RB Leipzig 2 Stuttgart 0FT
On Saturday afternoon in the Bundesliga, we saw a battle between the two of the most underachieving teams in the League this season. As Stuttgart, a side that has somewhat lost their way to season would host failed title Challengers RB Leipzig at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart. RB Leipzig has gathered some form as of late yet has still not tasted victory away from Red Bull Arena this campaign; meanwhile, Stuttgart finds themselves closer to the relegation zone and then to Europe. It was a critical match for both teams the momentum through the second half of the season. It turned out to be incredibly well-balanced match between two teams that didn’t appear they had too much separating them. We saw a few early chances from both teams before a penalty was given to RB Leipzig. Andre Silva stepped up and delivered to provide RB Leipzig a 1-0 lead. Outside of that, there weren’t that many scoring opportunities for either team as the defense has and goalkeeper the both came to play limiting high quality looks on goal. Near the end of the half, Stuttgart tried testing Péter Gulácsi, but the Hungarian kept the hosts at arm’s length. RB Leipzig held onto a narrow of margins into the second half; despite having a lead, there was much to play; the game was still very open, with neither team really asserting themselves as the superior side. Both teams had stretches where they looked dangerous. Momentum was building for Stuttgart, applying pressure on RB Leipzig coming close on and numerous of opportunities Péter Gulácsi was simply at his best on Sunday afternoon, putting together one of his best performances not letting anything past him. Right, when it looked like Stuttgart was going to break through with about 20 minutes to go level of explosion from RB Leipzig magician Christopher Nkunku a brilliant through-ball before getting behind the defense separating himself and sending a rocket into the bottom corner as RB Leipzig opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to a silky finish from the Frenchman. RB Leipzig is starting to pull away; they even scored another but was waved off because of offside. In the closing moments, Stuttgart came close to getting a goal back Péter Gulácsi denied them as he made a season-high 10 saves along the way Andre Silva and Christopher Nkunku deliver the goods for RB Leipzig, winning their fourth out of the last five remaining in the impeccable form to win away from the Red Bull Arena Leipzig continue to climb and chase Champions League qualification while Stuttgart, despite putting together a strong performance feeling the frustration again and they continue to slip as RB Leipzig secure maximum points at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
After preparations and predictions of the match got underway at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. As Stuttgart would host RB Leipzig on Sunday afternoon. RB Leipzig would be looking for their first away victory of the season as they tried to close in on Champions League places; meanwhile, Stuttgart needs to climb the table in their own right to avoid getting dragged to the bottom. It turned out to be a very evenly-matched contest, especially at the beginning of the first half. Lukas Klostermann, just minutes into the game, attempted a deep strike from outside the box; however, the defender failed to reach the target as the defense blocked his attempt on goal. Stuttgart formulated a reply as Saša Kalajdžić, Austrian big man, got his head on the back of a cross coming from the wing. The Austrian is 6 ft 7, a very physically imposing Striker, but because of his height, sometimes it isn’t easy to get the ball down; when he rises up, he wins every header, but sometimes it’s determined by his ability to direct it. On this occasion, it just went a bit High, but Sasa is always a good option in the Box because of his dangerous play through the air. Not long after, RB Leipzig got the Breakthrough in the 11th minute when Marvpanos was called for a handball in the box RB Leipzig for a gifted penalty. Andre Silva with step up and score yet again; he’s starting to look like the player we saw at Frankfurt last season as he stepped up and converted the penalty to get RB Leipzig 1-0 lead Andre Silva sixth goal in the Bundesliga this season.
As it is a quick start for RB Leipzig following the penalty executed by Andre Silva. Stuttgart, given an unfortunate start to the game, tried to rally back into it. Tanguy Coulibaly tried giving Stuttgart that push as he got after it almost immediately after the goal. He made a brilliant run into a dangerous position before trying to strike at Péter Gulácsi, heading from a complicated angle as the Hungarian makes the save. The Stuttgart youngster came through again list trying to stretch from outside; despite having a good connection on, the ball he was unable to convert from distance. There really was no superiority between them; even though RB Leipzig had the lead come from the penalty spot, they still were very much open business. Following the pair of chances from Stuttgart, there wasn’t a tremendous amount of action on goal until past the half-hour mark. When the big Austrian tries to direct a cross coming from the wing, he follows through but his header hooks to the left. They’re getting it to him in dangerous positions, which is precisely what they should be doing, but he hasn’t quite used his size to his advantage yet. Ito fired a deep strike trying to pull one past Péter Gulácsi, but not much got past him in this game as he makes another save to keep his side in front. However, it did seem like Stuttgart continued to build on the couple of chances that they had. Endo came forward from inside the Box, firing from the left side, but Péter Gulácsi got his hand on it again. In the closing moments of the first half Saša Kalajdžić once again through the air, trying to use his size to his advantage this time it was on target but unable to get through the Hungarian wall as we came to the end of the first half in a very evenly-matched game as RB Leipzig hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a spot-kick from Andre Silva.
The first half may not have been the most action-packed, but the intrigue continues to build with some formidable chances coming from both sides. Neither one seemed to be able to grab any superiority; however, Stuttgart seemed to be laying it on thick at the end of the first as momentum was building through their attack; this was far from over with both teams having maximum points up for grabs at the second half was surely going to be a battle between two teams in need of points. RB Leipzig wanted to establish themselves and make the stamp on the game; a second goal more or less gives them maximum effectiveness, and RB Leipzig was determined to dictate how the game was going to be played in the second half. Yussuf Poulsen got himself a pair of chances to start the second half. After being set up by Christopher Nkunku, yussuf Poulsen connected on a deep strike that threatened the goalkeeper but still managed to make the save. Then just a few minutes later, on a free-kick, it was Yussuf Poulsen again; a beautiful cross from Angelino found the head of the Denmark Striker going a bit wide. Stuttgart tired back with Endo as the Japanese midfielder hit the ball with pace and power in a hazardous area; it was an exceptionally well hit strike from outside the box but as the ball progressed for started tipping upwards, missing at the last second as he fired wide but a very well taken strike showing that Stuttgart wasn’t going to back down. It was nip and Tuck, and it continued to be a battle. Stuttgart got the ball to Sasa in the air once again a fantastic strategy; even if it doesn’t work all the time, it is the best thing they can do in attacking situations considering the sizeable advantage he has; however, on the night he struggled to find the back of the net through the air. As Sasa’s header was dealt with by the Hungarian making a one-handed save on his back. About five minutes later, Stuttgart came dangerously close to the Equalizer as Mangala; it’s a potent strike from Deep; unfortunately, Péter Gulácsi made another ridiculous save to keep Leipzig in front. Minutes later, Anton gave Stuttgart their best chance of the game with a really well-taken strike. Somehow the Hungarian got his fingertips to it. It was a monument opportunity considering what was to follow in the 70th minute RB Leipzig got on the Break with their magician Christopher nkunku with the ball at his feet shredding through the pitch before separating himself from the defense and hitting a rocket into the bottom has RB Leipzig took a 2-0 lead with only 20 minutes to go. It would be the ninth goal in the Bundesliga this season from their French Superstar; he has been the one to dictate the results during this campaign and seems to be the one that will help them climb the ladder into the champions league for next season. You have to feel for Stuttgart; they ended up doing all the right things; they were playing well, and momentum was building you even kind of felt they were going to get an equalizer, but excellent goalkeeping display denied them of what otherwise probably would have been an equalizer and then shortly after their Superstar comes to the party and ruins it for a Stuttgart team that needed points certainly a demoralizing Feeling considering they played much of the game very well. Leipzig ended up adding a third, but it was waved off for offside. In the closing moments of the match, Péter Gulácsi denied Roberto Massimo. Mangala misfired late as they are shut out at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as Leipzig earn their first away victory of the season now just sitting three points from the Champions League places as they have won four of their last five games and are heating up at precisely the right time Leipzig may have a date with the Champions League next season after all.
RB Leipzig had a painfully horrid start to the season; they expected to go into this campaign with one of the squads that can most compete with Bayern Munich especially considering the acquisition of Andre Silva. Going into the season, this was one of their biggest concerns, and they looked like they filled the void. Things never really clicked under Jesse Marsh as they have been sitting outside of the European places for the majority of the season. They have been one of the most underwhelming teams this campaign; however, with all that being said, it does seem like they are slowly starting to turn it around. Champions League football has now become a possibility after their performance at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. RB Leipzig, a team that has struggled so significantly throughout this campaign, now have a pathway to make the Champions League; they are only three points out of contention, and if they keep playing as they have, they could very well be sitting in the Champions League by the end of the season. They had failed to win away from the Red Bull Arena this afternoon that changed; it was a very tough, intense affair that could have genuinely gone in favor of either team. Andre Silva scores again to recapture the form he showed at Frankfurt last season, scoring 29 Bundesliga goals. They take the lead but fail to put their stamp on the game, at least initially. Stuttgart was very ambitious and made things challenging on Péter Gulácsi could have scored; it was really a well-balanced game between two sides that were going for it. Stuttgart needed these points, as well as they have had a horrible season after finishing ninth last season. They look like they could be in danger of the drop zone. They played very well but couldn’t get the moment they needed. Péter Gulácsi had one of his best games of the season, making so many vital saves down the stretch, especially with Stuttgart pushing. RB Leipzig waited and eventually found the moment they needed to get that separation at the very end, and they looked to your star. He delivered the most crucial moment at Stuttgart looked like they were about to equalize before French genius Nkunku took advantage on a counter to secure the points for RB Leipzig top performance with both teams having their opportunities but with the safe hands in goal and the moments that came at the right time RB Leipzig finally wins away from home as they are closing in on the Champions League following victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.