England Under-21 international Ademola Lookman scored on his Bundesliga debut as RB Leipzig edged Borussia Mönchengladbach to claim their first away win since October.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig
Goals: 0-1 Lookman (88')
While Gladbach were looking to extend their five-game unbeaten run at home in the Bundesliga, Leipzig were desperate to end a five-game winless streak on the road, and it was the visitors who made a brighter start at Borussia-Park. Still, the Foals had the first real chance when Thorgan Hazard got in behind Dayot Upamecano, but his attempt was well blocked by Willi Orban. Leipzig reacted almost immediately through Bruma, who controlled brilliantly in the area before unleashing a curling effort that Tobias Sippel had to palm clear. Sippel - in for the injured Yann Sommer - had to be the more vigilant of the two keepers, although both Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner fired off target as the sides went in goalless at the interval.
Leipzig continued to turn the screw early in the second half, with Naby Keita warming Sippel's gloves just 30 seconds in. Patrick Herrmann then had probably the best chance of the game for Gladbach after Hazard picked him out in the area, but Peter Gulacsi made a sensational one-on-one save before Lukas Klostermann cut out Lars Stindl's follow-up. Not wanting to be outdone, Sippel produced an excellent stop of his own to deny Sabitzer, before Werner headed just over the bar. Keita somehow failed to hit the target from five yards out before Sippel kept out another well-struck Sabitzer effort, on a day when it looked like the ball simply wouldn't end up in the back of the net. Lookman had other ideas though - and after replacing Bruma late on, the on-loan Everton forward conjured up an 88th-minute winner for Leipzig, as Ralph Hasenhüttl's side grabbed their first away victory since beating Borussia Dortmund on 14 October.
Man of the Match
For a long time, it looked as though Sippel would pip Gulacsi to man of the match after both goalkeepers made a series of fine saves, but Lookman was ultimately the hero after getting that late winner for Leipzig. The Under-20 world champion scored his first Bundesliga goal with his very first shot in the German top flight.
- Lookman was the first Englishman to score a Bundesliga goal since Owen Hargreaves for Bayern Munich - also against Gladbach - on 5 August 2005. Lookman is also the first Englishman to have played for RB Leipzig. Werner made his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Leipzig, although the Germany international was unable to add to his 31 league goals for the club so far.Leipzig have now won both of their away games with Gladbach in the Bundesliga, though they have drawn their two home games. Gladbach have faced 51 different opponents in the Bundesliga, and Leipzig are the only team they have yet to beat.Hasenhüttl hasn't lost to Mönchengladbach in six games as a coach with Ingolstadt and Leipzig.
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Gladbach: Sippel – Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Jantschke – Zakaria, Kramer – Herrmann (Cuisance 58'), Hazard, Grifo - Stindl (c)
Unused subs: Nicolas, Egbo, Oxford, Drmic, Hofmann, Bobadilla
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Strobl (knee ligaments), Benes (broken foot), Johnson (back), Wendt (thigh), Villalba (hamstring), Sommer (muscle tear), Traore (thigh), Raffael (muscular)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Laimer, Orban (c), Upamecano, Klostermann - Kampl, Demme (Ilsanker 90'+4), Keita, Bruma (Lookman 78') - Sabitzer, Werner
Unused subs: Mvogo, Bernardo, Konate, Poulsen, Augustin
Absentees: Halstenberg (knee), Forsberg (stomach muscle)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl