RB Leipzig has ended its misery away from home after more than nine months. Last season’s runners-up won 2-0 (1-0) at VfB Stuttgart, who were threatened with relegation, and continued their race towards a place in the European Cup with their third win under coach Domenico Tedesco.
For VfB, who have only won one of their last six games, things are getting more and more dangerous in the relegation battle.
Goalscorer André Silva gave the guests the lead in the eleventh minute with a hand penalty. Christopher Nkunku made it 2-0 with his ninth goal of the season (70′).
Leipzig could also thank their extremely strong goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, who prevented the equalizer several times. Most recently, RB won an away game 280 days ago on April 10, 2021 in a 4-1 win in Bremen in the Bundesliga. VfB remained without a goal for the fourth game in a row.
Tedesco, who was on the RB bench for the fifth time, had to change his starting lineup just before kick-off. Dominik Szoboszlai complained about muscular problems during the warm-up, Yussuf Poulsen started for him. RB put the change away well, but Leipzig needed the help of VfB to make it 1-0.
Peter Gulácsi saves RB Leipzig
A cross from Nkunku was parried by Konstantinos Mavropanos with his hand. Referee Daniel Schlager, who had stepped in at short notice for the injured Patrick Ittrich, didn’t hesitate for a second. Silva finished confidently.
As a result, Leipzig withdrew and largely left the events to VfB. Despite their best efforts, the team coached by Pellegrino Matarazzo initially lacked the ideas and power to pose a serious threat to the compact guests. Only shortly before the break did VfB become more determined without Borna Sosa (back problems): Hiroki Ito and Wataru Endo failed with their shots at Gulácsi.
After the change, Leipzig became a little more active again and had a double chance through Poulsen. But VfB followed suit. RB captain Gulácsi again prevented the equalizer with class saves against Sasa Kalajdzic (55th), Orel Mangala (63rd) and Waldemar Anton (67th). An exemplary counterattack finally made it 0:2.