RB Leipzig were back to winning ways on Sunday as they picked up all three points in their win over Stuttgart, who had a man sent off early on in the game.
Second-half goals from Amadou Haidara and Emil Forsberg handed Julian Nagelsmann‘s their 19th win of the season to keep them in second place and extend Bayern Munich‘s eventual title coronation to at least next week.
The visitors played most of the game with ten men after Naouirou Ahamada was shown a straight red card in the 14th minute for a two-footed tackle, with VAR intervening to upgrade his yellow card to red.
However, the hosts couldn’t capitalize on their numerical advantage in the first half, despite having a total of nine-goal attempts.
But what looked like a frustrating afternoon turned around for Leipzig immediately after the restart, with Amadou Haidara opening the scoring in the 46th minute. The midfielder broke the deadlock with a powerful header from Dani Olmo’s corner.
They scored their next goal 22 minutes later through an Emil Forsberg penalty conceded by Konstantinos Mavropanos.
The goal was Leipzig’s 20th goal attempt of the day. On the other hand, Stuttgart ended the match with just two shots (none on target), had to wait until the 78th minute to register their first attempt at goal in the match.
The win ensured that Leipzig qualify for next season’s Champions League and remain in the second position, seven points behind Bayern in the first place. At the same time, Stuttgart, who extended their losing run to four games, occupy the tenth place.
Leipzig are back in action on the 4th of May when they play Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal semi-finals before facing Borussia Dortmund on the 8th of May in Bundesliga. While Stuttgart hosts Augsburg on the 7th of May in the Bundesliga.
We wanted to show a reaction after the last game. We did exactly that. Of course, the red card helped us. At halftime, we planned to cross more often; that worked well for the first goal.Emil Forsberg, RB Leipzig
Of course, it’s hard to produce fireworks when the opponent is so deep. We scored a very nice goal to make it 1-0 with our first attack after the break, but it was a game where we could have scored four or five goals.Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig