There was no separating Augsburg and RB Leipzig on Friday evening, with the sides sharing the points in a 2-2 draw in the opening fixture of Matchday 23.
Augsburg 2-2 Leipzig
The hosts were undoubtedly aware of Leipzig's reputation as fast starters – with eight goals in the first six minutes of games this season – and so began aggressively themselves, playing high up the pitch and pressing furiously. They were rewarded when Konstantinos Stafylidis' long-range thunderbolt flew into the top corner to give them the lead, but Leipzig soon responded as Timo Werner slotted home after excellent work from Naby Keita.
Ralph Hasenhüttl's men went on the front foot after the interval and edged ahead when centre-back Marvin Compper headed in an Emil Forsberg corner – a league-high tenth assist of the season for the Swede. However, Augsburg levelled matters with a clinical Leipzig-esque counter-attack that culminated in defender Martin Hinteregger finishing from close range. Leipzig brought on Scottish winger Oliver Burke in a move designed to eke out a late winner, but it was Augsburg who went closest to scoring again when Stafylidis hit the post from a tight angle. In the end, though, a draw was a fair result from an entertaining encounter.
Man of the Match
Kevin Danso was outstanding on his Bundesliga debut and did not look out of place against one of the most feared attacks in the league. The teenager made several timely interventions throughout an an extremely composed display.
While Leipzig are now three games without defeat and remain securely in second place in the standings, they will be disappointed not to have kept up the pressure up on leaders Bayern Munich.
- Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz made his 100th Bundesliga appearance in this game.At 18 years, 165 days, Danso became the youngest player ever to appear for Augsburg in the Bundesliga.Leipzig conceded their first goal from distance this season, the last club to do so.
Augsburg: Hitz (c) – Framberger (Teigl 52'), Kacar, Hinteregger, Stafylidis – Danso, Kohr - Koo, Moravek (Altintop 76'), Ji (Leitner 58') – Bobadilla
Coach: Manuel Baum
Leipzig: Gulasci – Schmitz, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg – Keita, Ilsanker, Demme (Burke 83') – Sabitzer, Werner, Forsberg
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Watch: Emil Forsberg shares his thoughts on Leipzig's draw with Augsburg: