Augsburg left it late to earn a valuable point against RB Leipzig, with substitute Daniel Caligiuri scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out Andre Silva's first-half goal for the visitors.
Seeking to inspire his players to a first away win of the campaign, new Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco couldn't have been more impressed by Die Roten Bullen's opening to this Matchday 16 encounter at the WWK Arena. Making his tenth start of the season, Emil Forsberg tricked his way into the Augsburg area before flashing a shot narrowly wide of the far post after just five minutes. The visitors came again soon afterwards, Silva profiting from some fine Christopher Nkunku work on the counter-attack but ultimately taking too long to dispatch his shot at goal. Going into this game having netted in his previous two Leipzig appearances (Bundesliga and Champions League), Silva made amends for that earlier miss and brought his tally up to three goals in three games after controlling Benjamin Henrichs's smart centre and prodding in from close range.
Augsburg stunned Bayern Munich in a recent run of three wins in six games and Markus Weinzierl's men raised their efforts as they looked to match that standard after the restart. Hoping to mark his 60th appearance for the Bavarians with a goal, Reece Oxford rose highest to meet a corner that flew wide of the upright. Michael Gregoritsch then just failed to connect with a Fredrik Jensen cross that would have almost certainly resulted in a goal had the Austrian been a touch sharper. Leipzig briefly threatened at the other end, where Forsberg had a goal ruled out for offside before Nordi Mukiele headed against a post. Yet momentum was now with the hosts who sensed something when Sergio Cordova's looping header hit the bar. Sure enough, Henrichs's handball in the box resulted in a penalty for Die Fuggerstädter, who were celebrating a deserved point after Caligiuri lashed home from the spot.
- Silva's opener brought him up to 45 goals in 73 Bundesliga games, one game fewer than it took legend Gerd Müller to reach the same total.
- Every one of Silva's 45 Bundesliga goals have been scored from inside the box.
- Oxford made his 60th competitive appearance for Augsburg. It's his longest stint of all clubs he has represented as a pro.
- Augsburg have won only one of 11 Bundesliga meetings with Leipzig, and are winless in their last eight (D3, L5).
- Tedesco's won two and drawn two of four meetings with Augsburg to date.
- Leipzig are still to record an away win in this season’s Bundesliga (D4, L4). They also lost their final three away matches of 2020/21.
Watch: Emil Forsberg on Leipzig's progress under Domenico Tedesco
Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Framberger, Gumny, Oxford, Iago - Moravek (Pedersen 46'), Dorsch, Jensen (Cordova 66'), Vargas (Maier 46') - Hahn (c) (Bazee 80'), Gregoritsch (Caligiuri 67')
Unused subs: Koubek, Winther, Günther, Salifou, Sarenren
Out: Finnbogason (thigh), Gouweleeuw (suspended), Gruezo (knee), Niederlechner (foot), Strobl (knee), Zeqiri (knock), Uduokhai (not included)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Simakan (Mukiele 46'), Orban, Gvardiol - Henrichs, Laimer (Adams 46'), Kampl, Angelino, Nkunku, Forsberg (Szoboszlai 64') - Silva (Brobbey 86')
Unused subs: Martinez, Tschauner, Bonnah, Ilaix Moriba, Wosz
Out: Halstenberg (ankle), Novoa (not included), Olmo (muscular), Poulsen (calf), Saracchi (knee), Haidara (ankle), Klostermann (thigh)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
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