Freiburg took advantage of RB Leipzig's weakness at set pieces to come from behind and secure their first ever Bundesliga win over Die Roten Bullen.
Freiburg 2-1 Leipzig
Goals: 0-1 Werner (66'), 1-1 Haberer (72'), 2-1 Koch (76'
The game took a while to get going at the Schwarzwald Stadion but Leipzig were celebrating after 20 minutes when Bruma tucked home a rebound from Jean-Kevin Augustin’s effort. The joy was quickly cut short though by the linesman’s flag, correctly adjudging the Frenchman offside. Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow suffered a knock with Augustin during that incident and was soon replaced by Rafal Gikiewicz for his Bundesliga debut. It was half an hour before Leipzig counterpart Peter Gulacsi was finally tested, but it was a tremendous stop from the Hungarian high to his right to deny Lucas Höler a maiden Bundesliga goal following his sweetly struck volley. Christian Günter had a big chance in the closing minutes of the first half after Pascal Stenzel’s cross from the right found its way across the box, but the left-back sliced his effort wide on his weaker right foot.
The visitors had the ball in the back of the net for a second time early in the second half, but again it was chalked off, this time for handball against Kevin Kampl before the Slovakia international fired past Gikiewicz. Third time was the charm for Leipzig though as Timo Werner continued his habit of scoring against Freiburg when he cut across the top of the penalty area before curling home with his left foot past a helpless Gikiewicz. The lead didn’t last long though before Janik Haberer exploited Leipzig’s frailty at set pieces to smash home a half-cleared corner and level the game up. RB were undone once again at a corner just moments later when Robin Koch headed home to give the hosts the lead and a first point over Leipzig in the Bundesliga at the fourth attempt.
- Freiburg are unbeaten in seven Bundesliga games (W4, D3), the longest current run in the top flight. It is the club's longest streak without defeat for almost six years.Freiburg have only conceded seven goals at home, the third-fewest in the league.The Black-Forest side secured their first point against Leipzig in the Bundesliga following their promotion together in 2016.Nine of Freiburg's last 11 goals have come from set pieces; Leipzig have conceded eight of their last ten goals from set pieces.RB have not won away from home in five games (D2, L3), the longest dry spell on the road in their short Bundesliga history.Leipzig striker Werner has scored nine goals in eight games against Freiburg, more than against any other club.
Freiburg: Schwolow (Gikiewicz 25') - Söyüncü, Gulde, Kempf - Stenzel, Günter - Koch, Abrashi - Haberer (Kleindienst 81'), Höler (Stanko 90'+2) - Petersen (C)
Subs: Terrazzino, Kübler, Dräger, Schuster
Absentees: Lienhart (knee ligaments), Höfler (back), Ravet (Achilles), Frantz (knee ligaments), Niederlechner (knee)
Coach: Christian Streich
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Laimer, Orban (C), Upamecano, Bernardo – Demme, Kampl – Sabitzer, Bruma (Konate 88') – Augustin (Poulsen 71'), Werner
Subs: Mvogo, Klostermann, Schmitz, Kaiser, Ilsanker
Absentees: Keita (suspended), Forsberg (stomach muscle), Halstenberg (broken hand)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl