What seemed to be impossible has finally happened, Real Madrid has suffered their first defeat of their season and it came in a rather dramatic fashion.
RB Leipzig has done something that teams like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid couldn’t. They have handed Real Madrid their first defeat of the season. And brought an end to their impeccable winning streak of 14 games.
It was a very fascinating game between Madrid and Leipzig that saw a total of 5 goals being scored.
Highly against the grain, it was Leipzig who took the lead early on in the game. It was chaos at the back for Real Madrid, who didn’t have the likes of Alaba on field.
RB Leipzig made the most of it to score their first goal from a corner. A clean header into the net by Josko Gvardiol gave them the lead.
Nkunku and Timo Wener rise to occasion for RB Leipzig
Christopher Nkunku, Chelsea’s transfer target doubled the lead just 5 minutes later. Another chaotic defending resulted in a one-on-one situation. And Nkunku kept a level head to finish it past Courtois.
Vinicius Jr. pulled one goal back in the first half itself to give some hope to his team. His powerful header from outside the 6-yard-box beat Blaswich to make the score line 2-1.
This goal gave Madrid a glimmer of hope that a comeback was indeed possible.
That was until Timo Werner put a lid on the match by scoring the third goal of the game in the 84th minute. It was another defensive error by Edgar Militao, who failed to spot the run of Werner.
The German forward slipped between the defenders to finish a tap in goal at the end of Simakan’s cross.
Madrid got a late Penalty awarded in the 90+ minutes. But the game by them had gone far out of their reach. Rodrygo converted the penalty for a consolation goal.
Yet, the Madrid team failed to make the miraculous comeback that they have become acquainted with over the past season or so.
Benzema, Kroos and Modric’s absense results in loss for Real Madrid
The biggest flaw in their game seemed to be the midfield which was lacking Modric and Kroos. They were not able to dictate terms as Madrid would have liked to. Hence, the chances went pegging and Leipzig managed a hold of the game early on, which they failed to give up.
Apart from a blow to their ego, this loss should do much hard to Madrid. They have already qualified for the knock out round of the tournament. And a victory in their final group stage game would ensure their top of the table finish.
Leipzig on the other hand has reduced their deficit of 4 points to 1 at the top of the table. And they will be hoping for Madrid to draw or lose their final game. So that the German side can end the group stage as table toppers.