RB Leipzig claimed a big point on the road against Bayer Leverkusen, a team that many feel will be in the top four come the end of the season. The game was the first away from East Germany for Julian Nagelsmann's men and he felt strongly that the result was well deserved.
"Of course we would have liked to win," said Nagelsmann after the game. "If you look at the course of the game, a draw was a fair result. We started really well and deservedly took the lead but after the equalizer and the substitution to Yussi (Yussef Poulsen), we lost our handle on the game."
Leipzig was dangerous early when Emil Forsberg ran down the sideline and put a ball into the middle of the box for Kevin Kampl. The midfielder put the ball wide but set the stage for what was to come. Minutes later Forsberg made sure to not waste his chance, burying and effort past the Leverkusen keeper for the lead.
"We started the game well and the first 10 to 15 minutes were really strong," said Forsberg. "After that we lost our control and didn't have much possession. It wasn't a good performance for us."
The 20th minute saw the equalizer from Kerem Demirbay. A shot from far outside the box hit the post and bounced past the line. Despite a dive by keeper Peter Gulacsi, there was little that could be done to stop the screamer of a shot. From there Leverkusen pushed the game but couldn't find the goal meant to win the game.
The draw keeps Leipzig undefeated during an upset weekend that saw Dortmund lose to Augsburg. Next week the team will return home to play lowly Schalke at Red Bull Arena.