Leipzig equal record to draw level with Bayern
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