Leipzig fails real’s class and referee

Last Update: 13.02.2024 23: 48

RB Leipzig gets good chances in the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid, but goes empty. The sticking points: a disallowed goal and a world-class single action.

RB Leipzig has done in the duel with Real Madrid like so many Teams before them, who have met the Spaniards in the Champions League: felt superior, but in the end paid tuition. In the unfortunate 0:1 (0:0) defeat in the round of 16 first leg on Tuesday (13.02.2024), a dream goal from Madrid’s Brahim Diaz (49.) the difference.

However, Leipzig was also unlucky with a referee’s decision. RB attacker Benjamin Sesko had headed into goal from close range right at the start of the game, but was whistled back for offside. The video assistant confirmed the decision of referee Irfan Peljto from Bosnia and Herzegovina, although Sesko clearly did not stand aside.

Toni Kroos: “it was a goal”

Presumably, the Impartials suspected that Benjamin Henrichs in the offside position easily pushed Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin when giving the ball. However, Lunin had no Chance to reach the Ball anyway. That’s why Real’s playmaker Toni Kroos also said on Prime Video: “It was a goal, you should have given it.”

RB coach Marco Rose also spoke of a wrong decision. “Bitter at the level. Overall, the referee performance took some getting used to. But he is also just a human being. It was his first knockout match in the Champions League. I hope he learns from it.”

Sesko with big chances

Anger about the referee-but also about their own inefficiency: Leipzig gave away many of their own chances in front of 45,028 spectators in the sold-out stadium or did not play out promising attacks ideally. “The 0-1 result is bitter because we deserved more.”, said Rose. And Kroos also recorded: “It could have gone both ways today, tending more towards Leipzig in the first half.”

In the first quarter-hour alone, Sesko still had two excellent scoring chances. In addition, there was a rich distance shot from Benjamin Henrichs. The International surprisingly ran up in defensive midfield because RB coach Marco Rose built on Mohamed Simakan in the right-back position. The trained central defender was supposed to take care of Real’s Star striker Vinicius Junior and coped with the heavy task strongly.

Rüdiger and Bellingham are missing injured

Madrid made an astonishing number of mistakes in the early stages, and the otherwise reliable Kroos was also involved. The fact that Leipzig came to the conclusion so often is also likely to be related to Real’s personnel problems. In addition to the long-term injured David Alaba and Éder Militao, international Antonio Rüdiger was also missing in central defense. Even the ex-Dortmund Jude Bellingham could not participate because of an injury.

Madrid survived its initial nervous phase unscathed, stabilizing from the 20th week on. And went into the break with a flattering 0:0.

Diaz leaves four Leipzigers standing

The second half also began with dangerous Leipzig attacks, but the guests scored the lead. Diaz received the Ball on the right outside line with his back to the goal – actually not a dangerous Situation. But the 24 – year-old left David Raum with a spin, shook off Xavi Simons and Xaver Schlager and then shot past Willi Orban into the top left of the net-a bearish action.

Leipzig remained committed and sometimes dangerous. Dani Olmo had the best Chance when he came free from 16 meters, but finished too centrally. Madrid benefited from his watchful goalkeeper Lunin and, conducted by Kroos, played out his Routine. In addition, there were dangerous counters, one of which Vinicius Junior almost turned into a 2-0, the Brazilian pointed the Ball at the Post (70.).

Against Leipzig in the league Mönchengladbach

RB ran in vain until the final whistle and now goes into the second leg in Madrid with a difficult starting position. It is scheduled for Wednesday, 6. March, 9 Pm. Until then, Leipzig will still have the Bundesliga matches against Mönchengladbach (Saturday, 18.30), Bayern Munich and VfL Bochum.

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