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High-flying Leipzig down Hertha

  • Published at 01:40 am December 18th, 2016
High-flying Leipzig down Hertha
RB Leipzig knocked Bayern Munich, who they meet in five days' time, off the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin. With Bayern at bottom side Darmstadt on Sunday, Leipzig took their chance to reclaim top spot with a convincing win at their sold-out Red Bull Arena. Leipzig, who had led for three weeks before last Saturday, are now three points clear. However, Carlo Ancelotti's Munich can regain top spot due to their superior goal difference by beating Darmstadt, ahead of Wednesday's mouth-watering clash against Leipzig at the Allianz Arena. Goals either side of the break by striker Timo Werner and burly centre-back and captain Willi Orban sealed Leipzig's win. It put RB back on track after last Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat at Ingolstadt which ended their 13-match unbeaten run -- a record for a team at the start of their first Bundesliga season. Leipzig used their 64 percent possession to create 16 shots to Hertha's three and made nearly twice as many passes. Pal Dardai's Berlin drop to fourth after the defeat. RB went ahead when Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, who later went off with a leg injury and is set to miss the Bayern game, played Werner into the box to dart between two defenders and slot home on 41 minutes. It was the ninth goal in 15 games for RB's top scorer.   Elsewhere, Mainz midfielder Danny Latza hit a hat-trick in his team's 3-1 home win over strugglers Hamburg. Augsburg's caretaker-coach Manuel Baum got off to winning start as Martin Hinteregger scored from a corner in their 1-0 home home over Borussia Moenchengladbach. Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry rescued a point for Werder Bremen with his sixth league goal this season in their 1-1 draw with Cologne to cancel out Artjoms Rudnevs' goal. Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka netted for Schalke in their 1-1 draw with Freiburg. On Friday, 10-man Borussia Dortmund earned a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim as the league's top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, netted their second-half equaliser for his 16th goal of the season. Hoffenheim remain the only unbeaten team in Germany's top flight this season while Dortmund had Germany winger Marco Reus sent off for a second booking in the first half. RESULTS: VfL Wolfsburg 1 Bruma 33   Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Schalke 04 1 Konoplyanka 74   Freiburg 1 Niederlechner 64 Mainz 3 Latza 35,56,67   Hamburg SV 1 Bobby Wood 21 RB Leipzig 2 Werner 40, Orban 62   Hertha Berlin 0 FC Augsburg 1 Hinteregger 75   Borussia Moenchengladbach 0 Werder Bremen 1 Gnabry 40   Cologne 1 Rudnevs 28 On Friday Hoffenheim 2 Mark Uth 3, Sandro Wagner 20   Borussia Dortmund 2 Goetze 11, Aubameyang 48 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 RB Leipzig 15 11 3 1 31 12 36 2 Bayern Munich 14 10 3 1 34 9 33 3 Hoffenheim 15 6 9 0 27 16 27 4 Hertha Berlin 15 8 3 4 22 16 27 5 Borussia Dortmund 15 7 5 3 34 18 26 6 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 7 5 3 19 12 26 7 Cologne 15 6 6 3 20 14 24 8 Bayer Leverkusen 14 6 2 6 21 21 20 9 Mainz 15 6 2 7 26 27 20 10 Freiburg 15 6 2 7 19 26 20
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