Lucky Leipzig leapfrogs Bay­ern once more

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Ber­lin

RB Leipzig knocked Bay­ern Mu­nich off the top of the Bundesliga again af­ter its con­tro­ver­sial 2-1 win at home to Schalke 04 on Satur­day left it three points clear.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bay­ern had re­gained the lead with a 3-1 win at Mainz on Fri­day, but Leipzig, helped by a du­bi­ous penalty, re­placed it less than 24 hours later.

Bay­ern and Leipzig are set to meet at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena on Dec 21 in a mouth­wa­ter­ing pre-Christ­mas show­down.

A sec­ond-half own-goal from Schalke’s Sead Ko­lasinac sealed Leipzig’s win, ex­tend­ing its record un­beaten run to 13 matches in its first sea­son in Ger­many’s top flight.

Leipzig took an early lead in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion as Schalke goal­keeper Ralf Faehrmann con­ceded a penalty with just 19 se­conds on the clock when the ref­eree judged he had made con­tact with RB’s top scorer Timo Werner.

Re­plays showed the Leipzig for­ward dived, but Werner, 20, drilled in his eighth league goal of the sea­son. Faehrmann was booked to add in­sult to in­jury for Schalke.

Werner in­sisted he told ref­eree Bas­tian Dankert that there was no con­tact from Faehrmann, but hit the deck from a push by Schalke de­fender Naldo.

“I’m sorry that it looks like a dive, that wasn’t my in­ten­tion, but there was a push from Naldo,” in­sisted Werner af­ter watch­ing re­plays.

“I told the ref­eree there was no con­tact from Faehrmann, but he didn’t lis­ten to me in the heat of the mo­ment.”

Ref Dankert later ad­mit­ted he made the wrong de­ci­sion.

Long af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, Faehrmann was still fum­ing about the in­ci­dent.

“It’s enough to make you sick. Werner told him (Dankert) that there was no con­tact and I still got a yel­low card,” said the goal­keeper.

Schalke re­gained its com­po­sure and drew level when Bos­nia winger Ko­lasinac drilled in a cross in the 32nd minute.

But the 23-year-old, who has been linked to Liver­pool, turned the ball into his own net two min­utes into the sec­ond half fol­low­ing a free kick from Leipzig’s Swedish winger Emil Fors­berg.

Faehrmann tipped the ball onto the bar to deny a header from Leipzig de­fender Mar­cel Hal­sten­berg 20 min­utes from the end.

With time run­ning out, Schalke’s Brazil cen­ter­back Naldo cleared off the line from Fors­berg.

This was Schalke’s first de­feat in 13 games, dat­ing back to the end of Septem­ber, to leave it eighth.

Else­where, Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang scored twice as Borus­sia Dort­mund pre­pared for their Cham­pi­ons League clash at Real Madrid with a 4-1 rout of Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.


RB Leipzig play­ers and the club’s mas­cot cel­e­brate scor­ing dur­ing their 2-1 Bundesliga vic­tory against Schalke 04 at Red Bull Arena on Satur­day.

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