RB Leipzig 1-1 Paderborn: Timo Werner shows there’s more to his game than goals as Chelsea-bound striker turns provider but visitors salvage unlikely draw with a late equaliser
- Timo Werner turned provider as he helped RB Leipzig beat struggling Paderborn
- He unselfishly set up Leipzig’s opening goal mid-way through the 45 minutes
- The Chelsea-bound striker showed there was more to his game than goals
Timo Werner turned provider to show there’s more to his game than goals but a late Paderborn equaliser denied 10-man RB Leipzig a crucial victory.
The Chelsea-bound forward unselfishly set up Leipzig’s opening goal, getting away down the left to provide a perfect cut-back for Patrik Schick to slot in his tenth goal of the season.
But Dayot Upamecano’s red card just before half-time would prove to be costly as the visitors were rewarded for their perseverance with an unlikely point.
Timo Werner turned provider to show there’s more to his game than goals by turning provider
The Chelsea-bound striker worked tirelessly up front for his side after they were reduced to ten
The 24-year-old’s direct runs at speed caused problems for the relegation-threatened side
Dayot Upamecano’s red card just would prove to be costly as Paderborn claimed a point
Leipzig dominated the early stages with Werner’s threatening runs causing problems for the away side.
Paderborn had little to cheer about in the first 45 minutes but Klaus Gjasula did set a joint Bundesliga record for yellow cards, picking up his sixteenth booking of the season for clattering into Nordi Mukiele.
But the visitors were given a lifeline just before half-time when centre-back Upamecano was sent off for kicking the ball away.
The centre-back had already been booked when he kicked the ball away in frustration
The defender had already been booked earlier in the half and was given his marching orders for reacting to the referee’s decision to award a free-kick against him.
Paderborn were able to make the extra man count, albeit not until the final stages.
Peter Gulacsi could only push Marlon Ritter’s effort back into the penalty area following a corner and Christian Strohdiek was the first to react to fire home from close range.
Peter Gulacsi could only push Marlon Ritter’s shot back into the penalty area after a corner
Paderborn captain Christian Strohdiek was the first to react to fire home from close range
Werner had cut a lone figure in the Leipzig attack during the second half but showed willingness to chase down the Paderbon defence and his hard work was almost rewarded when he intercepted a back pass from left-back Jamilu Collins and threaded the ball through the legs of the on-rushing Zingerle.
The striker had largely an open goal to aim at but with two defenders rushing back, could only send his effort wide of the post.
The result means Julian Nagelsmann’s side stay third and extended their lead over Borussia Monchengladbach to three points after they were defeated by Freiburg on Friday.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side stay third but increased their lead over Borussia Monchengladbach
Werner had a chance to make it 2-0 to the hosts but was unable to steer his effort into the net
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