Missed penal­ties set Bundesliga record as Leipzig goes 3rd

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Missed penal­ties set a Bundesliga record yes­ter­day as pro­moted Leipzig con­tin­ued its re­mark­able start to the sea­son with a 1-0 win at Wolfs­burg to go third.

Emil Fors­berg fired the un­beaten side to its fourth win from seven games, putting it level on points with an­other sur­prise team, Cologne, and just two points be­hind leader Bay­ern Mu­nich.

The Swedish mid­fielder missed the chance to score from the penalty spot in the first half, send­ing his ef­fort to the left of Koen Cas­teels’ goal af­ter the Wolfs­burg goal­keeper had brought down Timo Werner.

It was the fifth missed penalty of the week­end, a record for a sin­gle round of games in the Bundesliga.

An­to­nio-Mirko Co­lak had ear­lier missed a penalty for Darm­stadt in his side's 2-1 loss at lo­cal ri­val Mainz; Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach's An­dre Hahn and Lars Stindl both squan­dered penalty chances in their side's 0-0 draw with Ham­burger SV on Satur­day; and Borus­sia Dort­mund striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang had his spot kick saved by Hertha Ber­lin's Rune Jarstein in the 1-1 draw on Fri­day.

Fors­berg made up for his penalty miss with a bril­liant strike from out­side the penalty area to the top right cor­ner with 20 min­utes re­main­ing. It was the Swede's third league goal of the sea­son, cat­a­pult­ing Leipzig above Hertha in fourth place and Dort­mund in fifth.

Wolfs­burg slipped to 14th af­ter its sixth con­sec­u­tive game with­out a win.

MAINZ 2, DARM­STADT 1

In a game with three penal­ties, Mainz claimed its third win to move sev­enth.

Pablo De Bla­sis fired the home side into a fifth-minute lead, con­vert­ing from close range af­ter Daniel Brosin­ski played the ball over the de­fense for Gae­tan Buss­mann to cross.

Las­zlo Klein­heisler al­most equal­ized when he crashed a vol­ley off the cross­bar, be­fore Jhon Cor­doba missed a good chance on a counter-at­tack at the other end. The Colom­bian later struck the cross­bar.

Co­lak should have made it 1-1 be­fore the break when the first penalty was awarded but Mainz 'keeper Jonas Loessl saved his spot kick.

Yunus Malli made no mis­take with an­other penalty early in the sec­ond half, giv­ing Mainz its two-goal cush­ion.

Co­lak missed an­other chance to pull one back with the goal at his mercy in the 68th, be­fore Jerome Gon­dorf claimed the vis­i­tors’ con­so­la­tion from the third penalty in in­jury time.

Darm­stadt dropped to 15th, one point above Schalke in the rel­e­ga­tion zone Bundesliga

Yes­ter­day Mainz-Darm­stadt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Wolfs­burg-Leipzig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 P W D L F A Pts 7 5 2 0 18 4 17 7 4 3 0 12 4 15 7 4 3 0 12 5 15 7 4 2 1 12 8 14 7 4 1 2 17 7 13 7 3 4 0 13 10 13 7 3 2 2 14 12 11 7 3 2 2 10 8 11 7 3 2 2 10 10 11 7 3 1 3 11 9 10 7 3 0 4 8 11 9 7 2 2 3 6 9 8 7 2 1 4 918 7 7 1 3 3 4 8 6 7 1 2 4 514 5 7 1 1 5 711 4 7 0 2 5 212 2 7 0 1 6 414 1 Bay. Mu­nich Cologne RB Leipzig Hertha Ber­lin Dort­mund Hof­fen­heim Mainz E. Frank­furt B. M’glad­bach B. Lev­erkusen Freiburg Augs­burg W. Bre­men Wolfs­burg Darm­stadt Schalke Ham­burger In­gol­stadt

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