RB Leipzig - Paris SG

Europe: Champions League
RB Leipzig C. Nkunku (42), E. Forsberg (Pen. 57)
Red Bull Arena2-1
Paris SG Á. Di María (6), X Á. Di María (Pen. 16), I. Gueye (69), P. Kimpembe (90)

Leipzig emerge victorious in match defined by two penalties

By Peter Vice

Julian Nagelsmann's "rote Bullen" snapped a two-game losing streak on the trot and achieved a come-from-behind victory against Paris St. Germain in a re-match of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League semifinals. 

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For much of the first half it appeared as if Germany's young Saxon club might be headed for another humiliation. Five lineup changes saw the 32-year-old trainer trot out a 3-4-3 consisting of his higher caliber players. Natural winger Emil Forsberg once again worked as the sole center forward.

Despite the fact that PSG trainer was missing several key actors, his makeshift site definitely looked the stronger in the opening minutes. A defensive giveaway by Dayot Upamecan led to the German hosts falling behind 0-1 in the 6th minute.

Upamecano would be judged to have handled the ball inside the box ten minutes later. Parisian forward Angel di Maria could only muster a weak penalty, however. Leipzig keeper Peter Gulasci held the ball to keep Nagelsmann's men from falling behind even further.

Christopher Nkunku surprisingly supplied the equalizer against the run of play with a handsome effort in from 16 meters out in the 42nd.

Leipzig emerged from the tunnel looking much for inspired. Forsberg got a good effort close in the 53rd, then covered a penalty four minutes later. Circumstances were not dissimilar to the Upamecano handball, with Prisnel Kimpembe being the guilty party this time.

After Forsberg's finishing put the hosts back ahead, chances for a PSG comeback were dampened by a sending off of Idrissa Gana Gueye on double yellow in the 69th. Kimpembe himself would also be sent off on double yellows in injury time.

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
6Ibrahima Konaté
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
4Willi Orban
22Nordi Mukiele ↩64
18Christopher Nkunku
7Marcel Sabitzer (C) ↩90
8Amadou Haidara ↩76
10Emil Forsberg ↩76
25Daniel Olmo ↩64
13Philipp Tschauner
33Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen ↪64
11Hwang Hee-Chan
19Alexander Sørloth
21Justin Kluivert ↪76
39Benjamin Henrichs ↪64
14Tyler Adams ↪76
20Lazar Samardžić
44Kevin Kampl ↪90
45Eric Martel
47Joscha Wosz
Paris SG
1Keylor Navas
24Alessandro Florenzi ↩84
15Danilo Pereira
3Presnel Kimpembe
20Layvin Kurzawa ↩73
27Idrissa Gueye
5Marquinhos (C)
21Ander Herrera
11Ángel Di María X
18Moise Kean
19Pablo Sarabia ↩73
16Sergio Rico
60Mathyas Randriamamy
4Thilo Kehrer ↪73
22Abdou Diallo
25Mitchel Bakker ↪73
31Colin Dagba
32Timothee Pembele
8Leandro Paredes
12Rafinha ↪84
36Kays Ruiz-Atil
37Bandiougou Fadiga

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