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RB Leipzig botches Bundesliga premiere in Cologne

Leipzig coach Saban Uzun in the stadium / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa
Leipzig coach Saban Uzun in the stadium / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

The women of RB Leipzig have fluffed their Bundesliga premiere. The team of coach Saban Uzun lost 1:2 (1:1) at 1. FC Köln on Sunday. Marleen Schimmer (5th minute) gave the Rhinelanders the lead, while Sandra Starke (13th minute), who transferred to Leipzig from VfL Wolfsburg, equalized. Sharon Beck (62nd) put Cologne in front again. Leipzig had to play shorthanded from the 66th minute, as Julia Landenberger saw a yellow card. On the opposite side Martyna Wiankowska (81.) flew by traffic light map of the place.

The guests from Leipzig, which created in the previous week in the cup with one 7:0 with the second league leader FSV Gütersloh the jump in the eighth final, were caught cold with the counter goal, took afterwards however the reins in the hand. Through Bundesliga-experienced Starke, who scored with a header after a corner, RB came to a deserved equalizer. After that, both teams strengthened their defensive lines, without coming to great scoring chances.

After the change, FC captain Beck scored (62nd): After the RB defense could not clear the ball cleanly, she took off from an acute angle on the right and slammed the ball over the bottom of the crossbar into the goal. Seven minutes later, Cologne could have done it all, but Leipzig goalkeeper Elvira Johanna Herzog parried Natalia Padilla-Bidas' shot into the short corner.

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