Thanks to Christopher Nkunku’s double and a 4-0 win over Augsburg, RB Leipzig on Sunday returned with its maximum height to the top four in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Champions League, one day after the end.
Ahead of the 34th and final day, scheduled for next Saturday, right-back RB is only fourth with 57 points, two points ahead of fifth, Friborg.
Bayern – champion for two weeks – Dortmund and Leverkusen occupy the top three places and are guaranteed to play in the next Champions League.
Leipzig have yet to validate their ticket during the last trip to Bielefeld, 17th and virtually doomed to relegation.
But that RB is back from afar! A tough time since January, the Saxons’ team mechanics have been abruptly disrupted in the past two weeks: a painful Europa League semi-final elimination against Glasgow Rangers and two consecutive losses in the Bundesliga have led to a chilling chill.
Two days before the end of the tournament, Freiburg solidly finished fourth in the tournament, and Leipzig saw the Champions League exit suddenly.
– Imperial Nkunko –
On this 33rd day he made a reshuffle of cards. Freiburg collapsed against all odds on Saturday at home to Union Berlin (1-4). Leipzig did not miss this opportunity.
Against Augsburg, Portuguese striker Andre Silva opened the scoring with a superb shot from outside the area (1-0, 40).
Then new French international Christopher Nkunku scored twice, in good shape for several months: instant recovery in the penalty area from a cross from compatriot Nordi Mukele (2-0, 48th place), and the second goal in the same. Center, but this time in tact (3-0, 57).
The former Parisian now has 20 goals and 15 assists in the league this season.
Emil Forsberg added to the penalty (4-0, 64).
For its part, Bayern lost a tie in their last home game of the season against Stuttgart (2-2), to keep the Swabians in the potential qualifiers before the thirty-fourth and final day.
Serge Gnabry (1-1, 35th place) and Thomas Muller (2-1, 44th place) scored a goal for “Rekordmeister”, but Thiago Thomas opened the scoring for VfB (1-0, 8) and Sasa Calajdic equalized 2-2 (52 ).
– He sees a red Koeman –
Kingsley Coman was sent off in overtime for slapping an opponent in the heat of a duel.
Stuttgart can blame itself for not getting the three points back, due to the folly of their attackers who found themselves four times in a one-on-one position against Manuel Neuer.
Bavarian coach Julian Nagelsmann, however, kept his promise not to rush into this match so as not to tarnish the struggle for maintenance: he gave the best possible squad, and the players respected both the competition and their fans, by showing a worthwhile commitment. I heard them.
But the defense of the center of Bavaria, in particular the young Frenchman Tanguy Nyanzo, suffered greatly against the opponent’s fast attackers: first he beat the wing, to score the first goal of Stuttgart, and then completely lost with a header in the second.
In the other game on Sunday, Eintracht Frankfurt, who will play in the Europa League final on May 18 against Glasgow Rangers, drew 1-1 at home to Mönchengladbach. The meeting was unchallenged for both teams, and it was quiet in the middle of the table (Mönchengladbach 10th and Frankfurt 12th).