thirtieth matchday: Openda scores late: Leipzig fights for victory in Heidenheim | EUROtoday

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RB Leipzig Thanks to a late purpose from striker Lois Openda, they continue to be absolutely on track for the Champions League and have consolidated fourth place within the Bundesliga.

The DFB Cup winner gained at 1. FC Heidenheim on Saturday with 2:1 (1:0) and at the least quickly prolonged the lead over pursuers Borussia Dortmund to a few factors. Perhaps fifth place is sufficient to transfer into the premier class.

Benjamin Sesko (forty second minute) scored in entrance of 15,000 spectators to present Leipzig the lead, who’ve taken 19 of a attainable 21 factors from the final seven video games. Promoter Heidenheim equalized by means of joker Nikola Dovedan (69th), then Openda made the choice in favor of the visitors (eighty fifth). But the FCH has a fairly comfy cushion on the relegation place.

Coach within the stands

Leipzig Yellow-suspended coach Marco Rose watched the sport from the stands and was represented on the sidelines by his assistants Alexander Zickler and Marco Kurth. Since the Saxons had studied the statutes fastidiously, the pinnacle coach was at the least capable of communicate to the workforce throughout the break.

RB had considerably extra possession of the ball within the first half, however hardly any important probabilities. Two photographs from Xavi Simons within the opening part remained innocent, after simply over half an hour Sesko hit the ball into the appropriate facet netting.

The Heidenheimers have been initially safe defensively. They have been ready for counterattacks and Leipzig inaccuracies – like within the eleventh minute. RB defender Castello Lukeba misplaced the ball, however Kevin Sessa didn't know tips on how to punish him and failed with a weak low shot previous goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The Heidenheimers have been all the time searching for their high scorer Tim Kleindienst, who scored twice within the sensational 3-2 win towards FC Bayern Munich two weeks in the past. A header from the 1.94 meter tall striker was no downside for Gulacsi (twenty ninth).

There have been many indicators that the sport can be 0-0 at half-time when the sport immediately picked up velocity once more. Leipzig worldwide David Raum, who was returning after a suspension, crossed from the left facet, the hosts cleared poorly – and Sesko scored powerfully to make it 0-1. The Slovenian was profitable within the third sport in a row – and for the tenth time in whole this Bundesliga season. Sessa nearly supplied a direct reply, however shot over (43').

Hot ultimate part

The second half began poorly from FCH's perspective. Lennard Maloney needed to be substituted after a collision (53'), however then keeper Kevin Müller prevented Leipzig's Openda (56') and Simons (65') from making it 0-2.

Then, out of nowhere, Heidenheim struck again. Dovedan, who had simply come on as an alternative, scored the equalizer with a header from a free kick. A scorching ultimate part adopted. Simons was denied by Müller (72'), Kleindienst on the opposite facet by Gulacsi (77'). At the top of a counterattack and powerful preparatory work by Mohamed Simakan from shut vary, Openda finally ensured Leipzig's victory. It was the Belgian's twenty third purpose of the season – and Leipzig stays unbeaten towards promoted groups in its Bundesliga historical past.

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