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RECAP: Lepzig Share Points As Season Trudges On

photo from RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig continue to be stuck in first gear after a 1-1 draw against SC Freiburg on Saturday afternoon. Jesse Marsch's side didn't score a goal from the run of play but were able to find a lead through a converted penalty by Emil Forsberg in the first half. The team once again failed to capitalize on the situation and thus continue to see themselves in mid-table heading into a busy Champions League week.

"It's a point with mixed feelings," said Forsberg after the game. "We absolutely wanted to win the game and gave our all for it. We had the right mentality, showed emotion and were ready. Football is a game full of emotion and playing in front of fans always gives you an extra push. We have to find more solutions and carry out what the coach tells us."

Forsberg was Leipzig's best player on the day with an effort at goal less than a minute into the contest. Freiburg were up to the task and pushed the Leipzig defense. Mohamad Simakan continued to look unsure in defense, nearly letting Wooyeong Jeong score in front of goal in the 12th minute. Minutes later Forsberg had another chance at goal, beating his defender but putting the ball narrowly wide of the keeper and the goal post. 

The 30th minute saw Christopher Nkunku taken down in the box after sustained pressure from Leipzig. Forsberg stepped up to the spot and converted the opportunity for his third goal of the season. Freiburg wouldn't go down easily as they pushed for the equalizer and nearly found it in the 45th minute. A shot, saved by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, tricked past and off the post, sending the fans into a frenzy. 

Freiburg would find the equalizer in the 63rd minute when Jeong headed the ball past the keeper. It is the first goal scored by Freiburg in their new stadium and was the deciding factor in the game's outcome. 

"Freiburg reacted well and adjusted their system," said manager Jesse Marsch. "Their new back four caused us some difficulties. In addition to that there was the pure emotion of the fans, which pushed the home side more. In the end, it was a fair result and a middling performance from us."

Leipzig sit in eighth place after their second draw of the season and now must travel to Paris on Tuesday to play PSG. It is a game that may decide their fate in the UEFA Champions League. The team has lost their first two games against Club Brugge and Manchester City. Another loss may have them looking at the bottom of the group with Europa League qualification becoming even more difficult.

STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol (78' Angelino), Haidara, Kampl, Nkunku, Forsberg (67' Silva), Szoboszlai (78' Mukiele), Poulsen

SC Freiburg: Flekken; Gulde (45' Sallai)(80' Schade), Leinhart, Schlotterbeck, Sildillia, Eggestein (90' Keitel), Hofler, Gunter, Jeong (75' Petersen), Holer, Grifo (90' Demirovic)

SCORING SUMMARY:
32' (RB Leipzig) Emil Forsberg - PK
64' (SC Freiburg) Wooyeong Jeong

DISCIPLINE:
44' (RB Leipzig) Amadou Haidara - YELLOW CARD
57' (RB Leipzig) Josko Gvardiol - YELLOW CARD
85' (RB Leipzig) Mohamed Simakan - YELLOW CARD
89' (RB Leipzig) Nordi Mukiele - YELLOW CARD

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