Status: 10/11/2022 10:53 PM
After a late and happy victory over Celtic Glasgow, RB Leipzig can once again dream of reaching the eighth finals in the Champions League. Timo Werner gave the Saxons a deep second-half lead at Glasgow’s Celtic Park on Tuesday (11 October 2022) as Emil Forsberg lifted the score to 2-0.
Leipzig are now second in Group F with six points from four matches, Glasgow is two points further down in last.
Werner scored the opening goal in the 75th minute. Forsberg rose (84th) shortly after no clear penalty was given for Glasgow.
Four changes and a furious start
At RB, there were four changes from the 1-1 draw against Mainz. Only Willi Orban remained on the defensive, alongside David Raum, Joško Gvardiol and Mohamed Simakan ahead of Marcel Halstenberg, Abdou Diallo and Benjamin Henrichs. In addition, André Silva pushed Emil Forsberg to the bench at the top.
The hosts started very strong and aggressive from the start and in the second minute of the game they had the chance to make it 1-0 with a header thanks to the detached Daizen Maeda from close range. Leipzig needed ten minutes to get into the game and another ten minutes to take control of “Paradise”. Scoring opportunities remained scarce, except for a failed attempt by Timo Werner (22nd).
Several times lucky for RB
As a result, the pendulum swung back in Celtic’s favor. First, Janis Blaswich saved in the Leipzig box, then Matt O’Riley and Maeda hit the post and crossbar of the RB housing in quick succession. Moments later, Kyogo Furuhashi headed over the crossbar from a completely free position.
Shortly before halftime, Christopher Nkunku missed the Bundesliga club’s best chance so far. Dominik Szoboszlai pushed the ball through the point of the Frenchman, who chopped in another shot and aimed for the far post from twelve meters on the right. Glasgow keeper Joe Hart reacted very quickly and shot the ball just wide of the penalty area.
Lots of rest after the break
After the break, the game collapsed. It wasn’t until the 69th minute that the Celtic Parc fans saw their first chance to score. Mohamed Simakan, introduced from the attacking left wing, put the ball to the left with a nice movement of his right foot, but then pulled it powerfully over the home side’s goal.
20 minutes before the regular end of the game, the guests picked up the pace. First Nkunku keeper tested Hart with a low shot and moments later went into a running duel with the keeper, which Hart won narrowly and got the ball slightly ahead of the Leipziger.
Werner cashes in on Leipzig
Finally the long-awaited goal for the guests: David Raum serves André Silva, who played into the penalty area from the baseline on the left. Werner was perfect and scored the 1-0 with a header. Celtic responded with stormy attacks.
But not the Scots could cheer, but again RB. Shortly after Georgios Giakoumakis was saved from a penalty by Benjamin Henrichs, who was not penalized or deflected, Werner, after a splendid possession, served Forsberg, who had just come on as a substitute, purposefully shooting in from the penalty spot.
RB continues in the Bundesliga with the game against Hertha BSC, kick-off is Saturday evening (15 October 2022) at 6.30 pm.