Champions League: RB Leipzig wins in St. Petersburg and is therefore almost in the second round 2

Champions League: RB Leipzig wins in St. Petersburg and is therefore almost in the second round

6-1 success in the DFB Cup at VfL Wolfsburg, gala 8-0 in the Bundesliga against Mainz: RB Leipzig was with its recent strong performances for the duel of the fourth group in the Champions League – and at Zenit St. Petersburg followed a 2: 0 (1: 0) now the continuation of the winning series. With nine points, the Bundesliga club is about to move on to the second round. Zenit (four points) must tremble to continue in group G if there are still two games to play.

The advantage of Leipzig fell just before the interval when Diego Demme used a rebound after a failed free kick from just under 20 yards (45 + 5 minutes). For the 27-year-old defensive specialist, he has been the first goal since 2017 and his only second goal in professional football. Marcel Sabitzer has more routines in scoring a goal: he scored the decisive 2-0 in the 63rd minute, the Austrians had already succeeded in the Leipzig 2-1 in the first goal as a scorer.

The match also began with the Leipzig fans: Marcel Halstenberg scored in the 14th minute with the alleged 1: 0, but after checking the video images the referee Orel Grinfeld did not recognize the goal – Christopher Nkunku from Leipzig was the ball before Halstenberg's game at The arm jumped. Subsequently, little on both sides, Torgefahr developed in Leipzig, this should have been due to Timo Werner. After five recent goals and five assists in two competitive games, the striker initially remained on the bench due to muscle problems.

Werner directly playable

Shortly before the break, however, there were scoring scenes and Sardar Azmoun of St. Petersburg lost the biggest chance of the first half from a sharp angle (45. + 2). Shortly thereafter, Demme's ranged shot was followed in the left corner. From the middle of the second half Werner was allowed to play together and only two minutes after his replacement he was involved in the 2-0 by Sabitzer.

For Leipzig, the group stage of the premier class continues with a home game against Benfica on 27 November, so the team can make the knockout phase perfect. At the end of the duel at Olympique Lyon (10 December).

Zenit Saint Petersburg – RB Leipzig 0: 2 (0: 1)

Demme 0: 1 (45. + 5)
0: 2 Sabitzer (63.)
Zenit St. Petersburg: Kerzhakov – Smolnikov (46th Karavaev), Osorio, Ivanovic (71st Driussi), Rakitskiy – Ozdoev, Barrios, Santos – Dzyuba, Azmoun, Yerokhin (85th Kuzyaev)
RB Leipzig: Gulasci – Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg (46th Kampl) – Laimer, Demme – Sabitzer, Forsberg (76th Haidara) – Nkunku (61st Werner), Poulsen
referee: Smile field
Yellow cards: Yerokhin, Dzyuba, Kuzyaev / Upamecano
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