A few months ago, he celebrated success in the Puskás Arena, but on Tuesday night, Péter Gulácsi and Willi Orbán left the home of our eleven national members in frustration. Our national team RB Leipzig was 2-0 behind Liverpool in the first match of the eighth final of the Football Champions League.
Walking towards the stadium, it is as if we do not even see the home of the Hungarian national team: instead of the usual red-white-green lights, the Puskás Arena is just red and white, instead of the molinos supporting the national team, a picture of bulls appears on the edge of the field, the speaker he shouts ringing words into the frosty night, instead of the composition of Ferenc Erkel, other melodies are played on the stagnant stands.
Searching for familiar faces, we can only discover one thing: the unbreakable Péter Gulácsi from the starting team, who wears his club team, Leipzig, instead of the Hungarian national team jersey. Next to it, however, we would look for Willi Orban in vain: despite the fact that two members of our national team were ringing the Champions League match against Liverpool on RB Leipzig’s Facebook page, to a minor surprise, one of them was not there in the starting lineup. This time, Julian Nagelsmann started with four defenders instead of the usual three-wing line-up, and this change was regretted by Willi Orbán, who only took a seat on the bench at the time of the opening whistle.
On the other hand, defending Liverpool would be a surprise if it weren’t a surprise: instead of the injured, team captain Jordan Henderson, who had been promoted from midfielder to inside defender this time around, was followed by Ozan Kabak, who was certified in the winter. The duo played together against Leicester for the first time on Saturday, and due to a wave of injuries hitting a six-time BL winner, they are already the 17th pair that Jürgen Klopp had to throw in this season.
In the first moments of the match, the less accustomed Liverpool defense was tested by the “home” attackers and almost capitulated. Angelino’s Olmo put the ball on a plate for him and instead of hitting it with his right foot it cannoned of his left shin wide of the goal.
In the sequel, Liverpool took the lead, in the 32nd minute Robertson only tried to take over Gulács, but he also succeeded. Four minutes later, Firmino also took the lead, though the hit was invalidated by the referee. The “guests” despite their superiority were prevented by inaccuracy in scoring, so the sides turned 0-0.
Leipzig came out with paprika for the second half of the game, his attackers tried in vain, their positions were missed, and this, as usual, soon took revenge. Taking advantage of two defensive errors, Liverpool scored two goals in five minutes: first catching Sabitzer’s sold ball, Salah was successful, and later hit his “partner” after Mané Mukiele’s orbital buck.
In those moments, an interesting change took place at the two small benches: Jürgen Klopp, who had soared in the corner of the area allotted to him so far, blew out a little in the knowledge of the two-goal advantage and stepped back until his colleague first appeared in the rectangle.
Julian Nagelsmann got bored of the Leipzig defensive bucks in the 64th minute and sent Willi Orban to the field, but he couldn’t do a miracle either. This time, the “home field” did not bring any luck to Péterék, and they can expect a rematch to be held on March 10 from a two-goal disadvantage.
RB Leipzig–Liverpool 0-2 (0-0)
Scorers: Salah (53rd), Mané (58th)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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