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Full-time: RB Leipzig 2-0 Union Berlin

It's a comfortable win and clean sheet for Leipzig, who showed great attacking quality at times - with Openda and Šeško getting the goals.
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Xavi shot tipped onto the bar!

Wow, that would have crowned the win! Xavi glides forward majestically, and his shot is tipped onto the crossbar by Alexander Schwolow.

Five minutes of stoppage time indicated

Leipzig will surely be able to celebrate their first win of 2024 soon.

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
David Raum
David Raum33.25km/h

Leipzig continue to attack

The hosts are still pressing forward with El Chadaille Bitshiabu putting a decent cross in that was cleared.

Two late changes for Leipzig

18-year-old El Chadaille Bitshiabu makes his debut, and Nicolas Seiwald also comes on for the final few minutes.

Gosens almost in

Can the ten men of Union still threaten? They almost did there, with a long free-kick floated behind the defence and Robin Gosens getting to the ball but unable to control it.

Serene hosts

Leipzig are pinging passes around and around. Union Berlin have little hope of a miracle comeback and appear content to sit back and prevent the hosts finding a third.

Two changes for Leipzig

New signing Elijf Elmas and veteran Yussuf Poulsen have a chance to impress.

Hollerbach has been Union's chief goal threat

He is taken off for the final 15 though.
Xavi Simons Benedict Hollerbach

Trimmel sent off

The Union Berlin captain dives in and connects with David Raum's ankle - it's a straight red.

Orban off

The experienced Leipzig defender made his first start in five months today after a long injury break, and receives a rousing ovation as he leaves the pitch.

Volland ventures forward

Union Berlin put a promising break together, with Benedict Hollerbach finding Kevin Volland, but Leipzig clear the danger.

Xavi goes down in the box

No penalty is awarded, however.

Šeško and the set-piece kings

Benjamin Šeško's goal was the 14th Leipzig have scored from a set piece this season, more than any other Bundesliga side.

Corner for Union Berlin

The bustling Benedict Hollerbach wins the corner by having a shot deflected behind. Christopher Trimmel's corner is headed out to Hollerbach on the edge of the box, and he fires over.

Triple change for Union Berlin

The visitors have to react with the game in danger of running away from them - can a trio of substitutes inspire them back into this, somehow?

Šeško goal disallowed

Xavi weaves some of his magic in the box before winning a corner. Dani Olmo plays a sensational cross that Benjamin Šeško heads in, but the goal is disallowed after a VAR check for offside.
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
DecisionNo goal

Almost a third from Olmo

Leipzig slice Union open on the break and the ball falls to Dani Olmo on the right, who rifles a drive that Alexander Schwolow tips behind.

Šeško heads in a second!

Benjamin Šeško stoops to meet a crossed free-kick from David Raum and smashes the ball past Alexander Schwolow at his near post.

Benjamin Šeško


Benjamin Šeško
34 %
7.74 m

Tousart booked

The Frenchman trips Xavi and concedes a free-kick right on the edge of the box.

We're back

The second half starts.

'Never again is now!'

Under this slogan, German professional football is commemorating the victims of National Socialism on and around 27 January, the date of liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. This is the 20th year in which the DFL and the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs have been involved in the “day of commemoration in German football” in cooperation with the “!Nie Wieder” (“!Never Again”) initiative. In light of current events, the day of commemoration around Matchdays 19 and 20 (26–28 January and 2–4 February) will focus on the topic of antisemitism.

Half-time: Leipzig 1-0 Union Berlin

Loïs Openda has given Leipzig the lead, and the hosts have been closest to the next goal despite Union Berlin having some promising moments.
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Great chance for Šeško!

Dani Olmo dinks a cross in from the right that almost finds Benjamin Šeško right in front of goal but is turned behind. The resulting corner reaches the Slovenian who heads it down to the bottom corner and Alexander Schwolow has to scramble across to save.

Four additional minutes indicated

It's almost time for a breather.

Xavi saved

The young Dutch playmaker curls an effort on goal from just inside the box, but Alexander Schwolow saves.

In control, but game remains on edge

Marco Rose will be happy his side took an early lead, but they have created few chances for a second despite their stranglehold of possession. Union Berlin have pushed forward when they can and have seen the occasional bright moment.

Battle-hardy Xavi

The talented playmaker has got stuck in after missing Leipzig's trip to Stuttgart with a suspension.
Xavi Simons András Schäfer

Orban blocks Hollerbach

More signs of life from Union Berlin, as Benedict Hollerbach chases down on the Leipzig goal only for Willi Orban to slide in and block his shot.

Vertessen header held

Yorbe Vertessen has a chance on his debut, but the Belgian strike signing's header is saved by Péter Gulácsi. Union Berlin are not out of this by any means, despite Leipzig's dominant start.

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.

Protest delays play

The game is held up for a short while due to items being thrown onto the pitch in protest. After a minute or so, we can continue.

Three in a row for Openda

Loïs Openda has scored in three consecutive Bundesliga matches for the first time. Only Harry Kane and Serhou Guirassy have more than his 14 goals this campaign.

Dominant hosts

Leipzig look keen to make a point after losing all three matches in 2024 so far.

Gulácsi makes sure of it

Péter Gulácsi punches the ball behind from a looping Benedict Hollerbach cross. The Union attacker is shown a yellow card shortly afterwards for fouling Xavi - becoming the second man in the referee's notebook after Kevin Kampl was booked for complaining.

Openda denied a second

Dani Olmo threads the ball through to Loïs Openda, who aims in the bottom corner and forces Alexander Schwolow to dive across and complete a stunning save.

Leipzig in front after battling start

The hosts have dominated the ball and taken the lead despite a determined start from Union. Loïs Openda has now opened the scoring five times so far this season.

Openda opens the scoring!

Leipzig have an early lead! A free-kick is delivered into the box and Benjamin Henrichs scuffs a shot towards the far post that Loïs Openda is able to meet for his 14th goal of the season.

Loïs Openda


Loïs Openda
29 %
6.26 m

Free-kick to Leipzig just outside the area

Dani Olmo is brought to the ground and the hosts have a set piece in a promising position. David Raum takes it but smashes straight into the wall.

Raum tests Schwolow

Alexander Schwolow is making his first appearance for Union Berlin in goal today. He has to reach out to stop a David Raum cross drilled across his goalmouth, and the former Schalke stopper punches well clear.

Gosens has a go

The visitors venture forward in the opening seconds, and Robin Gosens fires the first shot of the game, but he doesn't get enough power on his effort from the edge of the box to trouble Péter Gulácsi.

Off we go

The match gets underway under the Leipzig rain.

Kick-off approaching

The rain is lashing down in Leipzig as we prepare for action. With the two sides neighbouring them in the table (Dortmund and Frankfurt) both dropping points this weekend, Leipzig have a chance to make progress with a home win today and move within a point of the top four.

Union Berlin players check out the pitch

A win here would be a massive boost to their Bundesliga survival hopes...

Gulácsi is back

Perhaps the most noteworthy item in the Leipzig line-up is the return of club captain Péter Gulácsi (pictured right) in goal as he sees his first Bundesliga action since October 2022 - having suffered a long ligament injury break. Playmaker Xavi is also back in following suspension.

More on that Leipzig team

Marco Rose makes five changes to the Leizpig team that was well beaten in Stuttgart last weekend with Gulacsi, Henrichs, Orban, Kampl and Simons brought in for Simakan (suspended), Blaswich, Lukeba, Baumgartner and Seiwald (all on the bench).

More on that Union Berlin team

Four changes are made by Nenad Bjelica to the side that beat Darmstadt 1-0 last Sunday. Schwolow, Doekhi, Haberer and new signing Vertessen are in for Rönnow, Leite and Kral (all out of the squad) and Behrens (who has moved to Wolfsburg).

Leipzig starting XI

Gulácsi - Henrichs, Klostermann, Orban (c), Raum - Xavi, Schlager, Kampl, Olmo - Šeško, Openda

Leipzig subs

Blaswich, Lenz, Bitshiabu, Elmas, Poulsen, Seiwald, Baumgartner, Castello, Jatta

Union Berlin starting XI

Schwolow- Knoche, Vogt, Doekhi - Tousart - Trimmel (c), Haberer, Schäfer, Gosens - Vertessen, Hollerbach

Union Berlin subs

Busk, Jaeckel, Ogbemudia, Aaronson, Khedira, Laïdouni, Kaufmann, Volland, Bedia

Rose's view on Union

"I've watched Union’s last game. It reminded me of the early days under Urs Fischer. They're incredibly solid and have a desire to work off the ball. They play in a 3-5-2 system. Even Bayern took a long time to score against them last week, and Bayern also needed to withstand one or two dangerous situations at the back. It'll be a difficult game, which will be decided by the fine margins."

Eta's view on Leipig

"Leipzig are a very strong team, with real individual quality. A lot's been written, with talk of a 'crisis', because they've lost three in a row, but they have the quality to bounce straight back. They play with high intensity, but perhaps we can take advantage of some of the defensive lapses we've seen from them lately."

Vote for Goal of the Month!

Harry Kane has claimed the last three awards, but he’s not even up for the vote this time. So, who are you going to pick for January’s Goal of the Month? Watch all 10 contenders here and then cast your vote for your favourite below!

January blues

Leipzig are in danger of losing four consecutive Bundesliga matches for the first time in their history. The only Bundesliga team without a point in 2024, Die Roten Bullen have also shipped a league-high nine goals across their first three games of the year.

Probable line-ups

Who's set to play this weekend? Who's going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!

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Hello and welcome!

Thanks for joining us for build-up and live coverage of this Matchday 20 fixture between Leipzig and Union Berlin.