Real Madrid’s invincibility in this 2022-2023 season ended on October 25. On the lawn of RB Leipzig, the reigning Spanish and European champion logically lost after a show match (3-2). Thanks to goals from Josko Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner, the German club overcame a deprived Real of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde for this Group F matchday five encounter. Real are not yet sure to finish first in the group, and will have to be employers to maintain their status as leaders in a week against Celtic Glasgow.
The Red Bull Arena gave itself wings this Tuesday evening. In the obligation to win against Real to keep their second place before the last day of this group stage of the C1, Leipzig did the job in a very warm atmosphere from the start of the match. And for good reason: the locals were able to put intense pressure to contain the people of Madrid in their own half of the field.
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On a corner, André Silva put Thibaut Courtois on the parade, but Gvardiol followed well to open the scoring from close (1-0, 12th). Caught in the vice, Real put themselves in danger and Nkunku took the opportunity to shine. At first, the French international missed the target just after beating Courtois in his outing (16th) but the former Parisian caught up well by shooting the Belgian goalkeeper after a bad defensive gesture from Aurélien Tchouaméni (2 -0, 18th).
Back to the wall, Real has still found the resources to react. Marco Asensio served Vinicius Junior for the reduction of the gap with a returning post header (2-1, 44th) and the meeting regained suspense. Real tried to equalize thanks to the entries of David Alaba and Dani Carvajal, but it was not enough and Vinicius Junior was muzzled by Gvardiol (75th) before missing the target on a new service from Asensio ( 79th).
For its part, Leipzig brought in Werner at the forefront of the attack. If the German striker crossed his first strike too much (71st), his finish hit home on a perfect cross from Mohamed Simakan (82nd, 3-1). Impressive in his right lane, the Frenchman gave Didier Deschamps good reasons to be part of the surprises on the list of Blues next month for the World Cup in Qatar. For his part, Nkunku scored new points but his fault causing the penalty converted by Rodrygo (3-2, 93rd) did not plead in his favor. For Leipzig, qualification will be played against Shakhtar Donetsk on the last day. A draw will be enough to see the round of 16…
Eder Militao in duel with Christopher Nkunku
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