Forsberg penalty saves Leipzig after phone pair excluded

Emil Forsberg (on left) scored Leipzig’s goal against Eintracht Frankfurt. (AP pic)

BERLIN: Sweden playmaker Emil Forsberg converted a second-half penalty for RB Leipzig at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday in a 1-1 draw with France junior internationals Jean-Kévin Augustin and Nordi Mukiele dropped in a row over their use of mobile phones.

Furious Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick threw the French Under-21 talent out of the squad for the Bundesliga match at Frankfurt after the pair were caught using their phones – breaking team protocol – in the build-up to Thursday’s 3-2 Europa League home defeat against Red Bull Salzburg.

“The boys (striker Augustin and midfielder Mukiele) will be back in the squad for training tomorrow, and I hope they paid attention to this warning,” said Rangnick after the draw in Frankfurt.

“The topic is now closed for us and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s league game against VfB Stuttgart.”

Hosts Frankfurt went ahead against Leipzig when Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes took advantage of disruption in the Leipzig defence to score the opening goal on 26 minutes with RB centre-back Wili Orban off the pitch.

The burly Leipzig defender was being treated for injury on the sidelines when Fernandes fired home a rebound after a save from Leipzig goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi.

Germany striker Timo Werner then wasted a chance to equalise late in the first half. The Leipzig forward mistimed his header and sent the ball over.

After a determined start to the second half, Leipzig were rewarded when Forsberg equalised from the penalty spot on 54 minutes after his cross had been handled by Filip Kostić.

The opportunities then came thick and fast for Leipzig as Forsberg fired wide from close range and Werner was unable to convert a late chance.