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Full time: Gladbach 0-1 Leipzig

Leipzig made it five straight wins in all competitions with a hard-fought victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Timo Werner's first goal of the season settling an even contest. With chances at a premium, Xavi Simons popped up in the final quarter with his fourth assist of the campaign to find Werner, who finished from the tightest of angles to send Leipzig into the top three. The Foals, meanwhile, remain winless in the Bundesliga this term.
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Ngoumou has a go

Nathan Ngoumou wellies one at goal from distance and the ball flashes just over the crossbar. That might be that for the hosts.
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Werner power

Leipzig haven't lost any of the last 52 competitive games when Timo Werner has scored (46 wins, 6 draws).

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.
Franck Honorat
Franck Honorat33.52km/h
Benjamin Šeško
Benjamin Šeško33.38km/h

Frustrated Foals

Hack heads onto the roof of the net as the Foals look to fight their way back into this one. Is Gladbach's search for a first win of this Bundesliga season about to stretch into another week? It looks like it at this point.

Werner lively

Werner races away but his early shot is easily gathered by Nicolas.

Werner first

Timo Werner scored eight of his nine Bundesliga goals at home last season. His first of the current campaign is scored away from the Red Bull Arena.

Leipzig lead!

And there is the moment of inspiration. This is such a tidy goal. Gladbach give up possession in the middle of the park. The ball works its way to Xavi, who threads a sumptuous pass through for Werner. The Leizpig sub rounds Nicolas but the angle looks a little tight. Not so. Werner finds a way to goal with a shot that pings off the inside of the far post and crosses the line.

Timo Werner


Timo Werner
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No way through

Werner looks to Turbo down the left but the Germany international's final ball leaves plenty to be desired. We'll need a moment of high inspiration to break the deadlock here.

Lepizig subs

Marco Rose rings the changes. Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Christoph Baumgartner are on for the visitors.

Double swap

Ngoumou and Pléa are sent into the mix by Gerardo Seoane. Forwards Honorat and Jordan have been taken off.

Better from Foals

Lovely stuff from the hosts who battle back to win possession via Koné. Honorat sits one up from the left and Reitz is there with a header that's goal bound. Blaswich dives back and gets a fingertip to the ball to send it over the top. The home fans liked that.

Chances at a premium

Just the one shot on target in this game so far. Subs from both sides have begun to warm up. This Matchday 5 encounter needs an injection of something. Perhaps a switch or two will do the trick.

Almost Šeško

Schalger's deep cross to the far post just evades Šeško's head and the hosts get away with one there.

Foals edging possession

This game has been tight in terms of action in the final third. Gladbach are seeing most of the ball but can't quite turn their possession into chances.

Openda strike

Lovely work again from Xavi and then ball eventually ends up at Openda's feet. The Leipzig forward cracks a quick shot low at the target but Nicolas gets down and holds on. Solid save.

Back underway

Leipzig get us back up and running in the second half.
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Half time

No goals at the break. Both coaches will look to inspire improvements from their respective sides during the interval.

Carvalho goes close

Just when it seemed Fábio Carvalho was drifting out of this game, the 21-year-old pulls out a wonderful, curling shot towards the far corner from the edge of the area. Moritz Nicolas makes one of those diving saves that look great in a photograph. The game's best moment thus far.

Leipzig rising

Plenty of possession from Die Roten Bullen now with Henrichs and Raum doing their best to supply the ammunition for Leipzig's forwards. Still no breakthrough here, however.

Goal disallowed

Henrichs pulls the ball back from the endline, Raum smacks it into the centre and Openda deflects into the back of the net. The assistant on the far side says that the ball was out before Henrichs played his pass.


Slight lull

The game hits the half-hour mark and we still await the first really big chance at Borussia-Park.

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.
Franck Honorat
Franck Honorat33.43km/h
Benjamin Šeško
Benjamin Šeško33.38km/h
Joseph Scally
Joseph Scally32.99km/h

Raum booked

Raum loses possession in a dangerous area and subsequently prevents Netz from escaping. Yellow card for the Leipzig man.

Weigl goes close

Gladbach win a free kick right on the edge of the area. Weigl lines one up and and smacks the set-piece towards goal but Kampl gets something on it to deflect the ball wide.

Intriguing start

No goals yet but we are definitely building towards something here as the game opens up.

Wöber to the rescue

Suddenly Šeško is in and loses his marker. The Slovenian steadies himself and releases a powerful shot. Wöber makes a terrific block.

Dangerous Xavi

Xavi's run is checked outside the area and Leipzig have a free kick. The young Dutch attacker takes it himself, looping a pass into the danger zone. Elvedi heads clear. There was an offside flag up.

Gladbach expect

The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals> xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals> goals).
The Foals look the likelier to hit the front here but Leipzig are slowly starting to string some passes together.

Netz threat

Netz does brilliantly down the left, tricking, twisting and turning before firing an angled cross-shot across the face of goal. David Raum takes no chances and prods that wide.

Koné presence telling

Kouadio Koné making a big difference in the Gladbach midfield. The young French player has been sorely missed by the Foals this season and his return from injury is a huge boon to the hosts.

Home chances

Reitz brings some home cheer with a shot that's deflected wide of the target. From the subsequent corner, Elvedi heads narrowly over the top.

RBL's strong start

Plenty of whistles around the stadium as Leipzig knock the ball about and menace in the final third.

Game on!

Gladbach get us underway! Settle in ...

It's almost time

Hosts Gladbach are chasing their first win of the Bundesliga season today while Leipzig could technically go top with a victory, depending on other results. We're all set for a fascinating encounter at Borussia-Park.

Starting interest

Benjamin Šeško has two Bundesliga goals from three substitute appearances thus far for Leipzig. It will be interesting to see what the Slovenia international can muster in his first start for the visitors today. There will be plenty of eyes on Liverpool loanee Fábio Carvalho too, with the attacker racking up just 32 top-flight minutes to date.

Youth prevails

Both today's starting XIs have an average age of 24.8 years old.

Leipzig team news

Marco Rose has opted for a couple of changes to his starting XI compared to the side that triumphed against Young Boys in the Champions League midweek. Benjamin Šeško and Fábio Carvalho are in for their first Die Roten Bullen starts with Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen dropping to the bench. Dani Olmo and captain Willi Orban continue their recovery from respective knee injuries.

Gladbach team news

The hosts welcome Manu Koné into the side for the first time this season, the midfielder having recovered from the injury he picked up while on Under-21 duty with France during the summer. Elsewhere, coach Gerardo Seoane makes two further changes to the side that drew with Darmstadt last weekend with Elvedi and Netz coming in. Tomáš Čvančara is out with a thigh complaint.

Gladbach starting XI

Nicolas - Elvedi, Itakura, Wöber - Scally, Reitz, Weigl (c), Koné, Netz - Honorat, Jordan

Gladbach subs

Sippel, Jantschke, Friedrich, Kramer, Neuhaus, Hack, Herrmann, Ngoumou, Pléa

Leipzig starting XI

Blaswich - Henrichs, Simakan, Lukeba, Raum - Xavi, Schlager, Kampl (c), Carvalho - Openda, Šeško

Leipzig subs

Gulácsi, Lenz, Klostermann, Seiwald, Moriba, Baumgartner, Forsberg, Poulsen, Werner

Seoane looking for improvement

Gladbach are currently down in 14th with two points from their first four matches. Their coach says: "Of course we're not happy with two points. The first half in particular in Darmstadt wasn't good. However, I feel a hunger in the team to keep going on the path we've been on after the summer rebuild."

Close call on Čvančara

Gladbach coach Gerardo Seoane confirms that Tomáš Čvančara [pictured], who is the club's leading scorer with three goals in four Bundesliga matches, is a doubt. He says: "He has bad bruising on his thigh. We still have hope that he'll be okay for Saturday, but he's been out for a few days now. We'll have to wait. It'll definitely be a close call."

Rose glad to be back

Leipzig coach Marco Rose coached Gladbach between 2019 and 2021. He says: "I always like coming back to the Borussia Park, because there are so many people there that I still know and am friendly with. It's sure to be an emotional game."

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Gladbach team news

Jordan marked his first Gladbach start with a goal in Darmstadt. The American was preferred to Tomáš Čvančara, who did get on the scoresheet after entering the fray in the second half and missing a penalty. With Jonas Omlin out and Jan Olschowsky a doubt, rookie Moritz Nicolas should continue in goal.

Leipzig team news

Benjamin Šeško continues to bang at the door, after scoring from the bench against Young Boys. However, Marco Rose has been waxing lyrical about what veteran striker Yussuf Poulsen brings to the team of late, so may wait until next week's rearranged DFB Cup first-round meeting with Wehen Wiesbaden to rotate. Defender Willi Orban and midfielder Dani Olmo are definitely out.

Watch: Leipzig's fun run

Leipzig beat Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League in midweek to make it 12 wins across their last 13 competitive games, dating back to last season. They've also won three of their last four on the road in the Bundesliga.

Probable teams

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!

Watch: Leipzig 3-0 Gladbach - previous meeting

Timo Werner was one of three different second-half scorers as Leipzig made Gladbach pay for an earlier penalty miss at the Red Bull Arena.

Watch: Darmstadt 3-3 Gladbach - highlights

Gladbach recovered from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with 10-man Darmstadt, but remain winless after four matches.

Watch: Leipzig 3-0 Augsburg - highlights

Leipzig climbed to within a point of the top two, with Xaxi instrumental in a comfortable win at home to Augsburg on Matchday 4.

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