Leipzig equal record to draw level with Bay­ern

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BUN­DESLIGA new boys RB Leipzig drew level on 24 points with Bay­ern Mu­nich at the top of the ta­ble yes­ter­day with a record-equalling 3-1 win over Mainz.

Leipzig, who have now matched Bay­ern’s run of seven wins and three draws from their open­ing 10 games, equalled the record for a team in their first Bun­desliga sea­son, set by MSV Duis­burg, who also went ten games un­beaten in the 1993/94 cam­paign.

Timo Werner (two) and Emil Fors­berg scored Leipzig’s goals in a game which threat­ened to turn into a rout as the hosts wasted four clear chances with the score­line flat­ter­ing Mainz, who drop to tenth.

After Bay­ern were held to a 1-1 draw by Hof­fen­heim on Satur­day, Leipzig seized their chance to match the Bavar­ian gi­ants’ points tally, but stay sec­ond on goal dif­fer­ence.

Leipzig, who were only founded in 2009, earned their place in Ger­many’s top flight this sea­son with four pro­mo­tions in seven years.

Their pre-Christ­mas show­down with Bay­ern at the Al­lianz Arena on De­cem­ber 20 is build­ing to be a key clash.

But Leipzig are keep­ing their feet firmly on the ground, re­peat­edly re­ject­ing the tag of ‘ Bay­ern’s Hunters’, which the Ger­man me­dia is ea­ger to be­stow upon them.

“This is a dream, but we won’t blow things up to say we’re hunt­ing Bay­ern,” in­sisted 20-year-old Werner after his two goals.

Schalke con­tin­ued their rise up the ta­ble with a 3-1 win at home to Werder Bre­men as Al­ge­ria’s Na­bil Ben­taleb, on loan from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, net­ted his fourth goal in four Bun­desliga games.

Aus­tria mid­fielder Alessan­dro Schoepf also scored twice for Schalke, who are now un­beaten in their last nine games.

“We have won seven of the last nine games – that’s a huge in­crease,” Schalke mid­fielder Max Meyer told Sky. “We had the game un­der con­trol right from the start.” – AFP

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