Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 RB Leipzig: Dominik Szoboszlai is the hero for Domenico Tedesco’s in-form visitors as midfielder’s goal secures crucial win to help leapfrog hosts into third place
- Win means RB Leipzig leap-frog Bayer Leverkusen into third behind Dortmund
- Dominik Szoboszlai’s goal proves the difference between the top four rivals
- Domenico Tedesco’s side have won 11 of 16 since his arrival in December
RB Leipzig rounded off a memorable week for the club with a win away at Champions League-chasing rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
Going into the crucial Easter Sunday fixture trailing Leverkusen by a point in the league table, Leipzig star Dominik Szoboszlai came up with the crucial goal to give his side an invaluable three points away from home.
Since taking over in December, manager Domenico Tedesco’s side have been one of the in-form sides across Europe and confirmed their credentials under the Italian with an important win away at Leverkusen.
Dominik Szoboszlai’s second half strike proved the difference as Leipzig claimed a 1-0 win
Szoboszlai’s well-taken effort with the outside of his boot proved the difference between the two sides and it is now Leverkusen sweating over their qualification for Europe’s elite competition next season.
Leipzig, who won away at Atalanta in the week in Europe to set up an intriguing Europa League semi-final clash with Rangers, were made to work for their win at the BayArena.
The Leipzig squad celebrated with their travelling contingent following the crucial away win
Having made a number of changes following Thursday nights gruelling tie at Atalanta, Leipzig had to endure some sustained spells of Leverkusen pressure.
Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi was forced into a save from Edmond Tapsoba after his strike from a freekick was deflected late in the first period.
Moussa Diaby forced Gulacsi in the Leipzig goal into another save later on while Patrick Schick sent a header wide when he should have done better.
Christopher Nkunku’s introduction changed the game for Leipzig in the second half
The Leipzig players appeared delighted with the result after midweek’s win in Italy
With Tedesco having seen enough, he introduced his star man Christopher Nkunku who immediately changed the intensity of proceedings for his Italian coach.
His darting run almost led to an opening for Willi Orban, his strike smacking into the inside of the post and away.
With Leipzig then enjoying the better of the proceedings following some smart tactical alterations from Tedesco they soon found the breakthrough.
From a promising Leverkusen move Leipzig nicked the ball and broke smartly with their array of attacking talent. Nkunku had the ball and fed Szoboslai who finished smartly with the outside of his boot, albeit via a deflection.
The result means Tedesco’s side leap-frog their Sunday opponents into third and cap what is one of the club’s most impressive ever weeks.
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