Sportingly, everything is going smoothly for “RB Leipzig” in the game against Donetsk. The team enters the knockout stage of the Champions League. However, Timo Werner was injured shortly before the World Championship.
Marco Rose hugged his coaching partner of Shakhtar Donetsk for a long time, Timo Werner was no longer on the field at that moment.
RB Leipzig progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-0 (1-0) win over the Ukrainians, but the Saxons and national coach Hansi Flick must now worry about the national team. Werner was substituted early with a left ankle injury three weeks before the World Cup in Qatar.
“It was not an easy game. Let’s hope that Timo is not seriously injured,” said the scorer Christopher Nkunku. Coach Marco Rose later gave it his all. “He felt pain when he stepped on it. This should be further investigated. The doctor says it doesn’t look like anything wild,” she said.
Werner tried for a few more minutes after a foul by Taras Stepanenko, but in the 19th minute he went into the dressing room of the Warsaw Stadium with his head hanging. The severity of the injury was not clear at first. Werner complained of leg pain. More detailed examinations are to be conducted at a hospital in Leipzig on Thursday. Germany will play its first World Cup match on November 23 against Japan.
Go to the second one
By the time Werner was substituted, Nkunku (10′) had already put Leipzig ahead when he dusted off his fellow striker after a missed chance. Goals were also scored by Andre Silva (50′) and Dominik Shoboslay (62′), 4-0 in the 68th minute, thanks to an own goal by Valery Bondar and not Dani Olmo’s goal. As a result, Leipzig qualified for the round of 16, finishing second in Group F behind defending champions Real Madrid. Not so after starting the group stage with two defeats a month ago.
“We worked hard for it. We didn’t start well in the Champions League, we didn’t finish well. Now we are in the 16th round,” said Emil Forsberg on DAZN. “We were there, we had a good grip and of course it’s good, 4-0, round of 16.”
After nine unbeaten games, one point was enough for Leipzig in the match moved to Warsaw due to the Ukrainian war. Before the game, there were unnecessary scenes at the entrance of the guest block. Leipzig fans have criticized what they say are strict admission controls, tweeting that women were almost forced to strip and minors were “touched intimately for no reason”. The club confirmed this in response to a question from dpa on Wednesday. As a result, the scene of active fans decided to dismantle the planned choreography. In addition, fans’ banners were hung upside down in protest.
A strong start
There was still word of mouth support, and the team acted excited by it. Leipzig started by pressing, Werner failed after eight minutes with a shot from a sharp corner. Two minutes later, the international player escaped again through the intersection of the back four of Donetsk. Goalkeeper Anatoly Trubin blocked his attempt, but right in front of Nkunku’s feet. He celebrated his third goal of the season in the premier class in an extremely creative way. Nkunku removed the red balloon from around his neck, popped it and let himself be celebrated with his arms outstretched.
Leipzig’s game was interrupted by the substitution of Werner, Forsberg, who came on in his place, did not make much of an offensive accent at first. But Donetsk had a few dangerous chances but were not consistent enough in the end.
Silva showed the necessary consistency immediately after the break. David Raum’s indirect cross was headed by Mohamed Simakan as a volley from the right to the far post, where Silva stood to punish Trubin’s wavering run. Donetsk now needed three goals, which gave Leipzig room to counterattack.
Leipzig remained undaunted and made the initial decision. Kevin Kampl won the ball on the center line and made a quick pass to Nkunku. The French international served to Shobosla, who rounded and completed Trubin. Rose has now been able to save energy for Saturday’s game at Hoffenheim, dropping Raum, Shobosla and Simakan. And joker Dani Olmo scored a goal with a great shot just 26 seconds after coming on.
Information about the game
Shakhtar Donetsk website
RB Leipzig website
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