RB Leipzig has moved closer to leaders Bayern Munich again in the Bundesliga, but has to do without defender Dayot Upamecano for good. The runner-up in the table defeated FC Augsburg with a deserved 2: 1 (2: 0) at home in the Leipziger Kühlhaus with minus eight degrees and reduced the gap to Bayern at least temporarily to four points.
The Spaniard Dani Olmo (38./Foul penalty) and Christopher Nkunku (43.) scored the goals for Saxony with his fourth goal of the season. Augsburg shortened by Daniel Caligiuri (76./Foul penalty). Bayern will end the 21st matchday on Monday with the home game against Arminia Bielefeld (8.30 p.m.)
Defense chief Upamecano (22) was not in the starting line-up against Augsburg, but was the man of the evening. Bayern confirmed the change during the game. “We had very good, intensive and professional discussions with Dayot and his advisor Volker Struth for many months,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic image– Newspaper: “Upamecano is a young player whose qualities are already extraordinarily developed.”
Thanks to an exit clause, the change is possible for 42.5 million euros. Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC are also said to have shown interest. At Bayern, the French international David Alaba will replace and rejuvenate the defense of the club world champions.
RB sports director Markus Krösche did not want to confirm the deal at halftime. “Basically, Upamecano has a release clause – I can’t say more about that,” said Krösche.
RB Leipzig – FC Augsburg: Referee Zwayer can repeat penalties
Upamecano watched against Augsburg and should be spared for the first leg of the first leg in the Champions League on Tuesday against Liverpool in Budapest (9 p.m.). But even without their defensive boss, the Leipzigers had the game under control and were quickly up to operating temperature despite the freezing cold.
Augsburg, however, showed a staid idea, the discussions about coach Heiko Herrlich are likely to intensify again, although manager Stefan Reuter recently made a clear commitment to the coach.
Augsburg had a lot of trouble with the Leipzig pace, only knew how to help itself with fouls a few times. Captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Marek Suchy saw yellow early on, although Suchy’s use against Willi Orban should have been punished with red. The Augsburg attack was only aimed at the player, Orban was still able to continue.
It got hectic in the middle of the first half. Referee Felix Zwayer (Berlin) pointed to the point after an alleged foul by Augsburg’s Reece Oxford on Nordi Mukiele. FCA keeper Rafal Gikiewicz received the yellow card for complaining. Gikiewicz was able to save Olmo’s penalty, but was not on the line. On the second try, Olmo safely converted.