Angelino (29') and Nkunku (47') score for RBL | Klos pulls one back for Bielefeld | Halstenberg makes return from injury | Sørloth denied from the spot

The home record continues! With a 2-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld, RB Leipzig make it five wins from five at the Red Bull Arena and maintain their position at the top end of the table.

 
RBL were the dominant team, but Bielefeld held their own over 90 minutes, ensuring a close battle throughout. Angelino (29’) and Christopher Nkunku (47’) each found the net to put Leipzig 2-0 ahead, before Alexander Sørloth was denied from the penalty spot. Shortly after, Fabian Klos pulled one back for the away side (75’). The final 15 minutes were tense, but RBL held strong to pick up the three points.

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 +++ Team facts +++

  • Marcel Halstenberg returned to the starting XI after missing four weeks through injury, and played 45 minutes.
     
  • Angelino scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season, and is the club's top scorer in the league.
     
  • Dani Olmo set up the second goal and now leads the club in assists with 5! 
     
  • Lazar Samardžić's impressive assist for the opening goal was his first direct goal involvement for Leipzig.
     
  • Christopher Nkunku scored his first league goal of the season.
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Before kick-off, both teams paid their respects to football legend Diego Maradona by observing a minute's silence.

 Highlights

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Péter Gulácsi leads the boys out. Head coach Julian Nagelsmann made six changes to his starting XI.
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8th minute: After an even start to the game, the guests get the first real chance. Fabian Klos squares the ball to Ritsu Doan, but Péter Gulácsi is on hand to deny from short distance.

Lineups

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20th minute: The Roten Bullen take charge of the game, attacking from the flanks. Two headed efforts from Alexander Sørloth (17') and Marcel Halstenberg (20') cause no danger for the guests..
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24th minute: RBL come close to the opener! Dani Olmo finds Angelino with a great ball, who shoots low from a narrow angle. The shot flies narrowly wide of the post.
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29th minute, GOOOAAL FOR RBL: There it is!! Lazar Samardžić wins possession in midfield and plays a fantastic ball forward...
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... Angelino beats Cédric Brunner, rounds Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and gets his fourth goal of the Bundesliga season.
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44th minute: Stay focused, boys! Arminia are dangerous on the counter attack and have a great chance through Ritsu Doan. The Japan international's shot goes narrowly wide of the post..
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Half time: A good performance from RB Leipzig, who lead Bielefeld at the break. The guests are however holding their own and remain a threat.
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47th minute, GOOAAL FOR RBL: Ibrahima Konaté and Christopher Nkunku come on for the second half – and Nkunku makes an instant impact! Olmo intercepts a backpass and gets to the byline, before cutting back to the substitute. Nkunku stays cool and slots home to double the lead!
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47th minute, GOOAAL FOR RBL: Ibrahima Konaté and Christopher Nkunku come on for the second half – and Nkunku makes an instant impact! Olmo intercepts a backpass and gets to the byline, before cutting back to the substitute. Nkunku stays cool and slots home to double the lead!
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59th minute: Bielefeld continue to fight and look to narrow the deficit. Fabian Klos has a go from 17 metres, forcing Gulácsi into action. Our goalkeeper is equal to it!
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73rd minute, penalty for RBL: Sørloth with a good individual run and is brought down by Amos Pieper. Our attacker steps up himself, but is denied by a strong save by Ortega down to his left.
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75th minute, goal for Bielefeld: Now the game is open again. RBL are unable to clear a throw-in properly, and Klos finds himself through on Gulácsi, and finishes to narrow the gap. 2-1.
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86th minute: Klos gets to the ball in the box and a deflection from Adams sends the ball goalwards. Shortly before, Amadou Haidara tried one from distance and was only centimetres wide (83').
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90+5th minute: The boys don't let up, substitute Marcel Sabitzer has the chance to score the third in injury time but is denied by Ortega with what is the last shot of the game.

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