Tyler Adams remains a doubt as RB Leipzig look to kickstart their UEFA Champions League campaign at home to Club Brugge on Tuesday (kick-off: 9pm CEST).
As it happened!
FIVE ADDED MINUTES
Into stoppage time we go...
SO CLOSE FROM SILVA!
Silva does brilliantly inside the Brugge box, shielding it from two defenders before twisting to get a shot away. His fierce left-footed drive is well saved by Mignolet though.
The Swede shows his frustration, taking aim with a free-kick from about 40 yards. He strikes the ball well enough but it would take something very special indeed to score from there; Forsberg's strike sails harmlessly over.
FLURRY OF CHANGES
Both teams make two substitutions as we enter the closing 10 minutes. Leipzig bring on Adams and Brobbey as they push for a point, Brugge introduce Vormer and Ricca in a bid to see the result over the line.
The Leipzig attacker goes to ground after Mignolet crashes into him after Nkunku flicked the ball over him. He appeals for a penalty and the referee goes to VAR, but no spot-kick is given.
POULSEN CROWDED OUT
Leipzig get forward well, with Silva and Nkunku showing quick feet to keep things moving before Poulsen is found inside the box. He cuts onto his left foot and tries to get a shot away but there are too many bodies between him and the goal and the ball is cleared to safety.
Lang collects a ball over the Leipzig defence, bears down on Gulacsi and slots the ball into the net, but it won't count as he was offside. Leipzig can breathe a sigh of relief.
A loose ball comes to Forsberg on the edge of the Brugge area and the Swede smacks a first-time shot at goal. Balanta is in the way and blocks - he goes down under the force of the ball and needs some treatment.
Marsch makes another change, this time bringing on Andre Silva up front alongside Poulsen as they look to equalise. Szoboszlai is the player to make way.
GVARDIOL BREAKS RANKS
The Croatian defender charges forward down the left and his run is picked out by Forsberg, Gvardiol crosses into the middle, looking for Nkunku, but a defender's foot just gets there to clear.
OVER FROM NKUNKU
Another nice move from Marsch's men, this time the ball finds its way to Nkunku's feet on the edge of the area. He turns and gets a shot away, but it's well over.
The Hungarian attacker jinks and turns over on the left as he tries to find a way past Clinton. No dice this time, but Szoboszlai is seeking out the one-on-ones more this half.
Leipzig get forward at pace for the first time this half, with Szoboszlai feeding Haidara, who slides an inviting ball forward for Klostermann to chase. He gets to the byline but his cross is blocked for a corner. A promising move from the home side as they quickly pulled their visitors out of shape there.
HERE WE GO AGAIN!
We're under way once more in Leipzig. Marsch has made two changes at the break, with Gvardiol replacing Mukiele at the back and Haidara joining Kampl in central midfield as Laimer makes way.
BIG TASK AHEADLeipzig got off to the perfect start with Nkunku's early opener and they had a couple of promising moves after that. Brugge grew into the game, however, and have been clinical with their two best chances: three efforts on target, two goals. It'll need a big performance from the home side to turn this around in the second half.
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That's a big setback for Leipzig, coming just before half-time too. They're looking a tad sluggish in possession and there's very little width going forward, with Nkunku, Forsberg, Szoboszlai and Poulsen all preferring to play centrally, Brugge are repelling every attack at the moment.
Leipzig are too passive in their defending, allowing the Brugge players too much time and freedom on the ball. Vanaken pops up late at the back post to meet a cross from the right but his shot is blocked into the path of Rits, who finishes from close range.
De Ketelaere nods the ball down into the middle at the back post following a corner, but Orban just gets there ahead of Rits to clear the danger.
BRUGGE IN THE ASCENDANCY
Leipzig had the better start and looked dangerous every time they went forward for the first 20 minutes or so, but they seem to have lost their way a bit since conceding the equaliser. The visitors are putting them under pressure now and look closer to a second goal than Marsch's men.
POULSEN HEADS OVER
Forsberg floats a free-kick from deep into the box and picks out Poulsen. He has a free header about 12 yards out, but gets too much behind it and the ball sails over.
FOUR AT THE BACK
Leipzig are playing with a back four when out of possession, with Klostermann at left-back, Mukiele on the opposite flank and Simaken and Orban in the middle.
De Ketelaere shows a good turn of pace to slink past Simaken on the left. He gets to the byline and cuts the ball back into the middle, where the unmarked Vanaken is arriving to stroke into the net from near the penalty spot. Game on!
GULACSI ALERT AGAIN
Two chances in quick succession for the away side as Sowah appears unmarked at the back post. Gulcsi saves with his leg but the rebound falls to Vanaken, whose acrobatic effort is blocked.
MUKIELE TRIES HIS LUCK
The Leipzig defender collects the ball on the right side of the pitch, cuts inside onto his left foot and smashes an effort at goal from 25 yards. It's well over the bar, but still draws an appreciative applause from the home crowd.
POULSEN ALMOST IN
Brugge are playing a high defensive line - which Leipzig exploited for their goal - and the home side almost take advantage again as Poulsen chases a through-ball, but Mignolet dashes off his line to get a toe on it just ahead of the Leipzig striker.
GULACSI TO THE RESCUE
Brugge beat the offside trap and have their first opening of the game, but the Leipzig goalkeeper makes a good save to deny away captain Vanaken from 10 yards.
SIX IN FOUR
Nkunku has now found the net six times in his last four competitive outings, having also struck twice against Hertha at the weekend. The 23-year-old is in the form of his life!
NKUNKU'S HOT STREAK CONTINUES!
It's a fourth Champions League goal of the season for the Frenchman, who collects Forsberg's pass to run through on goal and slot under the goalkeeper. There's a VAR check, with a suspicion of offside against Forsberg, but the goal is given and Leipzig lead!
AND WE'RE OFF!
The ball's rolling in Leipzig!
With European heavyweights PSG and Man City the other members of this group (and also playing at the same time this evening), both Leipzig and Brugge will view this as an opportunity to pick up points. Will home advantage help Marsch's side in that respect?
Following his sending off against Man. City, Angelino is suspended here. Mukiele starts, either as a wing-back or full-back, but it remains to be seen what Leipzig's game plan is, with no other natural left-footers going forward. Playing with a big target man in Poulsen, that might force their attacks to go down the right flank in order to get deliveries into the box for the Danish striker.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
These teams have never met before, neither in a friendly nor in competitive action.
BRUGGE IN FORM
Anyone expecting this game to be a walk in the park for Leipzig's free-scoring forwards would be well advised to think again. The Belgian's held Messi, Neymar and Co. to a 1-1 draw on Matchday 1 two weeks ago, and although they only drew 1-1 with lowly OH Leuven in the domestic league at the weekend, Brugge remain top of the standings with 18 points from nine league assignments this term.
WATCH: LEIPZIG 6-0 HERTHASpeaking of that win over Hertha, sit back and enjoy another Nkunku show as Die Roten Bullen put six without replay past the Berliners at the weekend.
TEAM NEWS - LEIPZIG
Head coach Jesse Marsch makes three changes to the team that beat Hertha 6-0 at the weekend. Laimer comes into defensive midfield for Haidara, Szoboszlai slots into attacking midfield for the suspended Angelino, and Simakan takes Gvardiol's place in defence. It looks like Marsch is setting his team up with a three-man defence, although Klostermann could switch to left-back in a back four, with Mukiele dropping in at right-back.
LEIPZIG STARTING LINE-UP
Gulacsi (c) - Klostermann, Orban, Simakan - Mukiele, Laimer, Kampl, Szoboszlai - Nkunku, Poulsen, Forsberg
Martinez, Haidara, Adams, Brobbey, Moriba, Gvardiol, Silva, Ramos, Henrichs
BRUGGE STARTING LINE-UP
Mignolet - Mata, Hendry, N'Soki, Sobol - Vanaken (c), Balanta, Rits - Sowah, De Ketelaere, Lang
Lammens, Wesley, Maouassa, Ricca, Vormer, Van Der Brempt, Dost, Mechele, Mbamba-Muanda
HELLO AND WELCOME!
Leipzig come into this game bottom of Group A after the heavy 6-3 defeat away to Manchester City in their opening fixture. Can they bounce back here in what, on paper at least, is their most winnable game of the group stage?
American midfielder Adams was a surprise absentee from Saturday’s squad due to a muscular problem and begins on the bench for this midweek clash as a precaution. Leipzig did pretty well without him, though, as they thrashed Hertha Berlin 6-0 thanks to a star performance from Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman had scored a hat-trick in the opening European defeat at Manchester City, and was at his lethal best again against the Berliners with two goals, an assist and also winning a penalty. Jesse Marsch opted for a change of formation to a back three at the weekend, also starting Yussuf Poulsen up front instead of Andre Silva, and the Portugal international remains among the substitutes here. It begs the question of whether the American coach will choose to stick with that system or revert back to his usually preferred four-man defence. Dominik Szoboszlai returns to the team either way, with fellow playmaker Dani Olmo sidelined.
Brugge conceded a sloppy headed goal from a corner to trail at home to second-bottom OH Leuven on Friday and they needed a late equaliser from Clinton Mata - drilled home left-footed by the right-back - to get a point. Converting chances has been a problem of late for the Belgian champions, and Philippe Clement's side have netted only six times in their last four league matches despite having 32 attempts at goal against Leuven. Goalscoring opportunities should be harder to come by in Leipzig but the visitors have a settled and experienced side at Champions League level - almost progressing from their group along with Borussia Dortmund last term and drawing 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain in this season's opener. Hans Vanaken got their equaliser in that 1-1 draw, and the playmaker is an obvious danger along with fellow Belgium international Charles De Ketelaere and lively Dutch attacker Noa Lang. Striker Bas Dost is also a familiar face to Bundesliga viewers, having even played alongside Silva for 18 months at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Watch: Nkunku’s star showing as Leipzig hit Hertha for six
- Marsch is overseeing his third Champions League campaign as a head coach. Szoboszlai has been involved in every one (two with Salzburg).
- Nkunku's Matchday 1 hat-trick made him the fourth player to score three goals in a Champions League defeat, after the Brazilian Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Irfan Can Kahveci.
- Silva scored four goals in eight Champions League appearances for Porto in 2016/17.
- Leipzig have won their last four European home games and are unbeaten on their own ground since a 2-0 loss to Lyon in the 2019/20 groups.
- Dost scored 48 goals in 121 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg and Frankfurt.
- Brugge lost 3-0 home and away to Dortmund in last season’s group stage, making it 10 games without a win against Bundesliga teams (D3, L7).
Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Klostermann, Orban, Simakan - Mukiele, Laimer, Kampl, Szoboszlai - Nkunku, Poulsen, Forsberg
Subs: Martinez, Haidara, Adams, Brobbey, Moriba, Gvardiol, Silva, Ramos, Henrichs
Out: Angelino (suspended), Halstenberg (ankle), Olmo (thigh), Saracchi (knee)
Coach: Jesse Marsch
Brugge: Mignolet - Mata, Hendry, N'Soki, Sobol - Vanaken (c), Balanta, Rits - Sowah, De Ketelaere, Lang
Subs: Lammens, Wesley, Maouassa, Ricca, Vormer, Van Der Brempt, Dost, Mechele, Mbamba-Muanda
Out: Izquierdo (knee), Vormer (Achilles' tendon)
Coach: Philippe Clement