RB Leipzig outclassed FC Augsburg with a 4-0 win
ALed by magic foot Christopher Nkunku, RB Leipzig confidently won the long-distance duel against cup finalist SC Freiburg for the premier class. The recently weakening Saxons won against the on Sunday evening FC Augsburg 4-0 (1-0), climbed to fourth place in the Bundesliga and have qualification for the Champions League in their own hands before the season finale at Arminia Bielefeld.
The outstanding Nkunku (48th minute/57th) was the guarantee of success with his goals 19 and 20 of the season. In front of 37,029 spectators in the Red Bull Arena Andre Silva (40.) RB put in the lead. Emil Forsberg (64th) made the final score with a penalty kick.
Three days after the playful Europa League final with the 1: 3 at the Glasgow Rangers and the previous two league defeats against 1. FC Union Berlin (1: 2) and at Borussia Mönchengladbach (1: 3), the struggled Leipziger got back up in time and bet before the DFB Cup final against the Sc freiburg an exclamation point on May 21 in Berlin.
“That’s what you play football for”
“The second half was a firework, we played really great football,” said forsberg in the streaming service DAZN and looked forward to the next two games with great anticipation: “These are big games, you play football for something like that. It’s about the Champions League, it’s about the cup – who couldn’t love that.” Coach Domenico Tedesco was “relieved and happy”.
“We played really badly today. We got really pissed off. In the end it was embarrassing,” said Niklas Dorsch. “It just wasn’t a good performance from us,” agreed Florian Niederlechner.
RB coach Domenico Tedesco had demanded a “now more than ever” mentality after the setbacks at the end of the season. Then, of all places, there was support from the eastern rivals Union Berlin, who won 4-1 in Freiburg and thus supported the unpopular “can club” in the battle for the premier class.
Tedcesco – in a white shirt and with his sleeves rolled up – was forced to rotate this time around as Josko Gvardiol had to sit out at short notice with a knee injury and Mohamed Simakan was yellow carded. In addition, Angeliño received a break. Marcel Halstenberg and Nordi Mukiele were in the starting XI. Emil Forsberg got the preference for Dani Olmo and in attack Silva was allowed to play for Yussuf Poulsen.
The Fuggerstadt team found out immediately before kick-off that VfB Stuttgart’s 2-2 draw at FC Bayern Munich saved them from relegation. “That was a great relief and a lot of pressure was off,” said Niederlechner. Augsburg started free and furious. After 14 seconds, Mads Pedersen forced RB keeper Peter Gulacsi to make a brilliant save with a 17-metre shot.
On the other side, Silva (6th) miserably missed the RB leadership from close range. After that, the hosts took control of the game with a lot of possession football, but little courage for vertical actions. Also because the FCA defense stood like a bulwark. Even before the change, Silva (40th) took heart and shot from 17 meters, Rafal Gikiewicz had no chance with the placed shot.
After the restart, RB finally combined easily. Mukiele pulled away half-right, played for the waiting Nkunku (48′), who coolly slid in from the penalty spot with the inside. Just nine minutes later, the French international made it more technically adept: this time he took the Mukiele pass, rounded Gikiewicz and slid the ball in to make it 3-0. His 20th Bundesliga goal was Nkunku’s 50th direct goal involvement in all competitions – of the players from Europe’s top 5 leagues only Karim Benzema (57), Robert Lewandowski (55) and Kylian Mbappe (54) scored more. RB needs to qualify for the premier class simply because of Nkunku, who is being courted by the top clubs.
After a foul by Pedersen on Mukiele, RB received a penalty, which Forsberg (64th) safely converted. Augsburg hardly showed any resistance and were literally overrun by the Leipzigers, who were now playing their frustration out of their souls.