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Leipzig launched their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory over the Swiss champions, Young Boys, on Tuesday. The deciding goal, netted by substitute Benjamin Šeško, came during injury time and resulted from a skillfully executed counterattack initiated by Benjamin Henrichs following a Young Boys corner.
The home team had a jittery start, with Leipzig initiating relentless attacks right from the beginning, creating three excellent scoring opportunities within the first two minutes. Their breakthrough came in the third minute when Mohamed Simakan scored from a corner.
Xavi Simons consistently posed a threat, deftly dribbling past Young Boys’ defenders and narrowly missing a chance to double the lead in the 13th minute.
Gradually, Young Boys settled into the match as the first half progressed. Ulisses Garcia delivered a cross that led to Filip Ugrinic laying off the ball for Meschack Elia, who skillfully placed it into the corner of the net in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Simons believed he should have been awarded a penalty after it appeared that he was tripped by Young Boys’ goalkeeper, Anthony Racioppi, as he maneuvered past him. However, following a review of video replays, referee Enea Jorgji made a different ruling and cautioned Kevin Kampl for his protests.
Despite this setback, Leipzig maintained their proactive approach, and even though Benjamin Šeško had a goal disallowed due to an offside decision via VAR, Xaver Schlager ultimately found the back of the net in the 77th minute.
Šeško’s goal occurred as Young Boys pushed forward in pursuit of an equalizer.
In the other Group G matchup, defending champions Manchester City hosted Red Star Belgrade later on Tuesday.