RB Leipzig third after taming VfL Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig continued their impressive start to the season, beating VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 on Sunday night thanks to Emil Forsberg’s second-half strike.

VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 RB Leipzig

Goals: 0-1 Forsberg (70')

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Looking to end a run of five games without a win, Wolfsburg put the visitors to under pressure early on, with Julian Draxler stinging the palms of Peter Gulacsi. The hosts’ hard-work was almost undone just past the quarter-hour mark, though, when Timo Werner was brought down in the box by Koen Casteels, but Forsberg failed to hit the target with the resulting spot kick. Clear-cut opportunities remained at a premium for the remainder of the half as both sides went in at the break with the deadlock still intact.

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The second half was similarly tepid until Forsberg made amends for his earlier miss in emphatic fashion, getting free on the edge of the Wolves’ box and lashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner. Oliver Burke came off the bench for the final ten minutes and nearly added gloss to the scoreline, but Casteels raced off his line to deny him when on-on-one, and it ended 1-0.

Talking Point

Leipzig look ready to upset the apple cart already. Promoted as runners up in Bundesliga 2 last term, the eastern upstarts are now unbeaten in seven games - a record start for a Bundesliga newcomer. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team did not play their best football on Sunday, but the ability to win ugly could see them in the upper echelons of the table by the end of the campaign.

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Match Stats

    Leipzig have already won more top-flight matches as the last team from the Saxony city to play in the Bundesliga, VfB Leipzig, managed over the entire course of the 1993/94 campaign.Forsberg’s goal was Leipzig’s first ever Bundesliga goal scored from outside the box.Wolfsburg are without a win in four home matches for the first time under Dieter Hecking and six in total.


Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Bruma, Knoche, Rodriguez - Seguin (Henrique 60'), Gustavo (c) (Mayoral 77') - Vieirinha (Brekalo 63'), Arnold, Draxler – Gomez

Coach: Dieter Hecking

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Bernardo, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg - Ilsanker, Demme - Sabitzer (Kaiser 46'), Forsberg (keita 87') - Werner - Poulsen (Burke 80')

Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl