Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig climbed to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, winning 3-0 in Freiburg and later replacing former leader Bayern Munich, who hosted Dortmund in Germany’s Klassiker.
Christopher Nkunku, Alexander Sørloth and Emil Forsberg scored goals in Freiburg, one point ahead of Leipzig, home of Dortmund (1730GMT).
“It was a mature performance,” Leipzig sports director Markus Krösche told Sky.
“Anything is possible,” he replied when Leipzig was asked if he could stop Bayern from achieving his ninth straight title this season.
Leipzig was impressed with the final adjustments and lost the first leg 2-0 before playing Liverpool in Budapest next Wednesday in the last 16 Champions League games.
Leipzig took the lead in Freiburg after a failure in the first half by home goalkeeper Florian Müller.
The loose pass from behind him was snapped by Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen.
Sørloth continued to look great and changed Nkunku’s assist in the middle of the second half.
The Norwegian, who scored the final winner at Mönchengladbach a week ago, set up Forsberg, who hit Leipzig’s third goal 11 minutes later.
Wolfsburg in 3rd place is Leipzig’s 8-point drift, which stumbled upon a 2-1 defeat at mid-table Hoffenheim, where striker Andrej Kramarić scored a host victory goal shortly before half-time.
Eintracht Frankfurt remained in fourth place after Filip Kostic drew 1-1 with Stuttgart to catch up with the home team.
Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick scored a 1-0 victory over Mönchengladbach in the second half. Mönchengladbach fell to 10th place as the miserable run continued.
Gladbach has lost all five games since it was announced that Marco Rose will be in charge of Dortmund next season.
“Our football lacks fun and joy,” admitted Hannes Wolf, a midfielder from Gladbach.
Awaywin eases the pressure on Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz. His fifth-placed team has failed to win any of the last five games in any tournament.
Dodi Lukebakio changed his second half penalty to block Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 home victory over Augsburg.
Hertha won her first victory in 10 games and finished 14th, moving away from the relegation battle.
Coach Pal Durdai described the victory as a “magical moment” because he enjoyed his first victory since replacing Bruno Labbadia in Hertha in January.
– Soccer Sports
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