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We're into two minutes of time added on here in Leipzig.
Churlinov replaces Coulibaly for the final minutes with the Frenchman limping on his right foot.
ALMOST FOR HAIDARA!
A lapse in concentration in the Stuttgart defence allows Sörloth to snatch the ball away and he lays Haidara in on goal, but his attempted lob over Kobel goes straight into the 'keeper's hands.
STILL PUSHING ON
Leipzig aren't just coasting towards victory here, they're pushing on for more in the final 5 minutes or so. Nagelsmann and his side know the title race could come down to goal-difference in the end.
It's been a great battle to watch between Haidara and Endo in midfield, and the Leipzig man - with a goal to his name - has come out on top.
Amadou HaidaraWataru Endo
LEIPZIG IN CONTROL
Stuttgart have shown flashes of countering capabilities in this second half, but Leipzig have snuffed them all out and stayed on top throughout. The away side are without a single shot on goal today so far.
Kluivert is on for Olmo here while Henrichs has been shown a quick yellow card for a foul on Kempf.
Karazor is on for Castro while there's a first-team debut for 17-year-old Dutchman Sankoh, who replaces Kalajdzic up front.
Henrichs comes on for Adams for the final 20 minutes or so.
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NO MISTAKES FROM FORSBERG
The substitute steps up and slots home the penalty just a minute or two after coming on. He sends Kobel the wrong way, firing home to the right to double Leipzig's lead.
Forsberg is brought down on the run by Mavropanos and Leipzig have a spot-kick.
Mukiele is on for Klostermann in the Leipzig defence while Forsberg replaces Nkunku in midfield.
KOBEL DENIES A DOUBLE CHANCE!
Incredible stuff from both sides here and somehow it's still just 1-0. Sörloth heads the ball down for Angelino to smash at goal on the half-volley but Kobel is across to deny him with an incredible save, but Olmo is onto the rebound and must score. But Kobel is up again and makes a simply world-class save to keep the second chance out.
The hosts picking up where they left off at the start of this second half.
Leipzig break through again with Haidara sliding Sörloth into the area down the left but he takes his time to get his shot away and in the end, Kobel's save sends the ball back onto Sörloth, and the ball runs out of play.
THE PERFECT START!
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HUGE CHANCE FOR HAIDARA!
Leipzig in full flow here as Haidara dribbles his way into the area superbly before exchanging passes with Adams to go in one-on-one, but his shot from close range is saved by Kobel. He could've laid it across for a simple finish for Sörloth, but the chance goes begging.
QUICK OUT THE BLOCKS
Leipzig have a skip in their step now at the start of this second half and they're making life very difficult for Stuttgart. High pressing to win the ball back and fluid movement in midfield to push forward.
Being a man down and now a goal down, Stuttgart will have to come out of their defensive shape a bit more in this second half if they want to take something from this game.
WHAT A START!
Less than 20 seconds into the second half and Leipzig are in front through Haidara, and it's a special goal. He scored a scorcher from range against Cologne and makes it two in two with a fantastic header this time. It's Olmo who curls a cross into the middle, and the midfielder rises high to head home past Kobel into the top corner.
A half-time change for Leipzig as Upamecano replaces Konate in the defence.
Just a single minute of time added on at the end of this first half.
Olmo does well to find space in the Stuttgart area wide to the left, and he then finds his compatriot Angelino with a lovely backheel, but the wing-back's shot is high over the crossbar from close range.
Leipzig are making the most of their one-man advantage, but haven't found an opening goal so far.
ACTION AT ONE END
KONATE HEADS WIDE
Another chance for the centre-back who is on the end of Adams's cross into the middle, but sends his header well wide of goal.
HUGE CHANCE FOR NKUNKU!
That's the closest we've come to a goal so far as a floated cross into the middle from Olmo is headed down into the middle by a Stuttgart defender. It falls to Nkunku who touches before firing a left-footed volley at goal, but Kobel matches his effort with an outstanding one-handed save to push the ball wide.
BIG CHALLENGE FROM KEMPF
Sörloth is running into the Stuttgart area onto Olmo's pass, and he plays it inside to Adams. He looks certain to at least force Kobel into work from close range but Kempf is tracking back and makes a superb challenge to deny him that opportunity.
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KONATE ON TARGET
Angelino's early whipped cross floats into the Stuttgart area, but Konate's header is a tame one and simple for Kobel to grab. No clear-cut chances so far for the hosts.
Leipzig won't find it easy to break through the Stuttgart defence, or keep them from wanting to get on the ball themselves. But so far, they're on top.
A first Leipzig player to be booked here as Konate is shown a yellow card.
ALL LEIPZIG NOW
As expected, the home side have really taken control of the ball now with a one-man advantage. Stuttgart are being penned in their own half as the hosts look to find holes in their defence.
AHAMADA'S RED MOMENT
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NKUNKU ON TARGET!
The Frenchman forces the first save for either keep as he's layed in on goal by Adams to shoot at the near post. It's a strong effort with his left, but Kobel gets a strong hand to it.
AHAMADA SENT OFF!
The 19-year-old Frenchman has been sent off, that's his first senior dismissal and Stuttgart's job gets a lot harder here. A high foot over the ball on Haidara, and Deniz Aytekin gives him his marching orders after taking a lot on the sidelines.
SituationNo red card
CONFIDENCE ON THE BALL
If only one thing is for certain in this game, it is that both sides are happy to have the ball across the pitch. Both Leipzig and Stuttgart play out from the back and have real confidence in keeping possession in tight areas. We're seeing that already.
KAMPL CURLS WIDE
A first effort on goal at either end as Leipzig work the ball around the Stuttgart area with Adams flicking a pass to Kampl 25 yards from goal. He curls his shot wide across Kobel and the Stuttgart goal.
Both sides have had good possession so far, with Kalajdzic close to getting on the end of a cross from Massimo down the right. Leipzig looking composed as ever in defence, and looking to take control of the ball in this game.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Leipzig with the sun shining on the hosts and Stuttgart for what should be a fun encounter.
OLD FRIENDS MEET AGAIN
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THE KEY MEN FOR VfB
Nine of Kalajdzic’s 14 league goals have come in his last 12 outings and he has been on the scoresheet in three of his previous five away matches. While no player in the league has won more challenges this season than Wataru Endo (428), who has 29 more successful challenges than his nearest rival.
Stuttgart have managed just one win from their last five on their travels (W1, D1, L3) and lost the last two away from home.
LEIPZIG TEAM NEWS
With a DFB Cup semi-final on the horizon, Nagelsmann opts to rest a few regulars, or at least not take any risks on the convalescent Poulsen, who has been carrying a thigh strain, and Sabitzer, who missed the Cologne game due to a calf complaint. Sörloth leads the attack with Kampl in midfield ahead of Sabitzer on the bench. Meanwhile, Angelino is back in the starting XI after being given his rest in midweek as he continues his return from injury. Konate starts ahead of Upamecano in the back three.
STUTTGART TEAM NEWS
Kalajdzic's goals have been one of the reasons why Matarazzo's men are looking comfortable at the end of this season and the tallest player in the squad will be the target for their attacks again today, although he will once again have to do without the creativity of winger Silas, who is still ruled out with a knee injury, as is the enterprising full-back Sosa. With Mavropanos back from suspension, the back three is back to full strength, meanwhile.
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LEIPZIG STARTING XI!
Gulacsi (c) - Orban, Konate, Klostermann - Adams, Kampl, Haidara, Angelino - Olmo, Nkunku - Sörloth
Martinez, Upamecano, Sabitzer, Forsberg, Kluivert, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Laimer, Henrichs
STUTTGART STARTING XI!
Kobel - Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf - Coulibaly, Endo, Ahamada, Massimo - Förster, Castro (c) - Kalajdzic
Bredlow, Thommy, Stenzel, Karazor, Churlinov, Klement, Cisse, Klimowicz, Sankoh
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Die Schwaben look set to finish comfortably in mid-table in their first season back in the Bundesliga. Matarazzo's side have, however, hit a rough spot with three straight defeats to Dortmund, Union and Wolfsburg. Stuttgart will be hoping to end the campaign on a more positive note while - with a now 11-point margin to Leverkusen in sixth - a late push for Europe is off the cards.
Since defeat to Bayern on Matchday 27, Leipzig have won only one of their last three in the Bundesliga as they have stalled in their push for a first ever Bundesliga title. A 4-1 defeat of Werder Bremen has been followed by 0-0 draw with Hoffenheim and a 2-1 loss to Cologne. Nagelsmann's side have not gone three games without victory all season.
LEIPZIG'S HOME RUT
Leipzig are currently three games without a victory on home soil (D2, L1), which is their longest dry spell at the Red Bull Arena all season.
LEIPZIG'S TITLE TASK
With the gap still at 10 points, Leipzig need at least a draw at home to Stuttgart to take the race further following Bayern's shock defeat to Mainz yesterday. Win and the difference is seven points with three games remaining. Draw and it's nine points. In both scenarios, Leipzig are reliant on Bayern not winning again if they are to win the first trophy in their history (they are also in the DFB Cup semi-finals this season).
Here you will find the most important information on the game between RB Leipzig and VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 31 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.