In the first Sunday game of the 60th Bundesliga season, RB Leipzig cannot win at VfB Stuttgart despite an early Nkunku goal. After the victories of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the Saxons experience a damper at the start.
Second competitive game, second setback: The ambitious cup winners RB Leipzig also missed their first win of the season against their favorite opponent. Coach Domenico Tedesco's team only managed a meager (1-1) win against FC Bayern at VfB Stuttgart a week after the Supercup defeat.
Goalscorer Christopher Nkunku put the unconvincing Leipzig ahead in the eighth minute. Naouirou Ahamada equalized for VfB, who only saved themselves at the last minute last season (31'). It was only the second VfB goal in previous duels against Leipzig.
Tedesco made four changes to his team after the 5-3 defeat by Bayern Munich. Konrad Laimer, who was willing to leave, was absent due to an ankle injury he sustained in training. For the first time for RB, however, left-back Raum, who had signed Leipzig for around 25 million euros from Hoffenheim, ran up.
But the focus was first on Nkunku. The Frenchman completed the first RB chance straight away and picked up where he left off last season. Nkunku had 20 goals (plus 15 assists). After brief initial difficulties, Leipzig clearly kept the pressure on, but failed to step up and quickly ensure clear conditions. This should pay off.
VfB, who initially could hardly free themselves, became more active and were rewarded by Ahamada, who kept an overview from the edge of the penalty area. VfB were able to level the game up until the break, but were unlucky when Konstantinos Mavropanos (45.3) shot into the post.
Stuttgart could have taken the lead shortly after the change when newcomer Josha Vagnoman lifted the ball over the goal from a free position. Leipzig found it difficult to find a gap in the well-stacked VfB defence. Only in the final phase did the favorite shift up a gear again, but failed again and again due to the strong VfB keeper Florian Müller.