Willi Orban and Jean-Kevin Augustin were on target as RB Leipzig got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
Leipzig 2-0 Stuttgart
Goals: 1-0 Orban (45+1’), 2-0 Augustin (80’)
Stuttgart threatened first, with Erik Thommy racing forward and unleashing a shot which was deflected wide. Leipzig settled into their groove soon after, though, and Werner was inches away from making it 1-0 at the other end after latching onto Nordi Mukiele’s fine low cross, only to see his shot fly past the near post. Mukiele was finding plenty of space up the right-hand side and did well to find Kevin Kampl when at full-pelt midway through the half. The midfielder hit a fine volley towards Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, but it hit a defender and went out for a corner. Leipzig finally – and deservedly – broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, though. Kampl fired another testing attempt towards Zieler’s goal, this time it reached the goalkeeper, who parried, and Orban was left with a tap-in on the follow-up.
Tayfun Korkut rung the changes early in the second half, with Holger Badstuber and Nicolas Gonzalez entering the fray, but the traffic continued to flow in Leipzig’s favour. Werner thought he had doubled the hosts’ tally minutes later, flying up the left wing before cutting inside and firing an unstoppable low shot into the far corner, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Leipzig came close again late on when substitute Augustin found space in the box, but his effort bounced off the woodwork and into Zieler’s hands. The Frenchman’s frustration was short-lived, though, as he rounded off the scoring with a fine sidestep and finish.
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele (Laimer 77’), Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Kampl, Demme, Forsberg (Ilsanker 89’) – Werner (Augustin 74’), Poulsen
Unused subs: Müller, Konate, Bruma, Cunha
Absentees: Klostermann (knee)
Coach: Ralf Rangnick
Stuttgart: Zieler – Maffeo (Badstuber 54’), Pavard, Baumgartl, Sosa – Gentner (c), Ascacibar, Aogo, Thommy (Donis 78’) – Akolo (Gonzalez 54’), Gomez
Unused subs: Grahl, Insua, Castro, Sarpei
Absentees: Kempf (thigh), Meyer (cruciate ligament)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut