Leipzig equal record to draw level with Bay­ern

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

BUN­DESLIGA new kids RB Leipzig drew level with Bay­ern Mu­nich on 24 points at the top of the ta­ble on Novem­ber 6 with a 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 10 games un­beaten in the 1993-94 cam­paign.

Timo Werner scored a brace and Emil Fors­berg added one as Leipzig threat­ened to rout the hosts, who wasted four clear chances on their way to drop­ping to tenth in the ta­ble.

Af­ter Bay­ern were held to a 1-1 draw by Hof­fen­heim on Novem­ber 5, Leipzig seized a chance to match the Bavar­ian gi­ants’ points tally, but stay sec­ond on goal dif­fer­ence.

Leipzig, 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,” said 20-year-old Werner af­ter his two goals.

Left winger Fors­berg had his shot blocked, but Werner tapped home the re­bound to take the lead with his fourth goal of the sea­son.

Werner re­turned the favour by out­sprint­ing Mainz’s Nige­rian de­fender Leon Ba­lo­gun and steered the ball into Fors­berg’s path for the Swe­den in­ter­na­tional to dou­ble their lead at 21 min­utes.

A minute from the break, Fors­berg also sprinted past Ba­lo­gun be­fore squar­ing for Werner, who fired home off his left foot to make it 3-0 at the break.

Mainz pulled a goal back 16 min­utes from time when Bell out jumped his marker from a cor­ner and placed his header into the net.

Schalke, un­beaten in their last nine games, con­tin­ued their rise 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.

The Royal Blues are 12th in the ta­ble hav­ing climbed up from the bot­tom, af­ter los­ing all of their first five league matches, while Bre­men drop back into the rel­e­ga­tion places and are 16th.

Bre­men’s Serge Gnabry, who has been called up to the Ger­many squad for the Novem­ber 11 World Cup qual­i­fier against San Marino and friendly against Italy four days later, net­ted a first-half penalty for Bre­men. –

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