Little pace, hardly any ideas – but a later cheers: RB Leipzig grabs the main prize of the Europa League thanks to the Matchwinner Angelino. The runner-up won the semi-final first leg against the Scottish champion Glasgow Rangers with 1-0 (0-0) and an important step closer to the final on May 18 in Sevilla. The Spaniard (85th) redeemed the Saxons after an overall disappointing appearance.
“It was tedious, but we now have a small lead when we go to Glasgow next week. We are in the final with half a leg – and then you also want to get a title,” said club boss Oliver Mintzlaff at RTL+: ” We are pleased that we played to zero and scored the goal. It was certainly not an outstanding game from us. “
RB coach Domenico Tedesco said: “A semi-finals in the European Cup is not a dream concert. After a tough first half, we had a really good second half. You can’t get many chances against such an opponent. We can only learn from this game. Glasgow has to In the second leg, if maybe not from the beginning. “
The double from Europa League and DFB Cup, where Leipzig meets SC Freiburg in Berlin, now remains a realistic goal. It would be the first title of young club history.
The decision was made in the second leg on May 5th in the Ibrox Stadium, where Borussia Dortmund’s European Cup season ended in February. Then RB also has to face the atmosphere in the Rangers witch kettle. The travelers who traveled with the island, who support their team in the Red Bull Arena, loudly supported a foretaste. Around 8,000 fans had traveled to Saxony. Not everyone had bought a ticket.
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RB Leipzig: Angelino has become the match winner
Because of the yellow locks for Mohamed Simakan and Willi Orban, RB coach Tedesco had to change defensively. He rejected the idea of switching from the proven threesome to a chain of four. The two best attackers Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe were missing from the Rangers due to injury.
Leipzig struggled to fill Tedesco’s final announcement (“We have already reached one thing, now we want to get the second”) with life. RB controlled the action, but made far too little out of the plus of possession of the ball. Despite the existing offensive quality, the creativity was missing against the well -stocked Scots, the Bundesliga club hardly met the opposing penalty area over the center, Leipzig’s strengths on the wings came into their own.
Opportunities such as by Christopher Nkunku (17th) or Angelino (31st) were rare. Leipzig was very stable in the defense. However, Glasgow largely limited itself to the defensive and played counterattack in kick and rush negligently. Not much happened until the end of the sobering first half. RB was increasingly perplexed and sometimes troublesome, passes became imprecise, body language revealed the growing frustration.
Leipzig’s inattentiveness continued in the second half – and almost avenged himself. Ryan Kent (49th) narrowly missed the gate. On the other hand, Nkunku (53.) failed – an opportunity as a random product. Leipzig remembered little, most of the attacks ended before the last third. The first whistles were heard after 65 minutes.
Significant for a complicated evening was the great chance Nkunkus, the Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, but then the empty goal did not hit (70th). Tedesco reacted and changed playmakers Emil Forsberg and attacker Andre Silva for more punch. Then Angelino came with a dream goal.
RB Leipzig – Glasgow Rangers: The lineups
Leipzig : Gulacsi – Klostermann, Gvardiol, Halstenberg – Henrichs (89th Mukiele), Laimer, Adams, Angelino – Olmo (71. Forsberg), Nkunku (89. Poulsen), Szoboszlai (71. Silva). – Trainer: Tedesco
Rangers : McGregor – Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic – Jack (83. Sands), Lundstram – Aribo (83rd Arfield), Kamara, Kent – Wright (69th Sakala). – Trainer: Van Bronckhorst
Referee : Benoit Bastien (France)
Tor : 1: 0 Angelino (85.)
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Yellow cards : – Goldson, Tavernier