Emil Forsberg got RB Leipzig's second goal in a crazy first half against Porto in the UEFA Champions League. - © © imago
Emil Forsberg got RB Leipzig's second goal in a crazy first half against Porto in the UEFA Champions League. - © © imago

Leipzig see off Porto in five-goal thriller to claim first European win

RB Leipzig earned their first-ever win in the UEFA Champions League after outscoring Portuguese league leaders Porto in a wild first half.

RB Leipzig 3-2 Porto

Goals: 1-0 Orban (8'), 1-1 Aboubakar (18'), 2-1 Forsberg (38’), 3-1 Augustin (41’), 3-2 Marcano (44’).

Leipzig came flying out of the blocks and captain Willi Orban broke the deadlock after Porto debutant Jose Sa spilled a long-range shot from Bruma. Vincent Aboubakar scored with the visitors’ first attempt on goal after 18 minutes but Emil Forsberg and Jean Kevin-Augustin netted with cool finishes in their one-on-ones with Sa to turn the game around. A two-goal lead at the break would not have been unwarranted but Porto hit back right before half-time when Marcano hooked home from a corner.

A slow second half was in stark contrast to the frenetic first with both teams presumably having been told to tighten up in defence. Leipzig did get through again just past the hour, however, when Naby Keita played in Bruma. The winger squeezed a shot past the keeper but Marcano got back to clear off the line. The home side would not need another goal though as they moved second in the group at the halfway point.  

Bruma (above) and Jean-Kevin Augustin (below) couldn't hide their smiles when taking a 3-1 lead in the first half.


RB Leipzig: Gulacsi - Klostermann, Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg - Forsberg (Bernardo 90'), Keita, Kampl, Bruma (Werner 75')- Sabitzer, Augustin (Poulsen 76').
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Porto: Jose Sa - Layun, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles - Danilo, Sergio Oliveira (Torres 58'), Herrera (Hernani 81')- Brahimi (Corona 76'), Marega, Aboubakar.
Coach: Sergio Conceicao

Match stats

    Ralph Hasenhüttl's side are making their European debut this season: the win against Porto was their first ever in continental competition.The Easterners have become the 12th club to represent the Bundesliga in the Champions League.Leipzig became the first side to win at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park in 41 Bundesliga games on Saturday, recording a 3-2 triumph.Leipzig's first-ever European home game, on Matchday 1 against Monaco, ended in a 1-1 draw. Forsberg netted for Leipzig, Youri Tielemans grabbed an equaliser for the French champions.Porto won their first seven league fixtures of the season before playing out a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon two weeks ago.Porto won the 2004 Champions League at Schalke's Veltins Arena.Leipzig's Bruma turned out for Galatasaray alongside Porto left-back Alex Telles in the 2014/15 season.

As it happened

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