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RB Leipzig held at home by Monaco on European debut

Round-up: RB Leipzig held at home by Monaco on European debut
By Reuters

13/09/2017 at 22:44Updated 13/09/2017 at 22:57

RB Leipzig were held to 1-1 draw at home by AS Monaco as they made their Champions League debut only eight years after being founded on Wednesday.

Both goals came in a two-minute spell during the first half with Emil Forsberg putting the Bundesliga side ahead and Youri Tielemans immediately replying for last season's semi-finalists in the Group G game.

Leipzig's Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v AS Monaco in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 13, 2017.

Leipzig's Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v AS Monaco in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 13, 2017.Getty Images

It was the first time a team from Leipzig had played a European club competition game since Lokomotiv Leipzig, now in the fourth tier, hosted Diego Maradona's Napoli in 1988 in what was then East Germany.

Monaco's Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans celebrates scoring the 1-1 goal during the Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v AS Monaco in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 13, 2017.

Monaco's Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans celebrates scoring the 1-1 goal during the Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v AS Monaco in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 13, 2017.Getty Images

Leipzig were only officially founded in 2009 after buying the licence of fifth-tier SVV Markranstadt and quickly rose through the ranks with the financial backing of the Red Bull energy drinks company, finishing second on their Bundesliga debut last season.

Forsberg scored their first European goal when he was set free down the left and sprinted 30 metres before planting the ball past Diego Benaglio.

They barely had time to celebrate before Fabinho's cross from the right was headed back across goal by Adama Diakhaby to Tielemens whose first effort was well-saved by Peter Gulacsi but the Belgian forward snapped up the rebound.

Thanks to that draw in Germany Besiktas top Group G thanks to a 3-1 win away at Porto courtesy of goals from Anderson Talisca, Cenk Tosun and Ryan Babel.

The other game in Liverpool's group finished 1-1 as Maribor held Spartak Moscow at home but the match was dominated by a flare fired onto the pitch that nearly struck the referee.

In Manchester City's goal Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Napoli 2-1.

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