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Christopher Nkunku had chances, but it wasn't to be for RB Leipzig against UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid. - © Imago
Christopher Nkunku had chances, but it wasn't to be for RB Leipzig against UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid. - © Imago
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Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig: UEFA Champions League CONFIRMED teams, match stats and LIVE blog!

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RB Leipzig and Timo Werner are looking to get off the mark in the UEFA Champions League when they travel to holders Real Madrid, who are without Karim Benzema on Wednesday (kick-off: 9pm CEST).

As it happened

2 - 0

(0 - 0)

Madrid
FINAL
Leipzig
Champions League
Matchday 2
Matchday 2 Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
90'
+ 1

GAME OVER

Leipzig are punished for not taking their first-half chances. They'll take the positives, though. They caused Real serious problems, and clearly have the quality to get out of the group. Celtic are up next after the international break.
90'
+ 1

REAL STRIKE AGAIN

No stopping this one. Kroos clips a free-kick towards the edge of the box. Asensio takes it on first time, and rifles in off the inside of the woodwork. Just a very, very good goal.
90'
+ 1

Marco Asensio

GOAL!

2 : 0
Marco Asensio
89'

TIME ADDED ON

Nkunku has a shot charged down, moments after Szoboszlai had sent a speculative effort comfortably over. Tough lesson for Leipzig, this. You have to take your chances, especially against the big boys. Four additional minutes to play...
85'

Substitution

sub
Mariano Diaz
sub
Rodrigo
85'

Substitution

sub
Dani Ceballos
sub
Vinicius Junior
81'

FRESH LEGS

Werner was superb tonight, but ultimately ran out of steam. Forsberg also makes way as Rose goes for two traditional centre-forwards in Silva and the returning Poulsen. Ex-Leverkusen and Bayern midfielder Kroos is among the Real changes.
81'

Substitution

sub
Ferland Mendy
sub
David Alaba
81'

Substitution

sub
Toni Kroos
sub
Luka Modric
81'

Substitution

sub
Yussuf Poulsen
Yussuf Poulsen
sub
Emil Forsberg
Emil Forsberg
81'

Substitution

sub
André Silva
André Silva
sub
Timo Werner
Timo Werner
80'

LEIPZIG TRAIL!

So harsh on Rose's side. Vinicius skates past Henrichs and cross into the penalty box. Valverde takes once touch, before arrowing in a fine finish.
80'

Federico Valverde

GOAL!

1 : 0
Federico Valverde
75'

FRESH LEGS

Haidara was just booked for a foul on Vinicius, so Rose is taking no changes. Kampl's on in his stead, while Henrichs offers more natural width in place of Simakan.
75'

Substitution

sub
Amadou Haidara
Amadou Haidara
sub
Amadou Haidara
Amadou Haidara
75'

Substitution

sub
Benjamin Henrichs
Benjamin Henrichs
sub
Mohamed Simakan
Mohamed Simakan
73'

NO HARM DONE

Rüdiger gets up at the back post to meet Alaba's cross, but can't keep his header down.
71'

GULACSI!

Asensio and Valverde cut open the Leipzig defence. Vinicius lies in wait, but Gulacsi gets down to make the stop. Crucial intervention!
66'

MAN DOWN!

Haidara needs treatment after colliding with Tchouameni, but appears OK to continue. He's quietly put in a very industrious shift in the Leipzig engine room.
64'

Substitution

sub
Marco Asensio
sub
Eduardo Camavinga
55'

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Carlo Ancelotti is cutting an increasingly animated and frustrated figure on the Real touchline. A Leipzig goal would really force the issue...
50'

WERNER ALERT

Real haven't heeded the warning as Werner scampers away once more. He draws a simple save from Courtois, before the offside flag is raised.
46'

AS YOU WERE

No changes at the break. Can Leipzig continue to get at this Real defence?
Kick-off!
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GOALLESS AT THE BREAK

Leipzig got a bit lucky towards the end of the half, but they might have been a goal or two up by then. Nkunku has spurned two very good chances, while Werner is running the Real defence ragged at times.
41'

MODRIC!

Modric gets the better of Haidara on the edge of the Leipzig area, before pulling a shot narrowly wide. Leipzig cannot afford to give him or any of the Real players that kind of space.
38'

LET-OFF FOR LEIPZIG!

Modric finds Rüdiger in the six-yard box from a corner. He should score, but the ball comes off his shoulder rather than his head and sails off target.
35'

A WHISKER AWAY!

So, so close to the opening goal. Werner's involved again, collecting Forsberg's inside pass. He pings an inviting low ball across the six-yard box, but Nkunku can't get on the end of it. Leipzig have to take one of these!
31'

WERNER!

And here come Leipzig on the counter with Werner. He drifts in off the right, before drawing a routine save out of Courtois with a shot from the right-hand side of the area. This is a world away from the display against Shakhtar!
28'

BIG CHANCE!

Werner has time to pick out the run of Nkunku in the Real box. He's all alone, but Courtois races out to smother. All it needed was a touch from the Frenchman.
26'

WIDE!

Real's best move as Vinicius finds former Bayern man Alaba. He helps it on to Camavinga, who lifts the ball over the crossbar from 18 yards.
21'

TURBO TIMO

Timo Werner runs at the Real defence, before cutting a pass to Forsberg on the edge of the area. He hits it first time, but doesn't test Courtois. Should have at least hit the target!
16'

WARNING SHOT

Modric gets a second bite of the cherry following a corner. He finds Rodrygo, who fashions a chance with a quick turn and shoots wide.
11'

LEIPZIG COME AGAIN

Leipzig get in behind once more as Forsberg and Werner combine to feed Nkunku. He steps away from Nacho, who is able to make a strong recovery challenge in the box.
9'

STRONG START

The Leipzig press is causing Real problems in their own half. Rose will be happy with this - confident stuff.
5'

NKUNKU!

Great chance for Leipzig as Forsberg sends Nkunku in on goal. He's under pressure from Rüdiger, but gets a shot off that Courtois does well to push behind at full stretch.
3'

ELSEWHERE

Shakhtar and Celtic has ended 1-1 - a pretty decent result for Leipzig following their opening loss to the Ukrainians.
1'

UNDER WAY IN MADRID!

The holders are in white, while Leipzig line up in a change strip of black with red flashes.
Kick-off!

WHAT THE HISTORY BOOKS SAY

Real have come up short against the likes of Bayern, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Gladbach down the years. All told, it amounts to a 32.8 percent loss rate against Bundesliga clubs (24 out of 73), compared to 35 wins (47.8 percent).

REIGN IN SPAIN

Leipzig are unbeaten against Spanish opposition. The sample size may be admittedly small – Leipzig were only founded in 2009 after all – but they beat Real’s city neighbours Atletico in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019/20. Die Roten Bullen also won one and drew one against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last season – triumphing 3-1 away from home.
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WATCH: TIMO WERNER - LEIPZIG TAKE II

Timo Werner has four goals and three assists in seven games since returning to Leipzig. He lifted the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea, and even scored against Real on the way to the Blues winning a second European Cup. The Germany international was on target against Los Merengues in the tournament's semi-final second leg back in May 2021.
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ROSE: 'WE'VE GOT AN EXCELLENT TEAM'

"It’ll be a tough game for us and there’ll be difficulties, but we’ve got an excellent team," said Marco Rose, who has Champions League coaching experince from his time in charge of Gladbach and Dortmund. "The tactical side is going to be very important, but our opponents are not going to change the way we play. Real Madrid are used to winning and that’s the way they play. They know they are capable of turning round the score up to the last minute, and that’s a great attribute."

ANCELOTTI WARY OF NKUNKU

Christopher Nkunku scored 20 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances in 2021/22, whilst producing 13 assists to help Leipzig recover from their worst ever start to a top-flight season and finish fourth. He was the first player to reach double digits in both categories, while only 35-goal top scorer Robert Lewandowski had a direct hand in more goals over the course of the campaign (38). "Leipzig have a very dangerous attacking line, Nkunku is a brilliant player - just look at what he did last season," warned Real boss Carlo Ancelotti. Nkunku has picked up where he left off, with six goals and one assist in nine matches already in 2022/23.

LAST TIME OUT

Leipzig lost 3-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 1 - a result which cost Domenico Tedesco his job as head coach. Real beat Celtic by the same scoreline.

A REAL HIGHLIGHT

"I've always wanted to play against Madrid, it's my first season in the Champions League and it's a highlight," said Germany left-back David Raum, who joined Leipzig from Hoffenheim in the summer. "The first game against Shakhtar was a warning for us, it showed how fast things can go wrong. When we have intensity and mentality, the individual qualities of the squad shine through."

MORE ON THOSE TEAMS

Rose makes one change to the team that beat Dortmund 3-0 at the weekend, with Amadou Haidara replacing the injured Konrad Laimer in midfield. Toni Kroos is only among the Real subs, while Nacho starts as captain. Eduardo Camavinga also comes in.

LEIPZIG STARTING LINE-UP

Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Diallo, Raum - Schlager, Haidara - Forsberg Szoboszlai, Werner - Nkunku

LEIPZIG SUBS

Blaswich, Poulsen, Silva, Halstenberg, Gvardiol, Novoa, Henrichs, Kampl

REAL STARTING LINE-UP

Courtois – Carvajal, Rüdiger, Nacho (c), Alaba – Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga – Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius

REAL SUBS

Lunin, Lopez, Vallejo, Hazard, Kroos, Asensio, Odriozola, Ceballos, Mendy, Mariano Diaz

WELCOME!

RB Leipzig face UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid. They've beaten the likes of PSG, Man United and Atletico Madrid down the years - can Die Roten Bullen add Real to their list of European scalps?

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Leipzig were beaten in their opening group game by Shakhtar Donetsk – a result which ultimately cost Domenico Tedesco his job. He was replaced last Thursday by Marco Rose, who had an immediate impact by leading Die Roten Bullen to a 3-0 victory at home to Borussia Dortmund. He paired Werner with 2021/22 Bundesliga Player of the Season Christopher Nkunku, but goals came from all over with Willi Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai and Amadou Haidara on the scoresheet. Haidara in for the injured Konrad Laimer is the only change to Rose's winning XI. Striker Andre Silva is among the substitutes once again.

The 14-time European champions began the defence of their Champions League crown with a 3-0 win at Celtic last week, with all three goals coming in 21 second-half minutes. The Spanish champions have won all seven fixtures so far this season, including 4-1 against Mallorca on Sunday, but had to do so without captain and talisman Benzema after he went off with a muscle strain in Glasgow. Three of the regular back four have Bundesliga pasts in Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rüdiger and David Alaba, while stand-in skipper Toni Kroos also made his way in his native Germany at Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, though starts on the bench. Los Blancos and boss Carlo Ancelotti - a title-winning coach at Bayern - will need to be on the ball with Die Roten Bullen in town if they are to avoid making if four straight years without winning their opening home game of the Champions League group stage.

Watch: Leipzig brushed aside Dortmund on Saturday

Match stats

  • Werner scored against Real in last season’s Champions League quarter-final and won the competition the previous year with Chelsea.
  • Nkunku scored five and assisted one in Leipzig’s three away games in last year’s Champions League. Only Benzema, Sebastien Haller (both eight) and Mohamed Salah (seven) had a hand in more goals away from home over the whole campaign.
  • Silva scored twice in a 3-0 win against Real for Sevilla in September 2018.
  • Leipzig are unbeaten against Spanish clubs, beating Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the 2019/20 single-leg quarter-final and progressing past Real Sociedad in last season’s Europa League (W1, D1).
  • Los Blancos were beaten 2-0 by Wolfsburg the last time they faced a German opponent for the first time.
  • Madrid have won only nine of their last 18 European home games (D3, L6).

CONFIRMED teams

Real: Courtois – Carvajal, Rüdiger, Nacho (c), Alaba – Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga – Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius
Subs:
Lunin, Lopez, Vallejo, Hazard, Kroos, Asensio, Odriozola, Ceballos, Mendy, Mariano Diaz
Out: Benzema (muscular), Militao (hamstring), Odriozola (muscular)
Coach:
Carlo Ancelotti

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