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Tough 0-0 draw against Hoffenheim!

Yussuf Poulsen's last-minute winner overturned by VAR | RBL with nothing to show for surplus of chances | Angeliño makes injury return after almost two months

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.

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Welcome back, Angel! After almost two months out through injury, Angeliño is back in the starting XI.
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Good reason for Julian Nagelsmann to be happy as he faces his former club. RB Leipzig have never lost any of their ten Friday night games in its history!
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The head coach can also be pleased about the return of Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele from suspension. Yussuf Poulsen also returns from injury and is named on the bench.
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1st minute: A promising start for the Red Bulls! Emil Forsberg wins a free kick in a promising position, which Marcel Sabitzer puts into the wall.
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12th minute: Angelino is in his element once again! His cross from the left cannot be held by Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann. A Hoffenheim defender is able to clear at the last minute.
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14th minute: Gulasci on hand! Hoffenheim attack down the left, Sessegnon crosses. The ball is deflected and Péter Gulácsi makes no problem in claiming.
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17th minute: A Nkunku free-kick Forsberg in the middle, but our number 10 can't make use of the ball.
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19th minute: Forsberg, Angelino and Nkunku link up! Nkunku cuts in on his right foot and shoots, but his effort is blocked. That could have been a goal!

27. Minute: Close! Robert Skov crosses sharply from the right, but it doesn't come to anything. 

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32nd minute: Dani Olmo receives the ball and gets in behind, but his ball into the middle is defended by a Hoffenheim player.
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41st minute: RB are starting to liven up, captain Marcel Sabitzer shooting from the edge of the area after a nice move, but his effort goes way off target.
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46th minute: Double change at the break. Mukiele and Haidara are replaced by Kevin Kampl and Amadou Haidara.
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59th minute: First shot on goal of the 2nd half. Nkunku comes down the left, cuts in and fires on goal. Baumann is able to hold.
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60th minute: Emil Forsberg finds Tyler Adams with a cross to the back post. However, Adams doesn't get proper contact and misses the target.
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65th minute: So close! Sabitzer shoots from the edge of the area misses just inches to the right. Baumann was beaten.

 68. Minute: Hoffenheim with a rare chance, but the ball goes wide of the Leipzig goal!

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88th minute: Another chance! Substitute Haidara breaks into the area down the left and crosses to Sørloth, who heads over in a duel.
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90+6th minute: That would have been it! Yussuf Poulsen rises highest after a Halstenberg corner and heads the ball into the net. After celebrations from the Bulls, disappointment follows: VAR rules that Yussi handled the ball. The score remains 0-0.

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