Vizemister RB Leipzig attracts a UEFA and FIFA decision into the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The eighth-final pairings against Spartak Moscow were canceled.
No duel with Spartak Moscow – RB Leipzig stands with a frilot in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. In the course of the exclusion of Russian teams by the European Football Union (UEFA) and the World Association of FIFA, Leipzig’s eighth-final pairings were also canceled against Russia Vizemeister Spartak (10th and 17th of March).
The plan to leave the second leg on neutral soil was discarded. The reason for the far-reaching measure is the attack of Russia on Ukraine.
There is no new opponent through a reverse procedure for Leipzig. The team of coach Domenico Tedesco, the Spartak trained between 2019 and 2021, can plan for the round of the last eight (7th and 14th of April). The eighth place had reached Leipzig by a part-round success against the Spanish representative Real Sociedad San Sebastian.
Tedesco had critically expressed a potential boycott after the league success at VfL Bochum on Sunday (1: 0). “The story shows that it always meets the false, primarily the athletes and the fans,” he said. To a meeting with the round “60 people” from Russia, which would have written to him after the draw and would be happy to see me again, “it will not come.
The Causa Moscow had superimposed the Leipzig attractsing success at RB on Sunday and the continuation of the success series in the Bundesliga. “The current situation is bad,” Tedesco said about the Russian attack on Ukraine: “War is absolutely no solution – in any situation.”
Involuntarily Leipzig has now come a step closer to the dream of the first title of the club history. The goal of the Saxony is the achievement of the final on May 18 in Seville. In the current form, a triumph seems quite possible.
Although RB had in Bochum weakness phases, by the late hit of substitute Christopher Nkunku (82nd), the sixth victory in the past seven league games achieved. In the race for the new Champions League qualification is Leipzig as a fourth on course.
“We are very happy about the three points. We have defended very well,” said Tedesco: “The result is in the end maybe a bit happy due to the second half. Bochum was there a bit closer to the 1-0.”
The much larger title chance has RB meanwhile in the DFB Cup. On Wednesday (18:30 / SKY) RB guests in the quarterfinals at the second division Hannover 96.