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Successful start to the year! 1-0 win in Stuttgart

150th Bundesliga game for RBL | Péter Gulácsi makes his 200th competitive appearance for the club | VfB goalkeeper Kobel saves Forsberg penalty | Dani Olmo scores the only goal | Lukas Klostermann makes return from injury | RBL go top of the table

Victory in the first game of the year! RB Leipzig defeat VfB Stuttgart 1-0. Thanks to a strong second-half performance and a goal from Dani Olmo, Leipzig end the day top of the Bundesliga.
 
In the third minute, it looked like the new year would start the same was last year ended: with a goal from Angeliño! The full back tested Stuttgart’s goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, who had an impressive game. VfB’s number one pulled of a number of good saves in addition to denying Emil Forbserg from the penalty spot (23’). Leipzig were the better side for the remainder of the first half, despite a lack of clear chances at either end.

After the break, RBL enjoyed more chances and put the hosts’ defence under pressure. In the 67th minute, the "Spanish Connection" linked up to open the scoring. Angeliño crossed to the back post, where Dani Olmo finished through the legs of Kobel. In a wild ending to the game with chances at both ends, Leipzig held on to secure the victory, especially thanks to an impressive save from Péter Gulácsi, who recorded another clean sheet on his 200th competitive game for the club.

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Match Facts

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Marcel Sabitzer captains the side, as usual.
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Kevin Kampl also starts in midfield.
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We’re underway! Let’s go, Leipzig!
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A milestone for Péter Gulácsi, who becomes the fourth player to make 200 appearances for RB Leipzig, after Diego Demme, Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer.
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3rd minute: Promising start! Angeliño whips a ball into the Stuttgart penalty area, but goalkeeper Gregor Kobel is on hand.
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12th minute: The boys keep the pressure on, with Sabitzer attempting one from distance.
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21st minute: Forsberg is through one-on-one but is brought down in the area! Penalty!
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22nd minute: Forsberg steps up to take the penalty he won. Emil strikes it well but Kobel pulls off an impressive save with his foot to deflect onto the bar.
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46th minute: Back underway in Stuttgart!
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60th minute: We’re enjoying more of the game, but the score remains goalless.
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67th minute: GOOOAAALL FOR RBL! Dani Olmo finishes Angeliño’s cross to open the scoring! Kobel finally beaten.
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That’s Dani’s second goal of the season!
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81st minute: Welcome back, Lukas!
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89th minute: Substitute Alexander Sørloth rises highest and heads a fantastic effort towards the bottom corner, but Kobel pulls off an impressive stop!
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Full time! A 1-0 win sends us top of the Bundesliga for the time being!

Let's go, Leipzig!

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