Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig – Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League last season and they’re showing no signs of slowing down in 2022/23. Los Merengues have enjoyed a perfect start to the new season on all fronts as they welcome German side RB Leipzig to the Bernabeu in the second matchday of the Champions League group stage.
Real Madrid have won all seven matches they have played so far, including last week’s Champions League group stage opener at Celtic Park in Scotland (3-0). Top scorer Karim Benzema picked up an injury in that match, but they haven’t missed a beat without their captain. Vinicius Jr. and Brazilian compatriot Rodrygo have picked up the slack in recent matches.
RB Leipzig were upset in a 4-1 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 1 of the group stage and that cost manager Domenico Tedesco his job. He was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose, who promptly recorded a 3-0 win against his former club over the weekend.
The Germans hope that the Bundesliga result kickstarts their season — they sit in 10th place in the Bundesliga standings, but only six points out of first place — and the good vibes carry over to the Bernabeu, where they will try to execute on their quickfire transitions to hurt the Madridistas, with speedy forward Timo Werner likely to have a prominent role.
The Sporting News will be following the Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig live score
Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig live updates, highlights from Champions League
57th min.: Better start from Real Madrid who have a tad more urgency. But Real Madrid are getting frustrated as Rodrygo and Simakan go nose-to-nose at one point. Real These are moments where Real Madrid are missing their injured captain Karim Benzema.
46th min.: Second half is underway. No changes.
Halftime: Real Madrid 0, RB Leipzig 0
Halftime: Real Madrid are not themselves and they’re about to get a talking to from manager Carlo Ancelotti. The defending champions were sleepwalking through that first half and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the only one who was alert. With a little more lucky, Leipzig could’ve had the lead. We’ll see if Madrid can turn up the intensity in the second half.
43rd min.: Real Madrid penalty shout! But it wasn’t given! Italian referee Maurizio Mariani looks the other way despite the fact that Schlager clatters into the back of Luka Modric in the Leipzig box. The referee may have felt he went down too easily.
38th min.: Of course the best Real Madrid chance is a header by Antonio Rudiger that isn’t clean enough to trouble Leipzig’s ‘keeper.
34th min.: Leipzig chance. The visitors should’ve taken the lead. Madrid are lifeless, and Timo Werner just waltzes through the backline and delivers a cross into the six-yard box that a sliding Nkunku can’t reach. Madrid are lucky not to be down at home.
28th min.: Leipzig chance … again! In the space between the lines Timo Werner scoops the ball ahead to Nkunku who pokes the ball off charging goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. This has not been a characteristic Madrid performance.
20th min.: Leipzig chance. This one also comes in transition and Timo Werner tees up Emil Forsberg, but he can’t get the shot on target from the top of the box. He could’ve done better there.
Real Madrid are not taking many risks, and Leipzig are organized on defense. It’s a perfect start for the German side and the record Champions League winners are frustrated.
10th min.: Leipzig chance. Nkunku again dangerous and he goes down in the Madrid box, sandwiched by Dani Carvajal and Nacho. No whistle from the referee. It wasn’t so clear-cut on the replay. Probably a good no-call.
10th min.: Real Madrid has had a quiet start. Then again it doesn’t look like the field conditions are helping much.
5th min.: Chance Leipzig! Nkunku runs onto a pass straight through the middle of the Madrid defense, but Thibaut Courtois is ready to stop the shot, conceding a corner. Nothing comes of it.
1st min.: We’re off. Leipzig get us started. Real Madrid in white, Leipzig in black.
5 minutes to kickoff: Teams are on the field and the Champions League hymn is filling the Bernabeu.
30 minutes to kickoff: It’s all about the little details:
30 minutes to kickoff: Luka Modric is starting to set or tie all the “oldest player to …” records.
1 hour to kickoff: It’s Germany vs. Spain, Part 3 in this Champions League. Not many are predicting a clean sweep for the Bundesliga sides.
Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig lineups, team news
Carlo Ancelotti will have to do without Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, and center-back Eder Militao, who’s back in training, but won’t be risked with the Madrid derby on tap this Sunday in La Liga. Right-back Alvaro Odriozola is available off the bench after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Rodrygo gets the start over Eden Hazard after the former outplayed the latter with a goal and assist last weekend against Mallorca. Nacho will wear the captain’s armband.
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Courtois (GK) — 2-Carvajal, 22-Rudiger, 6-Nacho, 4-Alaba — 10-Modric, 18-Tchouameni, 12-Camavinga — 15-Valverde, 21-Rodrygo, 20-Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid subs (10): 13-Lunin (GK), 26-Lopez (GK), 16-Odriozola, 5-Vallejo, 23-Mendy, 8-Kroos, 19-Ceballos, 11-Asensio, 7-Hazard, 24-Mariano
Leipzig manager Marco Rose has a handful of key injury absences, chief among them being playmaker Dani Olmo (knee ligament injury), defender Lukas Klostermann (ankle injury in first match of the Bundesliga season), and now key midfield dynamo Konrad Laimer (left ankle ligaments), who picked up his injury over the weekend. At least forward Yussuf Poulsen was back on the bench last weekend and is available again.
RB Leipzig starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Gulacsi (GK) — 2-Simakan, 4-Orban, 37-Diallo, 22-Raum — 8-Haidara, 24-Schlager — 18-Nkunku, 10-Forsberg, 17-Szoboszlai — 11-Werner
RB Leipzig subs (8): 21-Blaswich (GK), 32-Gvardiol, 23-Halstenberg, 39-Henrichs, 44-Kampl, 38-Novoa Ramos, 9-Poulsen, 19-Silva.
Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig TV channel, live stream
|Australia||Thu, Sept. 15||05:00 AEST||—||Stan Sport|
|Canada||Wed, Sept. 14||15:00 ET||—||DAZN|
|Hong Kong||Thu, Sept. 15||03:00 HKST||beIN Sports 5||beIN Sports Connect|
|India||Thu, Sept. 15||00:30 IST||Sony Six||JioTV, Sony LIV|
|Malaysia||Thu, Sept. 15||03:00 MT||—||beIN Sports Connect|
|New Zealand||Thu, Sept. 15||07:00 NZST||—||Spark Sport|
|Singapore||Thu, Sept. 15||03:00 SST||—||beIN Sports Connect|
|UK||Wed, Sept. 14||20:00 BST||BT Sport 4||BT Sport site/app|
|USA||Wed, Sept. 14||15:00 ET||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX+|
UK: The Champions League group stage match between Real Madrid and RB Leipzig will be televised on BT Sport 4, and it can be streamed on both the BT Sport app and website.
USA: In the United States, the match from the Bernabeu will be televised on UniMas and TUDN, two channels that are both streamed on fuboTV. The match will also be streamed in English on CBS’s subscription-based platform Paramount+ and on the Univision Spanish-language streaming service ViX+.
Canada: Every Champions League match all season long is streamed in Canada via DAZN.
Australia: Every Champions League match all season long is streamed in Australia via Stan Sport.