RB Leipzig Appoint Rose To Replace Tedesco As Coach

08 September 2022, Saxony, Leipzig: Fußball Bundesliga: Marco Rose sits in the press conference at the training center as RB Leipzig’s new coach.  (Photo by JAN WOITAS / DPA / dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP)

 

RB Leipzig have appointed former Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose as coach, the club announced on Twitter on Thursday morning.

The club sacked manager Domenico Tedesco on Wednesday.

Rose was born in Leipzig, played for local club Lokomotive and has continued to live in the city since being sacked by Dortmund in the summer

Rose signed a contract until 2024, the club said.

In a quirk of the fixture list, Rose’s first match in charge of Leipzig will be at home against Dortmund on Saturday, followed by a clash with another former employer Borussia Moenchengladbach in the following round.

Rose was sacked by Dortmund despite a second-placed finish at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Rose has been a member of the Red Bull stable of clubs before. He won two Austrian titles with Red Bull Salzburg before his move to Germany.

German tabloid Bild reported that RB flew Rose to Leipzig in a private jet on Wednesday from Salzburg, where he had watched the home side draw with AC Milan in the Champions League.

Rose, whose first head coaching job was in charge of Lokomotive, brings with him several assistant coaches including former professional players Alexander Zickler, Frank Geideck and Marco Kurth.

Leipzig is also rumoured to be signing Max Eberl for the vacant sporting director position, who held the position alongside Rose at Gladbach.

Despite leading RB Leipzig to their first silverware with the 2021-22 German Cup, Tedesco was fired after a poor start to the season as his side claim five points in five Bundesliga matches.

The club hierarchy acted after Leipzig lost 4-1 at home to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Tedesco was one of two managers fired Wednesday morning immediately after embarrassing defeats on the opening night of the Champions League group stage. Another former Dortmund head coach, Thomas Tuchel, was axed by Chelsea after they lost in Zagreb.

Walker Sent Off As Man City Crash At RB Leipzig

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker (2nd L) is shown a red card by the Swiss referee Sandro Schaerer during the UEFA Champions League, Group A, football match RB Leipzig v Manchester City in Leipzig, eastern Germany on December 7, 2021. Ronny HARTMANN / AFP
Manchester City’s English defender Kyle Walker (2nd L) is shown a red card by the Swiss referee Sandro Schaerer during the UEFA Champions League, Group A, football match RB Leipzig v Manchester City in Leipzig, eastern Germany on December 7, 2021. Ronny HARTMANN / AFP

 

Kyle Walker was shown a late red card as Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig Tuesday, but City still advanced to the Champions League’s last 16 as group winners.

Walker was dismissed seven minutes from time for kicking Leipzig striker Andre Silva, who had earlier doubled the hosts’ tally after Dominik Szoboszlai gave Leipzig a first-half lead.

Before Walker’s dismissal, City had pulled a goal back when Riyad Mahrez finally headed past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, who had previously pulled off a string of saves.

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Walker will now be banned for the first leg match in the last 16 tie.

Despite PSG’s 4-1 win against Club Brugge, City will go into the last 16 draw on Monday as Group A winners while third-placed Leipzig head into the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

Leipzig rallied in their first game since American coach Jesse Marsch was sacked after inconsistent results. His assistant Achim Beierlorzer was on the home bench.

After the final whistle, City coach Guardiola was left fuming on the sidelines at the near-deserted Red Bull Arena as the game was played behind closed doors due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases in Saxony.

In the build-up, Guardiola warned Kevin De Bruyne that he faces a fight to win back a regular place in the City side after a campaign marred by injuries and a coronavirus infection.

The Belgium midfielder fired wide after 17 minutes with the goal at his mercy, then had a thumping free-kick saved by Gulacsi in his best chances of the game.

Leipzig took the lead against the run of play when Konrad Laimer unleashed a superb pass which beat three defenders and put Szoboszlai in behind the City defence.

The attacking midfielder kept his nerve, rounded City goalkeeper Zach Steffen and fired into the empty net with 24 minutes played.

Leipzig nearly made it 2-0 with half-time approaching when Szoboszlai squared to Silva, but the Portugal striker headed straight at Steffen.

Guardiola responded at half-time by swapping England midfielder Phil Foden for Raheem Sterling, but Leipzig held firm.

A huge roar from the home bench echoed around the stadium when Silva thumped home Emil Forsberg’s final pass to make it 2-0 on 71 minutes.

Leaking a second goal caused City to rally and they pulled one back when Oleksandr Zinchenko floated in a cross to the back post which Mahrez buried.

Walker’s dismissal only served to reduce City’s numbers for the final seven minutes as Leipzig held on.

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Liverpool Ease Past RB Leipzig Into Champions League Last Eight

RB Leipzig’s Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth (L) vies with Liverpool’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak during the UEFA Champions league Last 16 2nd Leg football match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on March 10, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

 

 

Liverpool eased past RB Leipzig into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 win in Budapest Wednesday courtesy of two second-half goals to give the Reds a 4-0 aggregate win.

Repeating their double brace from the first-leg Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane struck within four minutes to settle the tie and keep alive Liverpool’s hopes of rescuing their season with European glory.

After six successive defeats at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s team looked relieved to be away from home, with the second leg also played in Hungary due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

But while the Reds showed attacking intent from the off, they squandered a string of chances throughout the first-half.

Unmarked at a corner, Diogo Jota should have opened their account in the 18th minute but the Portuguese striker directed his header straight at Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi who tipped over.

Midway through the period an acrobatic scissors kick by Thiago Alcantara released Salah but his left-footed effort was blocked by Gulacsi with Mane unable to convert the rebound.

On the half-hour the onrushing Salah couldn’t finish from close-range a cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold who was sent clear on the right with a slide-rule pass by Mane.

Roused at last by the near misses, the German side began to venture beyond Liverpool’s high line and managed to carve out some chances of their own.

On the half hour Kevin Kampl forced a save from Alisson Becker with a curler from distance, while a minute later Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg, back from injury, clipped a snapshot just wide of the post.

 

Liverpool’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak (L) and Liverpool’s English defender Nathaniel Phillips react at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions league Last 16 2nd Leg football match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on March 10, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

 

Still the better chances were Liverpool’s with Jota again firing straight at Gulacsi just before the break and into the side-netting on the whistle after a slip by French defender Dayot Upamecano.

Leipzig, flying domestically on the back of six straight Bundesliga wins but nervy in Budapest, urgently needed a goal to rattle Liverpool but continued to lack penetration in the second half.

In truth, Julian Nagelsmann’s men, who dumped Tottenham out at this stage of the competition last year and Manchester United in the group stage this season, rarely looked like claiming an even bigger scalp by turning the tie around.

Their last opportunity arrived on 65 minutes but Alexander Sorloth’s header from a cross by Hee-Chan Hwang spun over Alisson’s fingertips only to rebound out from the bar.

 

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola and players react at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions league Last 16 2nd Leg football match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on March 10, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

 

Soon after Salah and Mane ruthlessly punished the let-off by securing Liverpool’s berth in the last eight.

In the 70th minute the Egyptian fired a spot past Gulacsi, then four minutes later Mane turned a cross by substitute Divock Origi past the hapless Hungarian.

Liverpool, RB Leipzig Champions League Clash Moved To Budapest

 

The second leg of Liverpool’s last-16 Champions League match against RB Leipzig has been switched from Anfield to Budapest as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions, UEFA said on Thursday.

The first leg, which Liverpool won 2-0 as the away team, was also held in the Hungarian capital.

It is the latest match to be moved to a neutral venue in the Champions League and Europa League this season.

The European governing body said: “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig will now be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.”

The date and kick-off time — March 10 at 2000 GMT — remain unchanged.

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Leipzig Waste Chance To Knock Bayern Off Bundesliga Summit

Wolfsburg's German midfielder Yannick Gerhardt (3rdL) and Leipzig's German defender Marcel Halstenberg vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig in Wolfsburg, on January 16, 2021. FABIAN BIMMER / POOL / AFP
Wolfsburg’s German midfielder Yannick Gerhardt (3rdL) and Leipzig’s German defender Marcel Halstenberg vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig in Wolfsburg, on January 16, 2021. FABIAN BIMMER / POOL / AFP

 

RB Leipzig again squandered the chance to usurp Bayern Munich as Bundesliga leaders after being held to a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

For the second consecutive Saturday, Leipzig, who lost 3-1 last weekend at home to Dortmund, missed out on first place in Germany’s top flight.

Embattled Bayern, who crashed to a 3-2 league defeat at Moenchengladbach and were then dumped out of the German Cup in midweek, host Freiburg at home on Sunday.

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They stay a point ahead in the table after Leipzig’s draw.

Nordi Mukiele gave Leipzig an early lead in Wolfsburg, but the hosts roared back with goals by Renato Steffen and Wout Weghorst before Willi Orban stabbed home Leipzig’s second-half equaliser to rescue a point.

Union Berlin are so far the only top five club to win this weekend after beating third-placed Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 on Friday.

Manchester United Scramble For Answers After Champions League Exit

Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) reacts next to Leipzig's Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi holding the ball as Leipzig's Hungarian defender Willi Orban lays on the ground during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 8, 2020. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP / POOL
Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) reacts next to Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi holding the ball as Leipzig’s Hungarian defender Willi Orban lays on the ground during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 8, 2020.
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Manchester United’s third appearance in a Champions League final in four years in 2011 was proof they had established themselves as European football heavyweights.

But their ejection at the group stage of this season’s competition at the hands of RB Leipzig on Tuesday is yet more stark evidence of how far they have fallen since the Alex Ferguson era.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men battled hard last season just to qualify for the Champions League and had one foot in the knockout stages after an away win against Paris Saint-Germain followed by a 5-0 hammering of Leipzig at Old Trafford.

But a shock defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir made life difficult and a home defeat to PSG followed by the 3-2 defeat in Germany dumped them out of the competition.

United now have to contemplate an unwanted run in the Europa League, Europe’s second-tier competition, which they won in 2017.

The three-time European champions still see themselves as continental royalty but their record over the past decade makes for grim reading.

Since the 2011 final, in which they were beaten by Barcelona, the furthest they have gone is the quarter-finals, in 2014 and 2019.

READ ALSO: Atalanta Beat Ajax To Reach Champions League Last 16

They have won just two individual knockout matches in the Champions League in 10 seasons.

Solskjaer took responsibility for United’s chastening exit in Leipzig, after his side went 3-0 down before mounting a late and ultimately fruitless comeback.

“We didn’t perform as a team well enough and that’s always the manager’s responsibility, to get everyone ready,” he said.

“We knew they were going to come at us, we knew they were going to put crosses in the box and unfortunately we conceded two goals and we never got going.”

United were inches away from pulling off one of their trademark miracle comebacks but it was not to be.

– ‘Need a plan’ –
The late drama should not obscure the problems United face — they looked disorganised at the back after switching to a back five and were outclassed by last season’s semi-finalists in the first half.

Captain Harry Maguire said the players had to look at themselves.

“It’s a tough group but we felt we should get through,” he told BT Sport. “That’s the standards of this club. I’m gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got, it would be tough. We have to do more.”

Former United players Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, who were crucial parts of Ferguson’s teams, believe United need more of an identity and want to see an end to the chopping and changing of personnel and formations.

“I think Manchester United need to have a plan, a strategy of playing consistently, so that players can start to build relationships based off of memory, based off of knowing where people are going to be on the pitch,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘Until you do that, you won’t have sustained success. You might have the odd result, but you will not have consistency which they are lacking.’

The club remain committed to Solskjaer, whose exploits as a player mean he retains great credit with supporters.

But there is a sense that they are only ever one or two games from a crisis and the speculation over the Norwegian manager’s future never entirely disappears.

Former United defender Phil Neville robustly defended his former team-mate after the defeat.

“There are managers in the Premier league that are below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that have got great reputations that don’t get the stick that Ole gets,” he said.

“The narrative from inside the club is far different from outside, where there just seems to be a total witch-hunt to get this boy out of a job,” he added.

One handy habit Solskjaer does have is his ability to conjure up a big result after a major disappointment.

He has a chance to switch the narrative again on Saturday, at home to Manchester City.

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Man Utd Crash Out Of Champions League After Falling To Leipzig

Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) reacts next to Leipzig's Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi holding the ball as Leipzig's Hungarian defender Willi Orban lays on the ground during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 8, 2020. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP / POOL
Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) reacts next to Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi holding the ball as Leipzig’s Hungarian defender Willi Orban lays on the ground during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 8, 2020.
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Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-2 at RB Leipzig who resisted a late fightback to reach the last 16.

Leipzig were 3-0 up mid-way through the second half thanks to goals by Manchester City loanee Angelino, Amadou Haidara and Justin Kluivert at the Red Bull Arena.

United pulled back goals in the final ten minutes as Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty and replacement Paul Pogba scored with a deflected header, but Leipzig held on.

Leipzig’s victory avenged their 5-0 drubbing by United at Old Trafford in October.

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Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes from the side which won 3-1 at West Ham at the weekend, including Luke Shaw at left-back for his 150th appearance after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Pogba, whose agent has said the midfielder is “unhappy” at Old Trafford, started on the bench, but his late header gave United hope in Germany.

The hosts took the lead with just two minutes gone as Marcel Sabitzer’s cross-field pass was met by left-back Angelino and his left-foot strike flew past David de Gea.

The United goalkeeper was beaten again on 13 minutes when Haidara finished a move he started by volleying home.

It could have been 3-0 moments later when Emil Forsberg fired wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.

A speculative Mason Greenwood header and a half-chance by Marcus Rushford were all United produced in the opening half hour.

Leipzig had a goal disallowed when Ibrahima Konate headed onto the post and Willi Orban tapped home only to ruled offside by VAR.

United tightened their defence in the second half with Donny van de Beek replacing left winger Alex Telles, while Pogba came on for the final half hour.

United threatened as Fernandes fired wide and then hit the post, just before more poor defending allowed the hosts to grab their third goal.

Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann boosted his attack by bringing on forwards Yussuf Poulsen and Kluivert, who snapped up a Sabitzer cross and chipped De Gea with 69 minutes gone.

There was drama in the closing stages after Konate brought Greenwood down and Fernandes converted the penalty on 80 minutes.

Pogba then met a Fernandes deep corner unmarked at the far post and his header deflected off Konate to make it 3-2 on 82 minutes, but Leipzig held on in the tense closing exchanges.

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Rashford’s Second- Half Hat-Trick Towers United Past Leipzig

Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford leaves the pitch with the match ball after winning the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Manchester United and RB Leipzig at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on October 28, 2020. Manchester United won the match 5-0.
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Super-sub Marcus Rashford scored a clinical second-half hat-trick as Manchester United ripped German league leaders RB Leipzig apart on Wednesday to seize control of their Champions League group with a 5-0 rout.

Mason Greenwood looked like grabbing the headlines with his first-half strike but Rashford came off the bench to remind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he is the main man at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial also got in on the act.

Rashford, who scored three times in an 18-minute blitz, is only the second United player to score a hat-trick as a substitute after Solskjaer himself performed the feat against Nottingham Forest in 1999.

United, who endured a torrid start to their season, have taken control of Group H after building on their impressive opening win against Paris Saint-Germain.

“Marcus Rashford came on and did well but the groundwork was there from the team, that’s what you want from the subs,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“What a shift they put in. Leipzig is a high press, the intensity, so we had to dig deep.

“We had to rest a few because the season is relentless, so we used the squad. This group is coming together. The more quality and spirit you have, the more you get the performance.”

Rashford, last week’s hero in the French capital, and Bruno Fernandes were surprisingly left on the bench as United went in search of their first home win of the season.

 

– Greenwood opener –

Greenwood, who last month was sent home in disgrace by England for breaking coronavirus protocols, started up front alongside Martial.

Julian Nagelsmann’s team started brightly, pinning the home side back but United soon settled, creating openings.

They broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Paul Pogba drove forward from midfield and fed Greenwood, who stroked the ball with his left foot across Peter Gulacsi and into the far corner for his first Champions League goal.

United had a nervous wait as VAR looked at a potential off-side but the goal was allowed to stand.

Leipzig, last season’s semi-finalists, came back strongly, pinning United back for long spells of the rest of the first half.

Christopher Nkunku forced a smart save from David de Gea and Nemanja Matic reacted to stop Marcel Halstenberg getting on the end of the resulting corner.

United were only showing flashes in attack after the break but Leipzig were struggling to create clear-cut chances at the other end, although De Gea had to be alert to tip over a close-range Ibrahima Konate header.

Solskjaer threw on Rashford, Fernandes and Scott McTominay within the space of a few minutes to change the dynamic and United reaped the rewards.

Fernandes sent a superb first-time ball through to Rashford, who raced clear and slotted past Gulasci in the 74th minute.

The linesman had raised his flag for offside but VAR checked the decision, ruling that the forward started his run in his own half and awarded the goal.

Rashford rifled home again four minutes later to make the score 3-0 but then unselfishly allowed Martial to take a penalty after the Frenchman was brought down in the box.

But the England man completed his hat-trick in added time to cap a devastating display.

“I think the manager wanted me to up the tempo,” said Rashford.

“That for us means going forward. There were definitely spaces there. We got Bruno and Paul (Pogba) on the ball. We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward.”

A shell-shocked Nagelsmann, for whom this was the first defeat of the season said: “It was a bit crazy because after they scored the first goal we did well. The final 20 minutes were very bad.”

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PSG Comfortably Beat Leipzig To Reach Champions League Final

Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish defender Juan Bernat scores his team's third goal past Leipzig's Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi during the UEFA Champions League semi-final football match between Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 18, 2020. Manu Fernandez / POOL / AFP
Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat scores his team’s third goal past Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi during the UEFA Champions League semi-final football match between Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 18, 2020.
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Paris Saint-Germain are through to the final of the Champions League for the first time after goals by Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat saw them ease to a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in a one-sided semi-final in Lisbon on Tuesday.

It was 2-0 at half-time, with the first two goals set up by Neymar, the Brazilian again outstanding at the Estadio da Luz, just as he had been in last week’s quarter-final against Atalanta.

Bernat’s goal came in the 55th minute and snuffed out any hopes Leipzig had of a comeback. They could not handle the world’s most expensive player, or the many other outstanding performers in the PSG side, who no longer appear overcome by the sense of occasion that surrounds a Champions League knockout tie.

After seeming to invent ever more absurd ways to lose in Europe in recent years — the 6-1 loss against Barcelona in 2017 and last year’s defeat by Manchester United in the last 16 stand out — despite all the investment by the club’s Qatari owners, here they lived up their billing.

Bayern Munich and Lyon meet in the second semi-final on Wednesday for the right to face PSG in Sunday’s final. Thomas Tuchel’s team are the first French finalists in Europe’s elite club competition since Monaco in 2004.

Nine years after Qatar Sports Investments bought a moribund mid-table Ligue 1 team and began turning them into the untouchable force in France, they are now one game away from winning the trophy that really matters to them.

There is little doubt that the context in Lisbon is helping. PSG have only needed to perform for 90 minutes instead of over two legs in the latter stages of this season’s competition, so badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

They also need not feel the pressure of having to perform in front of their expectant support — glimpse the other way inside Benfica’s cavernous stadium and you really could forget there was a football match being played.

No contest

Then again, in many ways it was not much of a match.

A first ever European semi-final was a step too far for Julian Nagelsmann’s young team, which featured seven outfield players aged between 21 and 24 in the starting line-up and this time could not compensate for the loss of star striker Timo Werner, sold to Chelsea before the ‘Final Eight’ began.

PSG had seen Neymar hit the post before they went ahead in the 13th minute.

Neymar won a free-kick just outside the box to the left. Di Maria swung in the dead ball and Marquinhos headed home.

The Brazilian defender, reinvented as a holding midfielder by Tuchel, does not score many but he had already saved PSG against Atalanta with his last-minute equaliser.

Di Maria was making his comeback after suspension kept him out of the quarter-final. Kylian Mbappe was also fit enough to start for the first time after his recent ankle injury.

Mauro Icardi made way as that duo joined Neymar in a three-man attack. At the other end, Sergio Rico was rarely troubled as he stood in for injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Neymar nearly made it 2-0 with an audacious attempt from a free-kick, almost catching out Peter Gulacsi when he hit the post from way out on the right flank as everyone expected a cross.

But Gulacsi gifted the French champions their second just before the break. His poor pass out fell to Leandro Paredes, and he returned it into the box and on to Di Maria via an outrageous Neymar flick. Di Maria controlled and slotted home.

It was game over within 10 minutes of the second half starting.

Leipzig thought Nordi Mukiele was fouled in the right-back position but the Dutch referee decided he had merely slipped. As play continued, Di Maria crossed for Bernat to head in. Tuchel, perched on a cool box in his technical area, pumped his fist in celebration.

PSG are now hoping to become just the second French winner of the trophy, 27 years after Marseille won the inaugural Champions League.

 

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Leipzig Stun Atletico Madrid To Reach First-Ever Champions League Semi-Final

 Leipzig was established in 2009. Photo: [email protected] Leipzig

 

 

Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Thursday to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time as Tyler Adams’ 88th-minute winner earned them a showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

Atletico looked to have secured extra-time at the Estadio Jose Alvalade when Joao Felix won and then scored a penalty to cancel out Dani Olmo’s headed opener early in the second half.

But Adams proved an unlikely hero for Leipzig, coming off the bench to snatch victory in Lisbon after his fired effort took a cruel deflection off Stefan Savic and flew in.

The win marks a historic night for Leipzig, who were only formed 11 years ago and playing their first-ever season in Germany’s top flight in 2016.

Progress to the last four also puts another feather in the cap of their coach Julian Nagelsmann, whose stock will rise even further after ousting Diego Simeone, one of this competition’s most gnarly tacticians.

Their challenge is now to defeat PSG on Tuesday, the French champions who have only played three matches in almost half a year and needed a late escape to see off Atalanta on Tuesday.

For Atletico and Simeone, this was an opportunity spurned to go far in Europe at the end of what has been a disappointing season in Spain.

 

 

After Real Madrid’s loss against Manchester City, only Barcelona are left to fly the Spanish flag in this tournament and they face a formidable challenge against Bayern Munich on Friday.

Questions will be asked again about the future of Simeone, who has struggled to recreate an Atletico side capable of challenging for major honours.

His notoriously defensive approach, which saw off holders Liverpool in the last 16, looked outdated here against the slick, quick and free-flowing style of their opponents.

A forgettable first half was more worrying for Atletico, who struggled to escape their own half, even if Leipzig never really turned their pressure into any chances.

Marcel Halstenberg had the best opening but lashed over on the volley at the back post while the excellent Dayot Upamecano headed straight into the hands of Jan Oblak when given too much space in the box.

In between, VAR took a long time looking at a possible Atletico penalty but the contact between Peter Gulasci and Saul Niguez’s heel was minimal and the correct decision was made.

Leipzig were still in the ascendancy after half-time. Sabitzer had been captain until he picked up a knee injury in June and it was his perfect cross that created the opener, Olmo nipping in at the front post and heading past Oblak into the far corner.

Simeone threw on Felix to spark his team into life and the 20-year-old made a difference. He played a neat one-two with Diego Costa before poking the ball away from the lunging Lukas Klostermann. Felix went down and then got up to score the penalty.

Atletico owned the momentum but they let it go as the game drifted towards extra-time. Leipzig sensed an opportunity and in the 88th minute, they struck.

The ball was brilliantly switched left to Angelino, whose pulled cross fooled the retreating Atletico defence and landed at the feet of Adams on the edge of the area.

He had time to size up his shot, the finish spinning up off the left foot of Savic and leaving Oblak helpless.

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Chelsea Sign Timo Werner From RB Leipzig – Club

Leipzig’s German forward Timo Werner (R) celebrates scoring his side’ second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig v Fortuna Dusseldorf on June 17, 2020 in Leipzig. (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN / various sources / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO

 

Chelsea announced the signing of German international forward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig on Thursday in the first major move of the summer transfer market.

“The 24-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Blues, and will remain at the German club for the rest of the Bundesliga season,” Chelsea said in a statement. “He will link up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical examination.”

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RB Leipzig Beat Tottenham In Champions League Last 16 First Leg

RB Leipzig’s German striker Timo Werner (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first Leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on February 19, 2020.
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Tottenham need another Champions League escape act to reach the quarter-finals after Timo Werner’s penalty earned RB Leipzig a deserved 1-0 last 16, first-leg win in London.

Spurs captain Hugo Lloris kept his side in the tie with a string of important saves, but last season’s finalists face a huge task to turn the tie around in Germany on March 10.

Without the firepower of the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Giovani lo Celso’s free-kick that struck the post was the closest Jose Mourinho’s men came to scoring on the night.

Tottenham upset the odds to progress past Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout stages last season but were lacking in ideas and energy compared to the Bundesliga contenders.

READ ALSO: Man City Cruise To Victory Against West Ham

After receiving the news that Son could be sidelined for the rest of the season by a fractured right arm on the eve of the game, Mourinho compared his side’s prospects for the rest of the season to hanging from a fourth-floor building by the balcony.

The hosts could easily have fallen flat on their face inside the first 90 seconds as Leipzig amazingly passed up four chances to open the scoring.

Patrik Schick flashed a shot wide from the edge of the box before Werner’s effort was blocked and Lloris turned Angelino’s driven shot onto the post.

Lloris then had to be alert again to deny Werner adding to his 25 goals this season from close range.

After weathering that early storm, Spurs went close to at the other end through Steven Bergwijn.

The Dutch international has enjoyed an impressive start to his Tottenham career and forced Peter Gulacsi into a smart save low to his left.

Leipzig are challenging Bayern Munich’s grip on the German title this season and the visitors were not overawed by the stage in their first-ever Champions League knockout tie.

Lloris was forced into another save by Schick before the towering Czech also headed just wide from a corner.

Werner then wasted the best chance of the first half when he fired too close to Lloris with just the French number one to beat.

Leipzig could have regretted not making the most of their supremacy during the first 45 minutes as Gulacsi saved well from Lucas Moura and Bergwijn fired the rebound wide early in the second period.

However, after grinding out wins over Manchester City, Norwich, Southampton and Aston Villa in recent weeks despite conceding plenty of chances, Spurs’ luck ran out.

An ill-timed lunge from Ben Davies chopped down Konrad Laimer inside the area and Werner confidently converted the resulting penalty.

Moments later only a fine save by Lloris denied Schick a second at the end of a flowing move involving Christopher Nkunku, Angelino and a delightful dummy from Werner to tee up his strike partner.

The introduction of Erik Lamela and club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele from the bench gave Tottenham a much-needed injection of creativity for the final 25 minutes.

However, their best effort came from a set-piece when Lo Celso’s powerful free-kick was turned onto the post by Gulacsi.

Lucas then headed over a great chance two minutes from time as Spurs peppered the Leipzig box with crosses, but Julian Nagelsmann’s men held out for a landmark win.

AFP