A United States youngster has given RB Leipzig a huge early advantage in the Champions League.
Tyler Adams, 18, scored in the 32nd minute as the German Bundesliga team beat Olympiacos 2-0 on Tuesday to get through to the next round of the Champions League.
Adams, who plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, started because of injuries to Marcel Sabitzer and Leon Goretzka.
Leipzig came into the match as heavy underdogs to its Greek opponent, but made a strong start and grabbed the lead in the 32nd minute.
A through ball from Alvaro Gonzalez sent him clear in the right side of the penalty area and he controlled the ball on his chest before curling it inside the left post.
It was a stunning start by Leipzig, one of four teams to qualify from Group E.
Raul Bobadilla came on as a substitute to make it 2-0, poking the ball past Olympiacos goalkeeper Roberto in the 87th minute.
Leipzig had several golden chances in the opening half, including Goretzka’s shot from the edge of the area that was saved by Roberto in the 27th minute and Janik Haberer hitting the post in the 37th.
Leipzig needed to better Sporting Lisbon’s result to have any chance of advancing, and the Portuguese club won 2-1 away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Leipzig could meet Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund, which plays Manchester United on Wednesday, in the round of 16.