Timo Werner scored for a seventh successive match in all competitions as RB Leipzig went into the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds as Group G winners after earning a 2-2 draw away to Lyon on Tuesday.
Lyon 2-2 RB Leipzig
Goals: 0-1 Forsberg (pen. 9'), 0-2 Werner (pen. 33'), 1-2 Aouar (51'), 2-2 Memphis (82')
As satisfying as such an outcome is, Julian Nagelsmann's side will no doubt be frustrated at the manner of the result, having raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half, only to be pegged back after the break. Leipzig started strongly in France and deservedly took the lead from the penalty spot through Emil Forsberg, after Yussuf Poulsen had been brought down by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. The visitors continued to enjoy more possession and the better chances and doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark, when Werner converted from the spot this time following a foul on Christopher Nkunku.
Leipzig did not have things all their own way, though, and a Moussa Dembele effort off the crossbar on the stroke of half-time served as a sign of the threat to come. Lyon, needing at least a draw to go through, increased the pressure after the interval and pulled a goal back through Houssem Aouar in the 51st minute. They got the equaliser they had been seeking in the closing stages when Memphis Depay prodded in from close range, but Konrad Laimer could have broken the home team's hearts in the closing stages, only to see his close-range effort blocked at point-blank range. It mattered little in the grand scheme of things though, as Leipzig had already done enough to earn their place at the top of the Group G pile.
- Leipzig topped their Champions League group for the first time ever, in the process reaching the knockout stage for the first time.
- Werner has now had a hand in 28 goals in just 23 games in all competitions for Leipzig this season.
- UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists last season, Die Roten Bullen played just their 30th European match here.
- Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and Lyon winger Jeff Reine-Adelaide won the 2015 UEFA European U17 Championship together with France.
- Leipzig had 52 per cent possession and completed more of their passes (78 per cent) than their hosts (72 per cent).
- The visitors collectively covered 73.01 miles over the 90 minutes, compared to Lyon's 71.14 miles.
Lyon: Lopes - Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Rafael (Marcal 73') - Mendes, Tousart (Reine-Adelaide 64') - Terrier (Marcelo 87'), Depay (c), Aouar - Dembele
Unused subs: Tatarusanu, Traore, Caqueret, Cornet
Out: Dubois (knee), Kone (ankle)
Coach: Rudi Garcia
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Klostermann, Mukiele, Upamecano (Ampadu 55'), Saracchi - Haidara, Demme (c) - Forsberg, Nkunku (Laimer 75') - Werner (Cunha 55'), Poulsen
Unused subs: Mvogo, Sabitzer, Schick, Halstenberg
Out: Ilsanker (ineligible), Kampl (ankle), Konate (hip), Orban (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
As it happened!
The last few minutes slip away uneventfully and a huge roar goes up from the home crowd for fighting back to book their place in the next round. It's not the win Leipzig were after, but the guests can be quietly satisfied with the result - if not the performance in letting their lead slip - as they win Group G.
90+1' STOPPAGE TIME
We're into the first of four minutes of added time.
89' LYON EASING OFF
Having now equalised, and with Benfica 3-0 up against Zenit, this result suits the hosts as they'll go through in second place behind Leipzig. As such, they're no longer pushing forward at all costs, but are happy to see the draw through to the final whistle.
86' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN?!
Cunha looks certain to score but is crowded out inside the six-yard box by a combination of Lopes and a couple of defenders. The ball squeezes back to Laimer, who takes a touch away from the crowd and must surely restore Leipzig's lead... but Marcal gets a toe on it to deflect the ball out for a corner. Laimer holds his head in disbelief!
82' GOAL! LYON EQUALISE!
Just moments after Gulacsi pulled off a brilliant save to deny Memphis one-on-one, the Lyon talisman gets his name on the scoresheet. He out-muscles Ampadu to a long ball at the back post before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner. It's a potentially huge goal, as it lifts Lyon into second place.
80' LOPES WITH A GOOD STOP
Haidara dribbles forward in midfield and drives across the edge of the penalty area from the right. He lays the ball off to Forsberg, whose curling, first-time shot looks destined for the far post, but Lopes dives to his right to save.
76' LAST SUB FROM LEIPZIG
The visitors are going a bit more defensive now as Konrad Laimer comes on for Nkunku.
75' BIG SAVE FROM GULACSI!
Memphis's free-kick is cheekily taken towards the near post. Aouar gets a foot on it and redirects the ball, but Gulacsi reacts brilliantly to save with his feet.
72' OFFSIDE FROM DEMBELE
Lyon are still pushing hard for an equaliser and look dangerous here. Memphis doesn't quite catch an attempted overhead kick correctly, but it falls at the feet of Dembele, who's inside the six-yard box. He gets a shot away quickly but fires wide - and it wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag is raised for offside.
68' SUPERB FROM NKUNKU
The Leipzig attacker strides forward down the right, evades a couple of challenges and drifts inside. He bides his time before casually playing a defence-splitting pass into Poulsen, who's just inside the penalty area. The Danish forward gets his angles all wrong though, and drags his first-time shot well wide of the far post.
65' OFF THE LINE FROM RAFAEL!
Lovely play from Saracchi to get in behind the Lyon defence and he pulls the ball back from the byline to Demme, whose first-time shot looks to be going in - until Rafael slides in and makes a huge block!
64' DEMBELE CENTIMETRES AWAY
The Lyon forward lunges full stretch at a cross from the right that fizzes across the six-yard box. If he gets a touch it's a goal, but it's just to strong for him and the ball goes out of play. He holds his head in anguish - that was really close.
60' JUST OVER FROM FORSBERG
A driving run forward from Forsberg and he gets about 25 yards out before taking a shot. He catches it well, but it curls just wide of the far post.
56' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR LEIPZIG
Visiting boss Nagelsmann has reacted to Lyon's improved performance this half by making two changes, with Matheus Cunha coming on for Werner up front, while Ethan Ampadu has taken Upamecano's place in defence.
54' PRESSURE FROM LYON
With Benfica beating Zenit in the other group game being played simultaneously, the hosts are currently one of three sides on seven points. However, an inferior head-to-head record means they're bottom of the section, so will be pushing ever harder for an equaliser now.
51' GOAL! DELIGHTFUL CHIP FROM AOUAR
Lyon's strong start to the half is rewarded as Leipzig lose the ball in midfield and it's quickly sprayed out to the left to Aouar. He cuts inside onto his stronger right foot and lifts a delicate chip over Gulacsi and into the far corner. Game on!
48' MENDES FIRES WIDE
Lyon with the first sight of goal this half as Mendes is allowed to line up a shot from just outside the Leipzig area. He catches his left-footed effort well, but it deflects off a teammate and goes out for a goal kick.
46' SECOND HALF!
Hosts Lyon get the ball rolling once more.
Leipzig have been good value for their lead, clinically scoring twice from the penalty spot, but Lyon are by no mean out of this and have looked dangerous on the break.
45+2' DEMBELE HITS THE CROSSBAR!
Leipzig can't deal with a Lyon attack and Dembele is first to a loose ball around the penalty spot. There's only Gulacsi to beat, but Dembele smashes his shot off the crossbar, before the rebound goes wide. That's a big let-off for the visitors.
43' WERNER ON FIRE
The striker's penalty means he has now scored 12 goals in his last seven games in all competitions, and has 20 in 22 appearances this term.
40' SOLID FROM GULACSI
Memphis bends in a free-kick from the left and Aouar is first to it, getting a slight touch on the ball to direct it goalwards. It's coming at pace, but Gulacsi reads it all the way and makes a good save.
38' NOT QUITE FORM MUKIELE
Nkunku delivers a devilish corner into the six-yard box. Mukiele is charging in at pace and looks like he's going to glance a header into the net, but he just can't quite get there in time and the ball trickles harmlessly away in the end.
33' GOAL! WERNER DOUBLES THE LEAD!
Werner side-foots his effort down the middle of the goal. Lopes, who's already dived to his left, gets a hand to it, but not enough to keep the ball out and now Nagelsmann's side have a two-goal cushion.
32' ANOTHER PENALTY FOR LEIPZIG!
Nkunku is crunched down in the box by Tousart. Pretty clear decision there.
31' GULACSI ALERT
Lovely footwork from Aouar on the left, before cutting inside and floating a teasing ball over the Leipzig defence for Memphis to run on to. He's a whisker away from getting a toe on it, but Gulacsi's positioning is excellent and he catches the ball to snuff out the danger.
27' HUGE CHANCE FOR WERNER!
Denayer loses possession cheaply in midfield and Poulsen wastes no time in playing through Werer. He's clean through on goal... but his second touch lets him down, showing too much of the ball to Lopes, who closes down the angle well and Werner ends up poking the ball well wide. A goal wouldn't have counted anyway, it turns out, as Werner is subsequently flagged for offside.
26' GOOD FROM WERNER
The Leipzig forward outpaces Denayer to a ball down the right and then jinks past him again to create a bit of space to cross. He pulls back low, inviting ball into the middle, but a defender is first to it and hoofs the ball away.
22' POULSEN ALMOST IN
Terrific, tireless pressing from Poulsen, who harries Andersen into making a sloppy pass back to his goalkeeper. The big Dane chases it down but Lopes beats him to the ball by a fraction of a second and Lyon breathe a sigh of relief.
18' GOOD RUN FROM TERRIER
Terrier, ahem, tears away down the right flank, chasing down a pass inside Saracchi. He's got the pace to beat the Leipzig defender and could be in... but Gulacsi is alive to the danger and dashes out to boot the ball clear.
15' LYON UNFAZED
The hosts may be behind but they don't look shocked or stunned by any means. They've simply carried on playing as before and are getting in Leipzig's faces up front with some aggressive challenges.
11' MISUNDERSTANDING UP FRONT
Werner leads a counter for Leipzig and plays a pass to Forsberg, who doesn't go for the ball as he's coming back from an offside position. Haiarda had made a decent diagonal run, but Werner didn't see him it seems.
9' GOAL! FORSBERG PUTS LEIPZIG AHEAD
Emil Forsberg saunters up to the penalty spot, cool as you like, and strokes the ball home, sending Lopes the wrong way.
8' PENALTY TO LEIPZIG!
Poulsen goes down in the box under a challenge from goalkeeper Lopes, who protests his innocence. The referee initially awards a corner to Leipzig, but reverses his decision and gives a spot-kick after consulting VAR.
6' HAIDARA CHARGED DOWN
Poulsen does brilliantly to hold off a challenge and feed the ball into Haidara's feet. He shapes to shoot from the edge of the box but it's blocked by Denayer.
4' HALF-CHANCE FOR WERNER
Demme plays a brilliant pass over the defence into the path of Nkunku down the right. He's in space and picks out a low cross into the middle for Werner. He could perhaps take a shot first time, but instead opts to take a touch to control it, allowing a defender to nip in an block.
3' EARLY BOOKING FOR UPAMECANO
The Leipzig defender gets a yellow card for a robust challenge on Aouar. The hosts are awarded a free-kick in a promising position, but Gulacsi comes off his line to collect the ball into his box without any trouble.
Leipzig get the ball rolling!
The teams are lined up in the tunnel and about to take to the pitch. Stay tuned, we're almost there!
HOW THINGS STAND IN GROUP G
Leipzig - 10 points
Zenit - 7 points
Lyon - 7 points
Benfica - 4 points
The teams' meeting in the reverse fixture in early October (which Lyon won 2-0) was the first time they had ever played each other.
NAGELSMANN: "WE WON'T TAKE IT EASY"
Leipzig boss Nagelsmann insists his side will be going all out for victory, "We haven't beaten Lyon yet and we want to earn our place in the next stage by beating every opponent in our group," he said at his pre-match press conference. "We won't be taking it easy. The game has great significance for RB Leipzig and for the Bundesliga as a whole."
A POINT WILL DO
A draw here would be enough for Leipzig, currently top of Group G, to win the section, but given that they are the best away team in the Bundesliga this season (W5, D1, L1) and have won both trips on the road in the Champions League, you wouldn't want to bet against them taking all three points here.
Nagelsmann has made a couple of changes to the side that beat Hoffenheim at the weekend. Germany international Marcel Halstenberg is rested, so Marcelo Saracchi is given a run-out at left-back, while Amadou Haidara comes into midfield for Marcel Sabitzer.
HELLO AND WELCOME
This should, in theory, be a relatively laid-back night for Leipzig, as they already have their ticket to the next round. However, Lyon need a win to join them there, as they are currently level on points with Zenit, so Julian Nagelsmann's side will need to be on their guard here.