RB Leipzig 4 Dormund 1FT
The Bundesliga season is coming down to a bitter end; as we approach the closing stretch of the season with just eight games remaining, there is so much that can still happen. On Saturday night, we saw an incredible Clash that had a lot of intrigue and anticipation surrounding it. Two of the best teams in the Bundesliga heading to battle in a truly intense affair regarding the top of the pile in German Football. It would be the hottest team in German football since the start of 2022. RB Leipzig made the trip to Signal Iduna Park to take on Dortmund. Dortmund still is trying to hold on to the hope that they can chase down Bayern Munich for the league title needing a little help for that to occur, but they can’t let time wasted on all results become essential; this is why drop points against Koln was a brutal result taking things out of their control displaying themselves as classic Dortmund as they faltered when the pressure was the highest. On the other hand, Leipzig is still battling for that final Champions League spot with Friedberg and Hoffenheim and currently has the momentum heading towards this last stretch of the season. Signal Iduna Park on Saturday was at full capacity for the first time in nearly two years 81,365 in attendance as the yellow wall was loud as ever as yellow smoke appeared from a distance at kick-off.
It was a very intriguing match from the beginning; however, how the match ended up revealing itself was very different from the early parts of the game. RB Leipzig had a sense of confidence driving them as they positioned themselves very well, specifically in the Midfield, trying to make things as difficult as possible. In the early part of the game, though, Dortmund seemed to be thriving off the energy from the atmosphere; it didn’t last very long, but they did start reasonably well. Erling haaland is back and healthy as the Norwegian looked to make a big statement in the 13th-minute. Erling haaland tried finding space on the left side; he cut into the box beautifully before striking with power; the Superstar had a good look, and it was a good touch, but his initial strike on goal drifted as Péter Gulácsi is unbothered. Moments later, Hazard strung a pass to Rafael Guerreiro, but Leipzig defensively got themselves in the way as it was trial by fire in front of goal; an initial block came back out to Rafael Guerriero, who tried a second time, but the defense got themselves in the way of the attempted strike yet again. Following a blocked strike from outside the box from Jude Bellingham, Rafael Guerriero saw his strike saved in the 19th minute by Péter Gulácsi as he tried striking from a distance. Through that first stretch of the game, RB Leipzig looked strong, but Dortmund seemed to be operating on high energy and confidence. All it took with one moment for everything to collapse. RB Leipzig pushed forward through their Superstar as Christopher Nkunku threaded a perfect ball inside towards Konrad Laimer as Leipzig engine made a terrific run forcing the keeper to come out as the midfielder Pop the ball over him at the last second chipping the keeper as it lands into the back of the net as RB Leipzig take a 1–0 lead any 21st minute.
Laimer chipped Kobel as RB Leipzig got off to a flying start in Dourtmund
Dortmund made a mistake and cost themselves. Truthfully, they got off to a great start, but they had a hard time recovering from it after they conceded. RB Leipzig regained full control and dominated the Run of play after the opening goal. A few minutes later, Andre Silva makes a great run before seeing his shot blocked that only sets up Konrad Laimer and Christopher Nkunku to hook up a second time. In the 30th minute, the French attacking midfielder picked up the ball at the halfway line before running it into the wing hitting a beautiful cross into the box; his delivery takes a slight deflection off the foot of Matt Hummels into the space of Konrad Laimer as he connects them outside the box taking a slight deflection before finding the back of the net again to get his brace. RB Leipzig is firmly in control now as they take a 2–0 lead suddenly; they are running away with it; it wasn’t going to get any easier for Dortmund; they were humiliating them in front of them the yellow wall.
A Laimer double as he is embraced by Dani Olmo and Angelino as RB Leipzig rips open Dortmund again.
It was turning into a tactical masterclass from RB Leipzig. Dortmund has the players to get back into the game; however, they had a challenging time moving the ball many times. They had to revert to making back passes towards the defense, not succeeding in getting into dangerous positions. The RB Leipzig Midfield positioned themselves in such a demeaning way, not allowing any lanes for passing while also playing the offside trap brilliantly, keeping at least 1 Dortmund attacker offsides at all times. The only way Dortmund could positively move the ball was by hitting it over the top, a highly-skilled maneuver Dortmund or broken RB Leipzig trapped them; they couldn’t move the ball because of the Midfield setup from RB Leipzig. They were in trouble and needed to find some way out of it because it wasn’t working. In the 39th minute, Rafael Guerriero found a chance they needed to go with the spectacular blasting a strike from outside the box but could not reach the target. The defensive setup also was quite effective, almost forcing opportunities from large distances. In the 44th minute at the end of the first half, Mukiele follows through on a complicated angle after receiving a cross from Angelino. They signaled the end of the first half with RB Leipzig running away with its total dictation of the game, with Dortmund unable to prevent it as a brace from Konrad Laimer seizes the ride with a 2–0 lead at the break.
Mukiele connects on an overhead kick coming from a corner as RB Leipzig were bullying Dortmund in a 2–0 first half.
Dortmund started the first half quite well, but they seemingly couldn’t get it back once they lost their momentum, and RB Leipzig got their lead and wouldn’t let it go. Dortmund was going to need something special to turn this around started as impossible they were in front of the yellow wall, but Dortmund’s mistakes put them in this position; it was up to them to dig themselves out of it. However, that sentiment would be easier said than done; they were demoralized ever since the first goal went in. RB Leipzig kicked off the second half the same way they ended the first in control and dominated Dortmund at signal iduna Park. A few minutes into the second half Dani Olmo retrieved the ball from Christopher Nkunku; he fired a deep strike, but fortunately, Matt Hummels got in it. A minute later, coming off a corner kick, he was there once again; the Spanish International connected from outside the Box, misfiring to the right. It just wasn’t going Dortmund’s way as they were collapsing and folding in front of their home fans. It was going to get even worse, though; in the 57th minute, RB Leipzig we’re pushing the ball forward; Konrad Laimer retrieved the ball for supplying a backheel pass to the ever-dangerous Christopher Nkunku; the midfielder made a mistake as he proved to be a Difference Maker yet again following through on strike from just inside the Box sliding it into the top corner as RB Leipzig took the 3–0 lead.
Christopher Nkunku runs to the corner flag after scoring as Leipzig runs riot in Dortmund
It would be the 27th Goal of the Season in all competitions while getting his 16th goal in the Bundesliga, putting him on a level with erling haaland as he continues to have the best year of his career. Dortmund looked to the bench to try to Halt the bleeding. Mohamed Daud replaced Axel Witsel, and Donyell Malen would come in to replace Marius wolf. Meanwhile RB Leipzig brought on Lukas klostermann and Emil forsberg with Kevin kampl and mukiele heading to the bench. For the most part, for the remainder of the second half, RB Leipzig just controlled the game, preventing Dortmund from opportunities as they attempted to see the game out. In the 71st minute was, roughly 20 minutes to go, Donyell Malen tried to give Dortmund some sense of inspiration; the defense blocked their strike from inside the box. Shortly after, Dortmund would make two more changes Julian Brandt replacing Marco Reus and Giovanni Reyna coming in as hazard is sacrificed. 2 minutes after the changes were made, Andre Silva got himself in a dangerous position in the 76th minute trying to strike from a complicated angle but unable to convert as his strike was deflected. RB Leipzig would then make two more changes as Marcel Halstenberg replaced Mohammad Simaken and Dominik Szoboszlai came in for Andre Silva. In the 84th minute, Dortmund eventually got one Donyell Malen converts on a header after a scramble in the box to get a goal back. However, in the 86th minute, Christopher Nkunku found Dani Olmo two minutes later as the Spanish International could an absolute rocket into the top corner to give RB Leipzig the fourth goal. In the closing moments, RB Leipzig would give Hugo Nova a bit of a run-out for the last couple of minutes as the youngster is given some game time at the very end. After the final whistle, RB Leipzig goes into Dortmund and dismantles them in front of the yellow wall with a 4–1 victory signal iduna Park was in full capacity for the first time in two years. Still, the only fans going home Happy are the visiting ones. Dortmund’s slim chance are pushing Bayern at the end of the season just went to none.
RB Leipzig has been rejuvenated since they switched their manager. They struggled during the first half of the season and couldn’t get themselves out of it. However, slowly their fortunes started to turn. They have been on a mission over the last several months and are in Sensational form. Entering 2022 they have the best winning format in the Bundesliga. They catapulted themselves from mid-table to Leading the Champions League race. The Champions League picture has been very competitive between RB Leipzig, Friedberg, and Hoffenheim. RB Leipzig has the right mentality and guidance during the last couple of months that has gotten them in this position. They currently lead the Champions League race, and it doesn’t look like they will be abandoning their spot. Nkunku has been arguably the best player in the league this season; outside of Robert Lewandowski, he has been a difference-maker showing his capabilities as a complete player. The style of football that they have played this season has favored their strengths and protected their weaknesses. RB Leipzig went into Dortmund facing the yellow wall and 82,000 in capacity and pulled their pants down in front of Germany. In recent seasons, the signal iduna Park has been a fortress; it is still a challenging place to play, but they have been dealt with multiple times this season and humiliating fashion. With some early opportunities, Dortmund had the right idea and started well in this game. However, mistakes were made, allowing Nkunku and Konrad Laimer to run wild against an unathletic Dortmund defense. They trapped them in the Midfield, occupying bodies in the passing Lane as Dortmund struggled to get anything going. The only way through this structure was hitting it over the top, RB Leipzig, which made things unbearable for Dortmund. They made mistakes, and RB Leipzig was right there to handle it incredible performances between RB Leipzig, two superstars on the night, not to mention the fantastic long strike from Daniel Olmo; it was a miserable performance, and even a fully healthy erling haaland couldn’t do a thing the goalkeeping and defending was at such a high level. Still, in the end, Dortmund was just hopeless. Dortmund has all the talent in the world, but every time the pressure Rises, they collapse; this has been the case for a long time; they needed it to be perfect for giving themselves the slightest chance; they just didn’t have the materials to handle the pressure as they fold in front of their fans this was the first time in two years they were at full capacity the stands in attendance or witnessed to RB Leipzig running through them without difficulty. RB Leipzig would be on the heels of Bayern Munich had they had their current manager from the start of the season and potentially would have kept Marcel Sabitzer; they still need to add some pieces, but if this team can stay together, they could take the throne away from Bayern Munich. RB Leipzig dug a grave in a hugely important game and then pushed Dortmund in it.
Domenico Tedesco: “Winning 4–1 in Dortmund isn’t easy. We played with discipline, won possession a lot and really deserved our win in the end. We defended well from the front and took the momentum out of Dortmund’s game.”