September 19, (THEWILL) – RB Leipzig got off to a flying 3-1 start in the opening group game of the 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League tie against Young Boys, taking the lead just three minutes in courtesy of Mohammed Simakan’s header from a David Raum corner kick.
The Bundesliga side looked threatening throughout the first half, with Dutch youngster, Xavi Simons, at the heart of several dangerous attacks. However, the Swiss champions gradually grew into the game, and Meschack Elia equalised in the 33rd minute after being set up by Filip Ugrinic. The first half ended on a sour note as Leipzig players confronted the referee following some heavy challenges.
The second half saw both keepers deny the opposition on several occasions, with Marco Rose visibly frustrated after Xavi Simons had a penalty appeal turned down and saw a goal disallowed for offside. The breakthrough finally came in the 73rd minute when Xaver Schlager’s clinical finish put Leipzig back in front.
The late pressure aside, the Bundesliga side held on to seal a 3-1 victory, with substitute Benjamin Šeško adding a third deep into stoppage time on the counter attack.
Both teams will now return to domestic action after the pulsating UCL game. Leipzig travel to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday looking to build on an unbeaten start, while Young Boys host Lugano the following day.