Less than a minute into play, RB striker André Silva looked calm in front of Paris goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. However, the attacker was an offside (1). Red Bull pressed from the start, pressured the PSG defense and rewarded themselves. Active ingredient Silva grabbed the ball in the Paris half after a sloppy pass from Angel Di Maria and Christopher Nkunku crossed from the left, who sent the ball into Donnarumma’s penalty area (eighth place). The opening goal wasn’t enough for RB Leipzig, as they advanced towards PSG’s goal and Nkunko imposed an error in the French playing structure. When Silva was brought down in the penalty area by Danilo Pereira, referee Ekberg made the point. The offending Portuguese grabbed the flogging himself, but failed in the Italian goalkeeper (12). Leipzig continued to put pressure on him and came to a conclusion in promising positions thanks to Konrad Laimer and Nkonko, but both got the win.
A little later, Paris saved the Leipzig attack with a draw from nowhere. Kylian Mbappe was sent sharply in the penalty area after a mix between Neymar and Di Maria and Jorginho Wijnaldum served, who remained calm in front of the goal (21). After the tie, Leipzig’s extreme dominance faded. Even if they keep running hard, they are no longer creating any great chances while Paris has focused on defensive work. Then it came as it should come. Once again, the capital club showed merciless efficiency. It was Wijnaldum again, who nodded in front of Peter Gulacsi after a corner and header from Marquinhos from the backcourt (39).
In the second half, RB Leipzig did not start with enough determination, which meant that the lightning-fast Mbappe had two chances 3-1 after the Paris Saint-Germain counterattack. After Achraf Hakimi and Idrissa Gueye converged across the penalty area, Mbappe narrowly missed a shot from the left half (52nd place). A few minutes later, RB Leipzig’s France international defender Nordi Mukele crossed the left and forgave from a tight angle against right-back goalkeeper RB Gulacsi (64th place). Halfway through the second half, Red Bull turned the pace again and created a danger in the Paris penalty area. Donarumma crossed Nkunku’s cross, but neither Joseph Poulsen nor Angelino were able to get the ball on goal (65). A few minutes later, substitute Dominic Zuboslai had a great opportunity to equalize after a cross pass from Nkunko behind the Paris defense chain, but wasted miserably (72).
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It looked as if Leipzig would go empty-handed in the second leg, but Jesse Marsh’s team didn’t give up and rewarded themselves for their good performance in injury time. After a corner kick, PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe leaned on Nkunko and knocked down the striker – a penalty after video evidence. Szoboszlai caught the ball and shot it near the left post (92 + 2). No chance for Donnarumma.
Jesse Marsh (Coach RB Leipzig): “We played really well from the start. And in the end I think we were better. The fact that we only got one point from two good performances against such a good team is a bit disappointing, but it’s still a big step for us.”
Dominic Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig): “We could have done more today. But we can take a lot with us from the match because we fought until the end and played particularly well in the first half. We want to build on that against Dortmund.”
Christopher Nkunko (RB Leipzig): “We entered the match well and quickly advanced, then unfortunately we lost the point 2-0. In the end, we still rewarded ourselves with more than we deserved and scored one point. Of course we wanted three points today. We showed a strong performance and gave everything. And we want to use that performance again on Saturday against BVB.”
Mauricio Pochettino (Paris Saint-Germain): “It’s hard to say I’m happy with the way we’re playing because we’re all disappointed because we tied the game. I think we created enough chances to finish the game but overall the result was fair we have to analyze, but sometimes you have to admit that your opponents deserve something because they A very good team.”
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If Red Bull put their dominant high pressures into action at full capacity, they could undermine any team in the world. That became clear again today. The decisive man in Leipzig’s attacking pressure is Christopher Nkunko, who today repeatedly inflicted ball losses in the Paris crowd through effective kicks and high starts. But not only did the offensive defense suit the French, it was also the decisive creative factor against Paris when it came to creating scoring opportunities. Especially in front of goal, Nkunko showed his efficiency again today. His header was already his fifth goal in the current competition,
RB Leipzig scored a total of 17 shots on goal against the star group from Paris. In the first 20 minutes they put in one of the best performances of the season and literally played PSG against the wall. Also in the second half, they were the team most in control for long periods, only they were not able to pass the ball to the goal. Interestingly enough, it took two penalties to save at least one point against the disappointing but he broke away from the Parisians.
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