Hasenhuttl revels in maiden Champions League victory

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed his side after earning their first-ever victory in the UEFA Champions League group stages on Tuesday.

Die Bullen recorded a historic 3-2 win over FC Porto, which comes as a remarkable feat for the Bundesliga club who were only formed in 2009.

Stand-in captain Willi Orban, Emil Forsberg and Jean-Kevin Augustin scored for the hosts at the Red Bull Arena, while Vincent Aboubakar and Ivan Marcano netted for the Portuguese giants.

The result moved Leipzig into second place ahead of the Dragons and five points behind Group G leaders Besiktas.

“The pace which we played with today was a joy to see,” Hasenhuttl said after the game. “We did well in switching between defence and attack, and I was also really pleased with our work off the ball.

“The team executed the plan we put in place before the game to a high level. If you’re being really picky you could say that we should have won the game by more and not conceded twice. By doing that, we made things difficult for ourselves.

“You can never get complacent when you have a lead in the Champions League – that’s just asking for trouble. The game was really close until the end, so it was a fully deserved victory.”

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