VfB Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig: Ahamada’s Aha moment tames Red Bulls
Domenico Tedesco’s first full season in charge of RB Leipzig suffered a stuttering start, as Die Roten Bullen were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited and determined VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Christopher Nkunku was arguably the Bundesliga’s best player last term, scoring 20 and assisting 15 as Leipzig recovered from a poor start to finish inside the top four. Sharp as ever, the Frenchman needed just eight minutes to pick up where he left off last term, seizing on a clever pass from Dani Olmo and firing into the far corner to give the visitors an early lead. Stuttgart had shown little to indicate they could fight back, but a moment of inspiration from young midfielder Naouirou Ahamada saw him score his first professional goal on the half-hour mark, with a superb curled finish from the edge of the area. Having fought back with such spirit, the hosts could even have gone into HT in front, with Konstantinos Mavropanos rattling the post in first-half stoppage time, leaving Leipzig hanging on at the break. Die Schwaben had never beaten Leipzig in eight previous meetings, but they were finding most of their attacking opportunities on the counter, with Silas Katompa Mvumpa’s pace proving a real problem. Yet, Leipzig’s extra quality in the final third nearly paid dividends, as Olmo and André Silva combined to set up Nkunku, but Florian Müller was equal to the powerful shot. The Stuttgart shot-stopper was called into action again as the minutes ebbed away, making a fine reaction save to deny Willi Orbán’s header, but Stuttgart ultimately stood firm against the odds to take a point. In doing so, they also extended Leipzig’s poor record in their first away game of a Bundesliga season, winning just one of six since promotion.
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