It just wasn't Christopher Nkunku and RB Leipzig's day against UEFA Champions League Group F rivals Shakhtar Donetsk. - © Imago
It just wasn't Christopher Nkunku and RB Leipzig's day against UEFA Champions League Group F rivals Shakhtar Donetsk. - © Imago
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RB Leipzig vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: UEFA Champions League CONFIRMED teams, match stats and LIVE blog!

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RB Leipzig were beaten 4-1 at home by Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening fixture in UEFA Champions League Group F.

As it happened

Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Diallo, Halstenberg - Laimer, Schlager - Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Werner - Silva
Shakhtar: Trubin - Taylor, Bondar, Matvienko, Konoplya - Stepanenko (c) - Bondarenko, Sudakov - Shved, Zubkov, Mudryk

1 - 4

(0 - 1)

Leipzig
FINAL
Shakhtar
Champions League
Matchday 1
Matchday 1 Red Bull Arena
90'
+ 5

NOT A FUN NIGHT FOR LEIPZIG

In what started out as a dominant performance from the hosts ended in a hugely disappointing defeat. That's eight goals conceded in the space of four days with questions to be asked as to what went wrong tonight for Tedesco's team in their opening match of Champions League action for 2022/23.
Full-time
90'

Yellow card

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Neven Djurasek
86'

Substitution

sub
Serhiy Kryvtsov
sub
Taras Stepanenko
85'

A BAD NIGHT GETS WORSE

Mudryk again involved for Shakhtar, this time setting up substitute Traoré to tap in for the Ukrainians' fourth. A dismal return to Champions League action for the hosts.
85'

Lassina Traoré

GOAL!

1 : 4
 Lassina Traoré
82'

Substitution

sub
Amadou Haidara
Amadou Haidara
sub
Konrad Laimer
Konrad Laimer
76'

THREE FOR THE VISITORS

Leipzig pressure, but another goal for the visitors - which seems like it will be the story of the night. Mudryk sneaks away on the break and keeps his composure to slot past Gulacsi. Stunning from the Ukrainian side which has silenced the home crowd. It will be tough for the hosts to salvage something from this now.
76'

Mykhailo Mudryk

GOAL!

1 : 3
Mykhailo Mudryk
70'

Substitution

sub
Emil Forsberg
Emil Forsberg
sub
Timo Werner
Timo Werner
70'

Substitution

sub
Benjamin Henrichs
Benjamin Henrichs
sub
Xaver Schlager
Xaver Schlager
70'

Substitution

sub
Lassina Traoré
sub
Oleksandr Zubkov
70'

TWENTY TO GO

That instant reply has really knocked the stuffing out of Leipzig. All that hard work, yet the visitors lead.
62'

Substitution

sub
Neven Djurasek
sub
Artem Bondarenko
62'

Substitution

sub
Ivan Petriak
sub
Marian Shved
61'

Yellow card

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Mohamed Simakan
Mohamed Simakan
61'

Yellow card

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Mykhailo Mudryk
60'

Yellow card

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Anatoliy Trubin
58'

SIMAKAN LEVELS IT BUT SHVED PUTS SHAKHTAR BACK IN FRONT

First-time pass from Szoboszlai is tucked home by Simakan puts Leipzig back in the game but the visitors reply instantly to go back in front. Shved again on the scoresheet.
58'

Marian Shved

GOAL!

1 : 2
Marian Shved
57'

Mohamed Simakan

GOAL!

1 : 1
Mohamed Simakan
50'

Yellow card

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Yukhym Konoplia
46'

IMPORTANT 45' INCOMING

Can the hosts convert their chances in the second half?
46'

Substitution

sub
David Raum
David Raum
sub
Marcel Halstenberg
Marcel Halstenberg
Half-time
45'

DIFFICULT NIGHT SO FAR FOR THE HOSTS

They've had their chances, but ultimately RB Leipzig will head into the break disappointed with the scoreline. Much to improve on in the second half...
36'

NO WAY THROUGH

Silva, Nkunku and Werner have all been tamed by their Ukrainian counterparts so far despite large periods of superiority from the hosts.
27'

A LONG WAY TO GO

Leipzig had been dominating before that goal and have continued to do so since going behind. There's still plenty of time to make amends.
16'

HOWLER

Completely against the run of play, it's a howler from Gulácsi. He has all the time in the world it seems, but takes too much time and loses control of the ball for Shved to steal and pass it into the empty net from outside the box. A gift.
16'

Marian Shved

GOAL!

0 : 1
Marian Shved
12'

CLOSE!

Nice move from Werner and Silva falls to Nkunku's feet but Trubin makes the save at close range.
5'

NICE START FROM TIMO

First effort from Werner is snatched at but it's a strong start from the hosts.
1'

LET'S GO!

RB Leipzig's UEFA Champions League campaign in 2022/23 is underway!

FEARSOME FOUR

Leipzig will start this game with Nkunku, Olmo, Silva and Werner in attack. A ferocious quartet that Domenico Tedesco has at his disposal tonight against their Ukrainian visitors.

MORE ON THAT LEIPZIG TEAM

With Dani Olmo sidelined, Dominik Szoboszlai comes into the attack alongside Christopher Nkunku, Timo Werner and Andre Silva. Xaver Schlager beefs up the midfield, Marcel Halstenberg gets the nod at left-back and there's a debut for PSG-owned Abdou Diallo.

LEIPZIG STARTING LINE-UP

Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Diallo, Halstenberg - Szoboszlai, Laimer, Schlager, Nkunku - Silva, Werner

LEIPZIG SUBS

Blaswich, Haidara, Forsberg, Raum, Gvardiol, Novoa, Henrichs, Kampl

SHAKHTAR STARTING LINE-UP

Trubin - Taylor, Bondar, Matvienko, Konoplya - Stepanenko (c) - Bondarenko, Sudakov - Shved, Zubkov, Mudryk

SHAKHTAR SUBS

Shevchenko, Pyatov, Traore, Kryvtsov, Sikan, Mykhaylichenko, Kryskiv, Djurasek, Topalov, Ochretko, Kozik, Petriak

SHAKHTAR WARY OF LEIPZIG

"Leipzig are a quality team with some strong players who tend to play fast, direct football," warned Shakhtar midfielder Taras Stepanenko. "They have fast players in attack and we have to be prepared for that. We have played German sides plenty of times in the past and it was difficult every time."

OLMO INJURY 'A HUGE BLOW'

Dani Olmo suffered a knee injury in Leipzig's 4-0 loss to UEFA Europa League holders Eintracht Frankfurt, and is set to be out for at least six weeks. The Spain international joins Lukas Klostermann and Yussuf Poulsen on the sidelines, but new loan signing Abdou Diallo "is an option" to face Shakhtar. "Dani Olmo was in great form and that’s why his injury is such a huge blow," admitted Tedesco in his pre-match press conference. "We do, however, have the squad depth in order to deal with it."
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WATCH: THE WERNER FACTOR

Timo Werner won the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea. He has 15 goals and six assists in 31 appearances in the competition, including seven in 12 during his first stint at Leipzig. The Germany striker is one goal shy of his 100th for the club.

BUNDESLIGA ADVANTAGE

Shakhtar's record against Bundesliga clubs isn't the best. They have lost five, drawn four and won one of 10 games.

TEDESCO'S TAKE

"Shakhtar are the dominant team in Ukraine. You can see that from their performances in the league and they have already picked up seven points from their first three games. Despite some big-name departures in the last few years, they are still a good team. They have superb wide players, they are strong to a man and they are able to cause problems both on the counter and with their wingers. They are also a club with lots of Champions League experience."

ALSO IN GROUP F

Leipzig will need to be at their best to progress to the knockouts, with holders and record winners Real Madrid and Scottish giants Celtic completing the group.

PEDIGREE

Leipzig are unbeaten in their last five European home games, including a draw with Paris Saint-Germain and a win over Man City last season. They've also taken out Atletico Madrid and Manchester United down the years.

WELCOME!

RB Leipzig begin their fifth campaign of UEFA Champions League football at home to Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk. They were semi-finalists in 2019/20 - can Die Roten Bullen put together another famous run?

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After scoring on his returns to Bundesliga and DFB Cup action for Leipzig following his summer arrival from Chelsea, Werner will be eager to do likewise in Europe as Domenico Tedesco's side bid to start on the front foot in the Champions League. Werner, like the rest of his teammates, was off the pace on Saturday as they were swept aside 4-0 by fellow Champions League participants Eintracht Frankfurt. The result leaves Die Roten Bullen in 11th place in the Bundesliga standings with just one victory to show for their efforts (two draws, two defeats), so Tedesco will be demanding a reaction from his charges on home turf - particularly as a trip to reigning champions Real Madrid is up next on their continental calendar. They have to do so without the attacking menace of Dani Olmo though; the Spain international suffered a knee ligament injury against Frankfurt and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month. Dominik Szoboszlai takes his place in the final third alongside Werner, Christopher Nkunku and Andre Silva. Left-back Marcel Halstenberg and midfielder Xaver Schlager also start.

Shakhtar boast some impressive attacking talent of their own, chiefly in the form of left winger Mudryk. The 21-year-old has 10 assists and two goals in 29 appearances for last season's Ukrainian Premier Liga champions, and comes into this game looking to make amends after being sent off in his team's 1-0 victory over Rukh Lviv at the weekend. That result continued Shakhtar's unbeaten start to the domestic campaign with two wins and a draw from their three games so far. And while they have only scored a miserly two goals in that period, Igor Jovicevic's charges have kept three clean sheets. The head coach largely has a full squad to choose from for Tuesday's game, with left-back Viktor Kornienko the only certain absentee.

Watch: Timo Werner - RB Leipzig take II

Match stats

  • Werner won the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea. He has 15 goals and six assists in 31 competition outings.
  • Nkunku was Leipzig's top scorer in the competition last term with seven goals, including a Matchday 1 hat-trick against Manchester City.
  • Tedesco's last foray into the Champions League was in 2018/19 when in charge of Schalke, who were eliminated by Man. City in the round of 16.
  • This will be the first meeting between these teams, but Shakhtar's record against German clubs reads P26, W9, D8, L9.
  • Leipzig are unbeaten in their last five European home games, including a draw with Paris Saint-Germain and a win over Man. City last season.
  • Die Roten Bullen didn't progress beyond the group stage in 2021/22 but did go as far as the semi-finals in 2019/20 in their best Champions League run to date.

CONFIRMED teams

Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Diallo, Halstenberg - Laimer, Schlager - Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Werner - Silva
Subs:
Blaswich, Haidara, Forsberg, Raum, Gvardiol, Novoa, Henrichs, Kampl
Out: Klostermann (ankle), Olmo (knee), Poulsen (thigh)
Coach:
Domenico Tedesco

Shakhtar: Trubin - Taylor, Bondar, Matvienko, Konoplya - Stepanenko (c) - Bondarenko, Sudakov - Shved, Zubkov, Mudryk
Subs: Shevchenko, Pyatov, Traore, Kryvtsov, Sikan, Mykhaylichenko, Kryskiv, Djurasek, Topalov, Ochretko, Kozik, Petriak
Out: Kornienko (knee)
Coach:
Igor Jovicevic