RB Leipzig boosted their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a thumping win over last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.
Monaco 1-4 RB Leipzig
Goals: 0-1 Jemerson (og. ‘6), 0-2 Werner (9’), 0-3 Werner (pen. 31’), 1-3 Falcao (43’), 1-4 Keita (45’)
The visitors were targeting a first away victory in Europe and they got off to the perfect start when Monaco defender Jemerson sliced a right-wing cross into his own net. Leipzig went two up on nine minutes when Kevin Kampl won the ball on halfway and played through Timo Werner to score. Werner had netted for Germany in a 2-2 draw against France last week and he did more damage to the French champions here by blasting home a penalty when Willi Orban was fouled by Radamel Falcao. Falcao headed home from a free-kick shortly before half-time, but there was still time for Naby Keita to turn through the middle of the home defence to give Leipzig a commanding three-goal lead at the break.
Losing Marcel Sabitzer to injury was one of the few downsides to Leipzig’s first-half display, but in an uneventful second half they were able to withdraw Werner early. Now level on points with second-placed Porto, they will need the in-form 21-year-old when they host group winners Besiktas on the final matchday on 6 December.
Monaco: Subasic - Raggi, Jemerson, Glik, Jorge – Tielemans, Moutinho (Carrillo 83'), Fabinho, Lopes (Ghezzal 66') - Balde (Diakhaby 59'), Falcao (c)
Coach: Leonardo Jardim
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Sabitzer (Demme 35'), Kampl, Keita, Forsberg (Laimer 79') – Poulsen, Werner (Bruma 58')
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
- Emil Forsberg scored Leipzig's maiden Champions League goal in a 1-1 draw at home to Monaco on Matchday 1 this season.
- This was Leipzig's first ever match away to a French team.
- Werner has scored 11 goals in 17 competitive games for Leipzig this season.
- Leipzig have found the net 35 times in 19 outings in all competitions so far in 2017/18.
- Hasenhüttl's charges had lost both of their previous away games in Group G.
- Monaco had a good home record against Bundesliga clubs, winning five, drawing three and losing one before tonight.