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2-0 defeat to Liverpool

Defeat in Budapest | Dani Olmo hits the post (5') | Gulácsi denies Mohamed Salah (15') | Salah and Mané brace for Liverpool (53' & 58') | Second leg on 10th March

RB Leipzig fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Reds in a game that was even over long stretches. Two lapses in concentration in defence were punished by Mohamed Salah (53') and Sadio Mané (58').

In an intense and high-tempo game, Dani Olmo almost gave RB Leipzig the lead in the fifth minute. His diving header hit the inside of the post and bounced clear. At the other end of the pitch, Pete Gulácsi held strong to deny Mo Salah. In the 36th minute, Roberto Firmino had the ball in the back of the net, but the assistant's flag was up as the ball had gone out of play.

Just like in the first, it was Leipzig who enjoyed the better start. Christopher Nkunku found himself one-on-one with Alisson Becker but the Liverpool goalkeeper produces a strong save to keep the game scoreless (47'). Just minutes later, Liverpool showed their quality to capitalise on two Leipzig mistakes within five minutes to make it 2-0. The team reacted well and managed to carve out more chances, but were unable to take any and will take a two-goal deficit into the second leg.

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The Puskás Aréna is lit up in RB Leipzig colours ahead of kick off!
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The team have brought fan banners from the Red Bull Arena to erect in the Hungarian national stadium.
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A nice touch to make the place feel more like home!
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Stadium announcer Tim Thoelke has also travelled with the team and will take the reins on the loudspeaker for our UCL ‘home game’.
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Let’s go, Leipzig!
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Let’s get started in Budapest!

 Highlights

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Head coach Julian Nagelsmann makes three changes to the side that defeated Augsburg, with Tyler Adams returning to the lineup.
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Captain Marcel Sabitzer is also back in the starting lineup after being rested against Augsburg.
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Pete Gulácsi will be looking to add another clean sheet today.
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5th minute: Almost a great start! The Spanish connection is at it again, Angelino finding Dani Olmo. Our number 25 dives to head, but his effort hits the inside of the post and bounces out.
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6th minute: Nordi Mukiele receives a yellow card for a tackle.
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17th minute: Marcel Sabitzer tries one from distance, but Alisson Becker is able to save.
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24th minute: The game is being played at a very high tempo and the next chance falls to the Red. Sadio Mané meets a cross but heads over.
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36th minute: Liverpool have the ball in the net thanks to Firmino, but the officials adjudge the ball to have gone out of play beforehand. No goal!
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42nd minute: The boys are finding it hard to find space in the Liverpool third.
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The team manage to find success with diagonal balls to the area, but are unable to find the breakthrough.
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46th minute: Almost an instant breakthrough after the change of ends! Christo Nkunku is through on goal but is denied by Alisson.
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53rd und 58th minute: Brutal! Two individual errors from the team are exploited by Mo Salah and Sadio Mané…
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… and all of a sudden, Liverpool lead by two goals. 0-2.
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76th minute: The coach looks to change things up with the introduction of Yussuf Poulsen and Hee-chan Hwang.
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90th minute: Hwang almost pulls a goal back in the final minute. Our number 11 makes a perfect run, beats the keeper with his shot, but the ball ends up centimetres wide of the far post.
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The boys have it all to do in the second leg after falling 2-0 to Liverpool in Budapest.
Julian Nagelsmann chats to Jürgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League tie with Liverpool

Let's go, Leipzig!

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