Bayern Munich beat Leipzig and soar to the top

Defending champions Bayern Munich continued their rise to their third successive victory with a thrilling 3-2 win over last season’s runners-up Leipzig on Saturday in the twenty-first leg of the German Bundesliga.

Thomas Muller (12), Poland’s Robert Lewandowski (44) and Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol (58 own goal) scored for Bayern Munich, and Portugal’s Andre Silva (27) and Frenchman Christopher Nkunku (53) scored for Leipzig. The Bavarian club’s coach, Julian Nagelsmann, outscored his former team, Leipzig, for the second time this season after beating them 4-1 at Leipzig, inflicting the first loss after three consecutive wins.

With their eighth win in their last nine games, Bayern boosted their lead by 52 points and put strong pressure on Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig, on the other hand, fell to seventh place after freezing at 31 points.

Augsburg breathed a sigh of relief and stopped the awakening of Union Berlin when they overcame them with two clean goals scored by Austria’s Michael Gregoritsch (16) and Andre Hahn (59). Onion Berlin held on to 34 points and maintained fourth place after Freiburg failed to snatch it away by losing to hosts Koln with a lone goal scored by Frenchman Anthony Modeste in the 23rd minute.

Freiburg’s balance was frozen at 33 points in fifth place, while Koln, who has regained his balance after two consecutive losses, climbed to sixth place with 32 points.

Hoffenheim failed to take advantage of Freiburg’s stumbling to snatch fifth place by losing to hosts Mainz with two clean goals scored by South Korean Lee Jae-Sung (79) and Frenchman Moussa Niakhate (83).

Hoffenheim fell to eighth place with 31 points on goal difference against Eintracht Frankfurt, who returned to the winning track after two losses and one draw when they deepened the wounds of hosts Stuttgart with a 3-2 win. Eintracht Frankfurt increased its tally to 31 points, one point ahead of Mainz, who strengthened their position in tenth place.

Armenia Bielefeld tied with Borussia Monchengladbach with a goal by Janni Serra (19) and a goal by Alassane Plea (38). Borussia Monchengladbach rose to the twelfth place with 23 points, while Armenia Bielefeld fell to fourteenth place with 22 points.

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