Bundesliga: RB Leipzig wins 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund

As of: 11/6/2021 8:29 PM

It’s not enough for France, but at RB Leipzig Christopher Nkunku shines in series. His outstanding performance was decisive for the well-deserved 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening (11/6/21). A perfect day ended for Bayern Munich: After beating SC Freiburg, BVB’s second pursuer also remained pointless.

Didier Deschamps admittedly has a luxury problem. The coach of the Équipe Tricolore has world class strikers like Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland, he has alternatives like Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, Thomas Lemar from Atlético or Anthony Martial from Manchester United.

Nevertheless, it is somewhat incomprehensible that he consistently ignores one of the best players of the current Bundesliga season, although he has already made the greatest possible exclamation mark internationally. For example, in the Champions League, Christopher Nkunku scored three goals in a game at Manchester City. He also scored 2-2 in the second leg against Paris St. Germain.

Perfect pass from Gvardiol

Against Dortmund, the attacker again collected arguments for an early nomination. At first he acted a little too stubborn, but after just under half an hour he was fully up to date: Josko Gvardiol had sent the French down perfectly, Nkunku calmly rounded Gregor Kobel in the BVB goal and casually pushed the ball in front of the approaching one Mats Hummels across the line.

Extremely little came from Dortmund in the first round. Defensively, the left side with substitute defender Thorgan Hazard was particularly vulnerable, Nordi Mukiele kept running away from the Belgian. In the offensive, too, it was extremely thin what Marco Rose’s team was offering, and many BVB players kept getting into pointless discussions with referee Felix Zwayer.

Reus with the happy compensation

Even after the break, Dortmund wobbled worryingly, but Nkunku, Yussuf Poulsen and Dominik Szoboszlai gave away the possible as well as deserved 2-0. One of Thomas Meunier’s strokes of genius, very rare since he was signed 15 months ago, then thwarted the course of the game: The brilliant pass of the Belgian right-back found Marco Reus, who approached Peter Gulacsi alone and gallantly made it 1-1.

Leipzig immediately picked up where it left off before the equalization. One attack after the other rolled onto the BVB goal – and a goal of the decade almost fell.

Double Zidane trick – and post

If Kobel had parried brilliantly against Nkunku and Szoboszlai shortly before, he would have been powerless in the 63rd minute: Nkunku led the Dortmund defensive players with a double Zidane trick – he pulled the ball past the opponent with the sole – to the edge of the Ridiculous, brought himself into final position with another body deception, but slammed the ball against the left inside post.

But even this bad luck did not change the course of the game. The guests hardly got over the middle line and in the 68th minute the pressure became too great. Szoboszlai, who also delivered an outstanding game, sent Nkunku steeply to the left, who put across the goal and at the far post Poulsen poked the ball past Kobel to 2-1 over the line.

“Carry on exactly like this”

After that, it was difficult for the guests to switch the switch back to the offensive, a blocked shot by Jude Bellingham four minutes before the end was the greatest chance to equalize. Nkunku was then able to be celebrated as a match winner, and at least he has heard encouraging words from France this week.

“Christopher is a player we are chasing who could have been there,” Deschamps said on the edge of his nomination. “He’s been making very interesting performances for a few weeks now. He’s not there yet, but one of the serious candidates who can take advantage of this opportunity. I can only encourage him to continue like this.”

Nkunku has the next chance after the international break in the next Bundesliga game on Saturday (November 20th, 2021) at 3:30 p.m. at TSG Hoffenheim. Borussia Dortmund will host VfB Stuttgart at the same time.


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