Marcel Sabitzer took another very close look. His dream goal in the title race flickered across the screen in slow motion, and the outstanding captain of RB Leipzig commented on it himself. “He jumps up well and hits it right,” said Sabitzer with relish, “the goalkeeper has no chance.”
A “can opener” was this artful shot against Hertha BSC from almost 30 meters, in the end it was 3-0 (1-0) – and the Saxons are suddenly only two points behind Bayern. RB took advantage of the renewed assist by the ailing league leaders and record champions.
“It’s a duel now,” said Sabitzer at Sky, “But we can’t just talk about it, we have to stay tuned, be focused. The n it can be enough in the end.”
Sabitzer, who had initiated the defeat in the Champions League round of 16 against Liverpool with an individual mistake, shone on Sunday: The Austrian skillfully took the lead (28th), which prepared 3-0 through Willi Orban (84th) he is also strong. Nordi Mukiele (71.) had also met in between.
RB Leipzig has problems against Hertha BSC
Meanwhile, the sporting crisis of the Berliners, who had not won eight games, continued. Hertha has as table 15. only one point ahead of a direct relegation zone. Even in the fourth game under coach Pal Dardai, the hoped-for liberation failed.
Leipzig’s starting eleven Hwang Hee-chan failed right at the start due to Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein (5th), but great chances like this remained a rarity despite RB dominance. Leipzig controlled what was happening, but precision was lacking, especially in the last third. Hertha also acted defensively concentrated and managed to keep Leipzig away from their own penalty area.
An intense duel at eye level developed. Khedira helped the blue-whites in the central midfield to stability, which resulted in opportunities. Krzysztof Piatek (18th) missed the ball, as did Dodi Lukebakio (22nd).
The 26-year-old took measurements from the second row and hit the lead that was worth seeing. Jarstein watched the ball in the Hertha goal in amazement. In general, the Berliners looked impressed. Until halfway through, the guests had more gaps, but they didn’t capitalize on them.
Hertha BSC has chances through Lukebakio and Cunha
The Berlin team found the second half well, Lukebakio (50th) and Matheus Cunha (51st) equalized. Overall, the offensive efforts lacked the structure.
The French benefited from a mistake by his fellow countryman Matteo Guendouzi, who had recently been substituted on. Nemanja Radonjic (80th) had the chance to catch up on the other side, instead Orban hit with his head.
Berlin: Jarstein – Klünter, Stark, Dardai – Leckie (60th net), Tousart, Khedira (68th Guendouzi), Mittelstädt – Cunha – Piatek (84th Ngankam), Lukebakio (60th Radonjic). – Trainer: Dardai
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Halstenberg (83rd Konate) – Haidara (59th Mukiele), Sabitzer – Adams, Angelino – Hwang (59th Nkunku), Poulsen (83rd Sörloth), Dani Olmo (79th Kluivert). – Trainer: Nagelsmann
The voices of the coach
Pal Dardai (coach Hertha BSC): “3: 0 – that doesn’t look nice. We got the goals at the worst moments. We have to work hard, we don’t have that little bit of luck at the moment. We have been punished a bit. For the players it’s psychological after the defeats not easy. We don’t panic. ”
Julian Nagelsmann (trainer RB Leipzig): “In the end, the result is a little too high because the opponent wasn’t three goals worse. It’s nice that we’re back on top. To qualify for the Champions League, it’s important to have a bit of rest. We have to stay focused and try to win our games. ”
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