Leipzig equal record to draw level with Bayern
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. –