Freiburg’s failure against Union on Saturday was a through ball for Leipzig in the fight for the Champions League. It was an offer the Bulls couldn’t give up. They won impressively.
Grass ball sport Leipzig won again after three failures in a row and opened the doors to the Champions League.
André Silva (40th), Christopher Nkunku with a brace (48th and 57th) and Emil Forsberg with a penalty (64th) ensured an uncontested home win against weak Augsburg, who had already secured his place in the championship before kick-off.
A draw on the final day of play in Bielefeld should be enough for Leipzig to secure a place in the Champions League. Freiburg would have to win in Leverkusen with a difference of 22 goals to still be able to enter the premier class.
So the game went
Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco had called for an “now more than ever” mentality after the setbacks at the end of the season. Then, of all, there was the support of eastern rivals Union Berlin, who won 4-1 in Freiburg and thus supported the unpopular “can club” in the fight for the premier class.
Tedcesco – in a white shirt and with his sleeves rolled up – this time was forced to rotate because Josko Gvardiol had to give up on short notice due to a knee injury and Mohamed Simakan was booked. Also, Angeliño got a break. Marcel Halstenberg and Nordi Mukiele were in the XI holder. Emil Forsberg got the preference for Dani Olmo and in attack Silva was allowed to play for Yussuf Poulsen.