RB Leipzig's 3-1 Victory against Red Star Belgrade in Group G
|Fabian Holland of SV Darmstadt 98 (L) and Yussuf Poulsen of RB Leipzig compete for the ball during the Bundesliga match between SV Darmstadt 98 and RB Leipzig at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor on October 21, 2023 in Darmstadt, Germany.(Image-Getty)
RB Leipzig solidified their grasp on the second spot in Champions League Group G following a resilient 3-1 triumph over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.
Taking charge in the 12th minute, the hosts capitalized on Red Star's defensive lapse, initiating a swift five-touch passing sequence that culminated in David Raum notching his inaugural Champions League goal with a left-footed strike.
Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig's longest-serving player, recently secured a contract extension. He tested goalkeeper Omri Glazer with a curling shot, as the visitors initially grappled with Leipzig's frantic tempo.
Red Star seemed poised for a reprieve when they were granted a penalty in the 30th minute for a clumsy challenge by Castello Lukeba. However, after a VAR review, the referee swiftly rescinded his decision.
Revitalized after the break and with the introduction of Osman Bukari, who had previously scored in both group matches, Red Star attempted a swift comeback. Yet, their efforts were promptly curtailed as Leipzig's Xavi Simons unleashed a stunning 20-meter shot into the top corner, stretching the lead to 2-0 in the 59th minute.
Marko Stamenic rekindled Red Star's aspirations, benefitting from a fortuitous deflection to narrow the deficit in the 70th minute. However, it was Leipzig who struck again in the 84th minute, as substitute Dani Olmo found the net from close range. Red Star's fortunes were further marred as they struck the woodwork a minute later.
Leipzig currently stand at six points from three matches, trailing three points behind group leaders Manchester City, who secured a 3-1 victory over Young Boys. Red Star, along with the Swiss side, maintain a total of one point.