Bundesliga

Burke on target as Leipzig draw at Köln

Bundesliga newcomers RB Leipzig continued their impressive start to their debut top-flight season with a 1-1 draw away to 1. FC Köln.

1. FC Köln 1-1 RB Leipzig

Goals: 0-1 Burke (5'), 1-1 Osako (25')

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Both teams went into this fixture boasting unbeaten runs in 2016/17 and as such the game was an agreeably open affair, with each side getting forward confidently. The visitors got their noses in front early on when summer signing Oliver Burke netted his first ever Bundesliga goal, but the Billy Goats hit back on 25 minutes when Yuya Osako hit a rasping effort high into the net from a tight angle.

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There were few real goalscoring opportunities in the second period, though it was not for a lack of trying. Leipzig brought on attackers Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen in an effort to push for a winner, and while the game continued to flow from end to end the final ball invariably let the teams down. On balance, however, a draw was a fair result in a game neither side deserved to lose.

Talking Point

Going undefeated after five games of the season is an hugely impressive effort for both teams. Köln's run will face its sternest test yet on Matchday 6, though, when they face FC Bayern München away.

Match Stats

    Burke's goal was the earliest Leipzig have ever scored in the top flight and was the first by a Scottish player in the Bundesliga since VfL Wolfsburg's Brian O'Neil in November 1999.Osako has now scored two goals in as many games; prior to that he failed to find the target for 13 months.Germany international Jonas Hector covered more ground than any other player (11.51 kilometres).A capacity crowd of 49,000 watched the game at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Line-ups

Köln: Horn – Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Rausch (Mladenovic 84') – Risse, Lehmann (c), Hector, Zoller – Osako (Rudnevs 72'), Modeste (Guirassy 85')

Coach: Peter Stöger

Leipzig: Gulacsi – Schmitz (Bernardo 46'), Orban, Compper, Halstenberg – Ilsanker, Keita – Burke (Werner 82'), Kaiser (c), Sabitzer – Selke (Poulsen 63')

Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl