Despite a fairly open encounter at the Red Bull Arena, Borussia were unable to break down a resolute Leipzig defence and fell to a 2-0 defeat on matchday 13 in the Bundesliga.
Much like against Hannover, Gladbach couldn’t have hoped for a worse start. A direct attack was worked to Timo Werner, and the Germany international fired RB Leipzig into the lead after just over 120 seconds. The Foals responded well, but unlike last week, couldn’t find the back of the net. Twice Lars Stindl looked like scoring, and twice RBL keeper Péter Gulácsi denied him. It was a fairly end-to-end encounter until a sucker punch on the stroke of half time gave Leipzig a cushion. Yussuf Poulsen broke away beyond the defence and rounded the on-rushing Yann Sommer, when Werner took over to finish into the empty net.
The second half now took on a different picture, with the hosts waiting to pounce on the counter and Gladbach having to try and work the ball around. When the odd chance did open up, the trigger had to be pulled quickly, and shots from Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea couldn’t find a way past Gulácsi. Even when Dieter Hecking took off his two full backs to change to a more attacking formation, the Leipzig centre-back pairing of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté would simply not let them through and the hosts saw out their 2-0 advantage.
Head coach Dieter Hecking made two enforced changes to the side that triumphed over Hannover 96, with injuries to Matthias Ginter and Jonas Hofmann paving the way for starts for Tony Jantschke and Denis Zakaria. The formation was as follows: Yann Sommer – Michael Lang, Nico Elvedi, Tony Jantschke, Oscar Wendt – Tobias Strobl, Denis Zakaria, Florian Neuhaus – Thorgan Hazard, Lars Stindl, Alassane Plea.
Joining Ginter (fractured jaw and eye socket) and Hofmann (hip flexor) on the injury list on Sunday were Christoph Kramer (ankle) and Mamadou Doucouré (thigh).