Leipzig advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League. In a ‘final’ for second place in Group F, Marco Rose’s men more than did the job against Chakhtior Donetsk (4-0). The ever-present Christopher Nkunku scored his third goal in Europe this season and provided an assist. Mohamed Simakan also distinguished himself with an assist.
The game: 4-0
In Poland because of the war, the Ukrainian supporters had little reason to cry out. In front of sparse stands, the players of RB Leipzig quickly took the measure of their opponent. It was Timo Werner, well launched who by Christopher Nkunku who lit the first fuse, pushed back by Trubin (10th). But the next minute, the former Parisian did himself justice in a remake of the action. After a new shift for Werner, who again stumbled on the Ukrainian goalkeeper, the former Parisian this time followed and opened the scoring in an empty goal (11th).
Still dominating, despite Werner’s injury exit (15th), Leipzig only managed to double the lead after returning from the locker room. Simakan sent a candle and after a mess, André Silva found himself very happy to put his foot in opposition to make the break.
Third in Group F, Chakthior Donetsk is returned to the Europa League for the third consecutive time.
Dominating in play and intensity, the Germans took advantage of a backlash to widen the gap. Nkunku, found between the lines, perfectly launched Szoboszlai who eliminated Trubin to score in an empty goal (63rd). Ukrainians, stunned, drank the chalice to the dregs with a jewel of Dani Olmo. After a free kick combination, the Spaniard found himself alone on the right side of the surface and took the opportunity to roll his ball into the opposite side netting (68th).
Rarely in difficulty, the German defense still felt a slight thrill on a shot from Mudryk (73rd). The Ukrainian prodigy (21) hit hard at the entrance to the area and if Blaswich was beaten, the strike from the winger did not fall fast enough. Leipzig therefore finished second in Group F, one point behind Real Madrid.
Player: Christopher Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku was everywhere tonight. Omnipresent in the game, the French delighted his partners with subtle deflections and deep passes. Technically easy, he set the pace of the game in a more remote role than usual while remaining the first defender of his team. This did not prevent him from opening the scoring and putting his people on the right track by being on the lookout for a shot from Werner pushed back. Then to offer a caviar to Szoboszlai on a new deflection all in finesse for the 3-0.