So nearly! In a game with few clear scoring chances, Yussuf Poulsen scored what would have been the winning goal in the fifth minute of added time. However, the goal was overturned after a VAR check, Yussi being penalised for a handball. Therefore, a tough 0-0 draw was the outcome against TSG Hoffenheim.
RB Leipzig enjoyed chances from the very beginning, a Sabitzer free kick (1') was fired into the wall, before Christopher Nkunku's shot was blocked (19'), while crosses from Angelino (10', 12') and Dani Olmo (32') did not end in a shot. Hoffenheim did not create much at the other end, and the two sides went into the break with the scores at 0-0.
A double change at halftime (Kampl and Haidara for Angelino and Mukiele) had little impact on the game. The Bulls continued to be the more expansive of the two sides, but were unable to create any real chances. In the 60th minute, Emil Forsberg crossed to Tyler Adams, who failed to make proper contact with his header and missed the target from close range. Sabitzer fired from the edge of the penalty area a little later and missed by just inches (65'). The visitors looked to attack on the counter, and sat off the ball, therefore allowing little. There was late drama: in the 94th minute, Yussuf Poulsen seemed to have finally broken the deadlock, rising highest to head home a corner kick. However, the celebrations were brought to an abrupt end, as VAR intervened and the goal was overturned due to Poulsen being penalised for a handball. Instead of three points, RBL had to therefore settle for one.