Pro­moted Leipzig beats Bre­men 3-1 to move 2nd in Bun­desliga

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Naby Keita struck twice as pro­moted Leipzig con­tin­ued its re­mark­able run by beat­ing Werder Bre­men 3-1 yes­ter­day to go sec­ond in the Bun­desliga.

Keita scored in both halves as Leipzig, still un­beaten for a Bun­desliga record eight games, closed to within two points of leader Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Keita broke the dead­lock min­utes be­fore the break. The Guinea mid­fielder had a for­tu­nate bounce of the ball to get past one de­fender, pro­duced a quick turn of foot to go past an­other, and then rounded the goal­keeper to score his third league goal from a clos­ing an­gle.

Serge Gnabry might have equal­ized af­ter the break but Leipzig de­fender Bernardo made a cru­cial in­ter­ven­tion to cut out Theodor Ge­bre Se­lessie’s cross. Bre­men hit the post from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Vis­it­ing ‘keeper Felix Wied­wald made a good save to deny Emil Fors­berg from dis­tance and then Yus­suf Poulsen from

But Keita grabbed his sec­ond with 15 min­utes re­main­ing, head­ing home for­mer Bre­men striker Davie Selke’s per­fect cross. The 21-year-old Selke, who started on the bench, had been Bre­men’s great hope for the fu­ture be­fore switch­ing be­tween the sides last year.

Gnabry pulled one back a minute later, slid­ing in to reach a cross af­ter Ous­man Man­neh had surged through the mid­dle.

Selke rubbed salt in the vis­i­tors’ wounds with the third goal on a coun­ter­at­tack deep in in­jury time. He didn’t cel­e­brate.

Leipzig had been the first pro­moted side to re­main un­beaten af­ter seven Bun­desliga games since Kaiserslautern in 1997-98. ‘Lautern, which lost its eighth game, went on to win the ti­tle that sea­son.

In the sec­ond match yes­ter­day, Schalke trashed Mainz with a com­fort­able 3-0 vic­tory. the re­bound.

GER­MANY Bun­desliga

Yes­ter­day RB Leipzig-SV Werder Bre­men ......... 3-1 Schalke-Mainz .................................. 3-0

Stand­ings

Bay­ern Mu­nich 8 RB Leipzig 8 Hertha Berlin 8 Hoffenheim 8 1. FC Koln 8 Dort­mund 8 Eint. Frank­furt 8 Freiburg 8 Mainz 8 B. M’glad­bach 8 B. Leverkusen 8 Augsburg 8 Darmstadt 8 Schalke 8 Werder Bre­men 8 Wolfs­burg 8 In­gol­stadt 8 Ham­burger SV 8 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 3 2 4 3 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 0 20 4 0 15 6 1 14 9 0 16 10 1 13 6 2 20 10 2 13 8 4 10 12 3 14 15 3 10 12 4 11 12 4 7 11 4 8 15 5 10 11 5 10 21 4 5 11 6 7 17 6 2 15 20 18 17 16 15 14 14 12 11 11 10 8 8 7 7 6 2 2

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