RB Leipzig keeps the championship battle of the Bundesliga exciting. The title hunters of coach Julian Nagelsmann struggled to a 1-0 (0-0) at Arminia Bielefeld in the dress rehearsal for the showdown with Bayern Munich, the deficit on the record champions shrank to at least one point until Saturday.
Marcel Sabitzer (46th) scored a week after the setback against Eintracht Frankfurt (1: 1) with his 50th RB goal the goal for the Saxons, who after the international break on April 3 (6.30 p.m. / Sky) were the leaders Munich received for the summit. Bielefeld was not rewarded for a great fight.
The newcomer from East Westphalia suffered a setback five days after the liberating 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen, even if it was not too surprising. The team of coach Frank Kramer could slide back to a relegation zone after the 26th matchday.
“If we lose again, Bayern will be gone” – Nagelsmann’s warning words before the game had apparently reached his team, and the Leipzig team immediately put pressure on them. Kevin Kampl, who will be absent after his fifth yellow card against Bayern, acted as a ball distributor in front of the RB triple chain, but Arminia was overall tightly staggered and ran a great deal of effort.
There were still chances: The Spanish international Dani Olmo came to a conclusion in the initial phase before Stefan Ortega, but missed (4th). Shortly afterwards, the once again convincing Arminia keeper had to intervene for the first time when Emil Forsberg (12th) closed.
The attempts of Marcel Halstenberg (30th) and Tyler Adams (40th) were too imprecise, Christopher Nkunku actually did everything right when he graduated from an acute angle, but Ortega steered the ball with a strong reflex to the crossbar (43rd) . In the back, Leipzig, the best defensive in the league, initially allowed no more than a blocked conclusion from the Japanese Ritsu Doan (41st).
Sabitzer’s goal from close range after strong preparatory work by Olmo gave the guests security shortly after the restart. Leipzig, who are chasing after the first big title in their club history not only in the Bundesliga but also in the DFB Cup this season, immediately pushed for their second goal.
The increasingly tired Bielefeld lay in wait for a counterattack, captain Fabian Klos negligently gave one (56th). On the increasingly poor grass on the Alm it remained refreshingly exciting, with Amadou Haidara’s shot from distance (64th), RB were only a few centimeters short of the preliminary decision. Substitute Hwang Hee-chan was also unsuccessful twelve minutes later.