USMNT star Fabian Johnson scored late on to salvage a 1-1 draw for Borussia Mönchengladbach at RB Leipzig, who maintained their unbeaten start to the league season on Matchday 4.
Coming into the game on the back of successive wins over Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV, Leipzig picked up where they left off at the Red Bull Arena with a goal after just six minutes: Yussuf Poulsen’s cross found Timo Werner, who turned expertly inside the area and fired low past Yann Sommer for his third goal in two games. Fabian Johnson nearly restored parity just before the half-hour mark, but the USMNT star’s powerful effort rattled the crossbar.
The visitors improved after the restart, but failed to fashion any clear-cut chances until the 84th minute, when Fabian Johnson skipped past Lukas Klostermann on the edge of the penalty area before sending a curling effort into the far corner of Peter Gulacsi’s net. Leipzig almost snatched a winner right at the death, but Sommer managed to tip Oliver Burke’s shot around the post.
Despite the late equaliser, this was hardly a convincing performance from Andre Schubert’s side, who scored with their only clear-cut goalscoring opportunity of the game. With FC Barcelona visiting the BORUSSIA-PARK in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, the Foals simply have to raise their game - and quickly.
- Werner has already equalled his own goals tally for last season (three).Both teams scored with their first shot on target at the Red Bull Arena.Five of Johnson’s last six goals have come away from home.
Leipzig: Gulasci – Bernardo, Orban, Compper (Papadopoulos 63'), Halstenberg – Ilsanker, Demme – Kaiser (c), Forsberg (Forsberg 57') – Werner (Burke 81') – Poulsen
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Gladbach: Sommer – Johnson, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt - Kramer, Strobl (Elvedi 24') – Hahn, Stindl (Jantschke 90'), Traore (Schulz 84') - Hazard
Coach: Andre Schubert