RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid – Soccer Match Report – October 25, 2022 – ESPN

RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid - Soccer Match Report - October 25, 2022 - ESPN

RB Leipzig took a big step closer to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 3-2 home win over Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The German side are second in Group F with nine points, one behind leaders Real and three ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, who they face in their final group game next week needing a draw to guarantee them second place.

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With Real Madrid already qualified for the last 16, manager Carlo Ancelotti rested several regular starters and his side were dominated early on by the young Leipzig team.

“We conceded two goals from two pieces and then the game was the kind of game they wanted, playing on the counter-attack, they are very good at that,” Ancelotti said after the match. “We controlled the game but suffered on the counter. It was the two goals we conceded that made it the game they wanted.”

The home side took the lead 13 minutes into the game with If Guardiol scoring on the bounce of a Thibaut Courtois save after bullet head of Andrew Silva.

With the European champions still recovering from the first blow, Leipzig extended their lead five minutes later when David Raum tried to pass into the box but the ball deviated from a defender into the path of Christopher Nkunku who was quick to react and shot the ball into the crossbar.

Leipzig had two more great chances, but Courtois saved Amadou HaidaraThe strike from the edge of the box and Nkuku put a close-range shot wide after beating the dashing Madrid keeper to the ball but ending up with a tight angle trying to find the empty net.

“I think we came out very distracted at the beginning of the game and were caught sleeping against a team that is very aggressive,” Courtois said after the match. “Coach Ancelotti warned us before the game that they are a fighting team at home, very aggressive, but we still started slowly and paid the price.

“Our performance at the start of the match is unacceptable, we cannot concede two goals from corners at the start of the match.”

Vinicius Junior put Real back into the game just before the break with a header that went just inside the left post.

But a Timo Werner a close-range strike to finish off a quick counter-attack in the 81st minute put Leipzig 3-1 up.

“We knew Madrid were strong on the ball and there would be phases where we were pushed back,” Werner said. “[Manager Marco] Rose told us to be brave when in possession and that’s what we did.

“We achieved what we wanted. We have it in our own hands (to go to the last 16) and don’t even need to win against Shakhtar now.”

After being defiled, Rodrygo rose to convert a penalty for Real’s second goal in added time, but it was not enough to avoid their first loss in all competitions this season.

“I’m not angry, a defeat bothers us but it’s a defeat that doesn’t hurt us much,” Ancelotti said. “We have another chance to finish first against Celtic. It had to happen at some point and it happened today. I can’t be too critical of a team that has done so well so far.

“You learn more from defeat than 10 wins in a row. We were not convincing from set pieces tonight.”

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