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RB Leipzig v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 26/10/2022

FT
3 - 2
RBL
RMA
J. Gvardiol (13)
C. Nkunku (18)
T. Werner (81)
Vinícius Júnior (44)
Rodrygo (90+4 pen)
Red Bull Arena

Commentary

That's all for the live text commentary of this match. Until next time, goodbye.
The result means that Leipzig are now just a point behind Madrid heading into the final game of the group phase. Top place is technically still up for grabs, but given Madrid have the edge on Leipzig in the head-to-head that would take the Spanish side losing to Celtic and the German outfit beating Shakhtar. Still, it makes for an interesting final day.
The referee calls time on what's been a thrilling contest. Leipzig raced into an early lead courtesy of goals from Gvardiol and Nkunku only for Madrid to pull one back on the stroke of half-time through Vinicius. The home side then scored a third in the second half, substitute Werner getting on the scoresheet, to seemingly quell the comeback. Rodrygo scored the visitors' second at the death, winning and then converting a penalty kick. But it's Leipzig who take all three points.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: RB LEIPZIG 3-2 REAL MADRID
Rodrygo
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
90' + 4' GOAL! Rodrygo converts his penalty to make it 3-2. The Brazilian took his effort well, sending Blaswich the wrong way.
90' + 3' Rodrygo, from the resulting corner, wins a penalty after being brought down by Nkunku in the box.
90' + 2' Rodrygo does well to turn a half-chance into a shot on goal from a tight angle - but Blaswich comfortably turns it behind goal.
90' There will be three minutes of additional time.
B. Henrichs
M. Simakan
RB Leipzig
89' Henrichs is brought on for Simakan, who earns a standing ovation for his superb performance.
88' Olmo, looking sharp since he's come on, leads a Leipzig break before cutting inside on his right foot and unleashing an accurate shot on goal. It flies just wide, however.
86' Madrid are still trying to build an attack but, in reality, the belief appears to have gone out of their play. Leipzig, on the other hand, look like a team who feel they've got the job done.
K. Kampl
A. Haidara
RB Leipzig
84' Kampl has replaced Haidara in a bid to shore up the game from the centre of midfield.
82' The home crowd here are jubilant - they believe they've secured a famous victory.
M. Simakan
Assist
RB Leipzig
81' Simakan did superbly to drive down the right side before teeing up Werner.
T. Werner
Goal
RB Leipzig
81' GOAL! Werner scores to make it 3-1 to Leipzig. Simakan breaks down the right side like lightning, driving forward before squaring the ball to find Werner at the back post. The German makes no mistake with his finish - into the back of the net.
80' CHANCE! And now Madrid have an opportunity of their own. Hazard plays a smart reverse pass to enable Asensio space on the left flank, who then squares the ball to find Vinicius inside the area. His effort, however, flashes inches wide of the post.
78' Leipzig burst forward in a promising break down the right flank - but Militao is there to cut out Szoboszlai's cross-field pass.
E. Hazard
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
76' Hazard has come on for Kroos for the final 15 minutes - a sign Madrid are going for it.
76' Diallo does well to get behind Militao out on the left flank - but his delivery across goal fails to find Werner in Madrid's box.
74' Nkunku tries his luck with a Thierry Henry-style effort from the left flank. But he leans back just a little too much and his effort flies high and wide.
72' The home crowd appear to be becoming increasingly anxious. They know the threat Madrid pose late on in big European games.
70' CHANCE! Nkunku plays in Werner, who steadies himself before pulling the trigger from a promising position. His effort, however, flashes just wide of the post.
A. Diallo
D. Raum
RB Leipzig
69' Diallo has entered the fray in place of Raum in a bid to shore up Leipzig's defence.
T. Werner
André Silva
RB Leipzig
69' Werner has come in for Silva as the focal point of Leipzig's attack. Well-rested, he should pose a serious threat in the final third.
Dani Olmo
E. Forsberg
RB Leipzig
69' Olmo has replaced Forsberg on the left side of Leipzig's attacking trident. The Spaniard will bring a certain electricity to proceedings.
D. Alaba
Nacho
Real Madrid
68' Alaba has replaced Nacho in the centre of defence. He'll offer a little more going forward than his teammate.
Dani Carvajal
Lucas Vázquez
Real Madrid
68' Carvajal has replaced Vazquez at right-back for Madrid. He'll offer something different down the right side.
68' Leipzig, smelling blood, push forward to try and grab a third goal. But Militao and Nacho work together to kill the move.
66' Tchouameni has been a key man in getting Madrid back into this game. Gliding through the midfield straight-backed, he's a formidable presence in the engine room.
64' Madrid are playing with urgency but they're not panicking. They look like they're confident they're going to carve out a couple more clear-cut chances.
62' Raum whips in a free-kick from the right flank but Madrid's defence deal with it comfortably.
60' Carlo Ancelotti is in conversation with his bench. Are changes coming soon?
58' Vazquez, pushed high up on the right side, is an increasingly popular outlet for Madrid. He's had a couple of deliveries swung in but nothing's come of them.
56' The game is being played almost entirely in Leipzig's half, now. They still carry a threat on the break, of course, but Madrid are completely in control of possession.
54' Leipzig are trying to get back into the game but they're not moving the ball at the same pace. Madrid well and truly have their tails up.
52' Tchouameni wins the ball back high up the field and kick-starts a threatening move that also involves Vinicius. The ball then came back to the Frenchman at the edge of the box, but his effort was blocked down by a Leipzig defender.
50' CHANCE! Leipzig break quickly in a move that sees Nkunku clean through. Courtois is on hand to deal with the effort - but the linesman's flag then goes up to show that it was actually offside.
Lucas Vázquez
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
49' Vazquez is booked for a late challenge on Gvardiol.
48' Madrid, as one would have expected, have begun this second half with a renewed intensity. They want to change the tone of this game.
46' We're back underway at Red Bull Arena.
Madrid have seen the majority of the ball but it's Leipzig who've done the most with it - they've been daring and incisive in possession. The visitors will draw strength from the manner in which they fought their way back into the game, however, and will smell blood the deeper it goes. They are, after all, the kings of late drama in European competition.
A highly entertaining first half of football culminates with Leipzig narrowly ahead at the break. They raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of well-taken efforts by Gvardiol and Nkunku, but Madrid hit back through Vinicius shortly before the half-time whistle. The second half is set up very nicely for an open, attacking game of football.
45' HALF-TIME: RB LEIPZIG 2-1 REAL MADRID
Marco Asensio
Assist
Real Madrid
44' Asensio did well to get behind and cross the ball for Vinicius.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Real Madrid
44' GOAL! Madrid pull one back to make it 2-1 just before half-time. Asensio, who'd had a quiet night up to this point, got in behind on the right flank before squaring the ball across the face of goal for Vinicius, who directed a well-taken header past Blaswich and into the back of the net.
43' Madrid, hunting for a goal before half-time, build a move that sees Camavinga come inside on his left foot before finding Vinicius just inside the area. The Brazilian's effort, however, fails to trouble Blaswich and is easily dealt with.
42' CHANCE! Forsberg and Nkunku collaborate to funnell the ball to Szoboszlai in a dangerous position at the edge of the box. His effort, however, fails to work Courtois.
40' Rudiger spends some time down on the turf after being caught by Silva with a trailing elbow. He's back on the pitch now, however, and play has resumed.
38' In a move that underlines how committed Madrid are to getting back on track, Vinicius tracks back from left wing to win the ball back in the left-back position. They want this.
36' CHANCE! Vinicius plays his compatriot, Rodrygo, through on goal. The Brazilian, sprinting down the left flank, draws a strong save from Blaswich but fails to beat him.
34' There's quite an amazing atmosphere at Red Bull Arena this evening - they're relishing every moment of this match.
32' Camavinga starts a move from deep and breaks into the opposing box - but Leipzig do well to ensure the young Frenchman doesn't have the time or space to get a shot off.
30' Madrid are beginning to grow in stature and pose more questions of Leipzig - maintaining the pace of their early start will the key if they're to see this result through.
28' Madrid are beginning to press higher up the pitch in a bid to change the momentum of the match - but they need to remain wary of the threat Leipzig pose on the break.
26' Leipzig whip in another corner from the left side, again causing Madrid problems. The chance comes to nothing, but the home side are continuing to ask questions of their visitors.
24' Kroos is beginning to get on the ball more, now, trying to assert his dominance and change the tide of this game. So far, it's been all Leipzig.
22' Militao tries his luck with a long ball from his position at the centre of defence - and he very nearly catches Blaswich out of position. But the ball flies just wide.
20' Leipzig are in dreamland, playing with real confidence and courage. They sense a historic night could be on the cards.
C. Nkunku
Goal
RB Leipzig
18' GOAL! Nkunku makes it 2-0. The ball is played short, again from an aforementioned corner, before, after a couple of sequences of play, it falls to Nkunku in the area. And he makes no mistake with his finish to beat Courtois and double Leipzig's lead.
16' CHANCE! Leipzig very nearly double their advantage. The ball is played into the left channel for Nkunku, who sprints into space before trying to beat Courtois with an audacious, lifted effort. But his shot crashes into the side netting.
14' Madrid have stepped up the pace to get back on level terms as soon as possible.
J. Gvardiol
Goal
RB Leipzig
13' GOAL! Gvardiol puts Leipzig 1-0 up from the aforementioned corner. Courtois saved an initial header but the Belgian was powerless to stop Gvardiol's smart follow-up.
12' Leipzig are moving the ball very well, playing out from the back cleanly and with confidence to force a corner kick.
10' Both sides have flirted with genuine opportunities - Silva for Leipzig and Asensio for Madrid thread through searching passes only for the ball to be dealt with by the opposing defence. But there's certainly a threat there, at both ends of the field.
8' Rudiger clatters Forsberg with a rough challenge. No foul is given, but it most certainly hurt the Swede.
6' Madrid answer with a move of their own, Asensio whipping in a dangerous cross from the right wing that finds Tchouameni at the back post. His header, however, crashes into the side netting.
4' Leipzig have started with intent, pressing high. They want to take all three points off Madrid this evening to keep their hopes of finishing first alive.
2' CHANCE! Lepzig start superbly, building a move that ends with Forsberg squaring the ball in a dangerous position out on the left side. But Madrid are equal to the move and do well to clear their lines and, with that, the danger.
1' We're underway here at Red Bull Arena.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is the top-ranked player in the UEFA Champions League this season for xG sequence involvement from open play (5.2), meaning Los Blancos would have been expected to score five goals from the quality of attacking moves that he participated in.
Andre Silva has averaged a goal or assist every 96 minutes for RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League, scoring five goals and providing two assists in his 10 appearances. This is the best minutes per direct goal involvement ratio of any RB Leipzig player in the competition (min. 10 apps).
Following back-to-back wins across MD3 and MD4, RB Leipzig will be looking to win three consecutive games in the UEFA Champions League for just the second time – they previously did three in a row between February and August 2020, beating Spurs twice and Atlético Madrid once.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 13 games against German sides in European competition overall (W9 D4), with Los Blancos scoring at least two goals in every game in this run (31 in total).
Real Madrid have lost just one of their last eight away UEFA Champions League matches in Germany (W5 D2). They had lost 11 of their first 17 visits to Germany in the competition (W2 D4).
The only previous European match between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid was on MD2 of this season’s UEFA Champions League, a 2-0 win for Madrid.
Madrid have made five changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Shakhtar last matchday. Courtois has replaced Lunin in goal, Militao has come in for Mendy in defence, Camavinga has taken the place of Valverde in midfield while Asensio and Vinicius start in attack at the expense of Benzema and Hazard.
Leipzig have made one change from the side that beat Celtic 2-0 last matchday. Forsberg has come in to replace Werner on the left of their attacking trident.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Luis Lopez, Dani Carvajal, David Alaba, Jesus Vallejo, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Odriozola, Ferland Mendy, Carlos Dotor, Sergio Arribas, Alvaro Rodriguez.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho; Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior.
RB LEIPZIG SUBS: Jonas Nickisch, Dani Olmo, Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner, Abdou Diallo, Hugo Novoa, Benjamin Henrichs, Kevin Kampl.
RB LEIPZIG (4-2-3-1): Janis Blaswich; Mohamed Simakan, Josko Gvardiol, Willi Orban, David Raum; Amadou Haidara, Xaver Schlager; Dominik Szoboszlai, Christopher Nkunku, Emil Forsberg; Andre Silva.
Madrid are flying high, four points clear of Leipzig with just two games to be played. If they can secure a point in Germany it means that first place - and the favourable draw that comes with that - is guaranteed. Given the confidence coursing through their veins right now, that should be a feasible task for the men from the Spanish capital.
Leipzig come into this one placed second in Champions League Group F. They've taken six points from their opening four fixtures and are currently one clear of third-placed Shakhtar Donetsk. Given Madrid already have ten to their name, it appears that it's going to be a toe-to-toe battle between Leipzig and Shakhtar for that coveted second place.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for the Champions League clash between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid at Red Bull Arena.