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Bundesliga: M’gladbach fall, Coutinho shows Bavarian class against Werder

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RB Leipzig snatches top spot form Borussia Monchengladbach after a 3-0 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf as Die Fohlen falls at Volkswagen Arena to change proceedings at the top for the first time in 10 weeks.

Patrik Schick scored for visitors RB Leipzig in the 2nd minute to give Die Roten Bullen the lead in a run for top spot over the weekend at the Esprit Arena.

The Czech international scored his 2nd goal of the season when he struck from a one-time shot off a Konrad Laimer cross after Péter Gulácsi’s build-up from the back.

Friedhelm Funkel’s men stood strong to keep the game at bay through the 1st half but Julian Nagelsmann’s men stood stronger in the 2nd half with Timo Werner netting from a penalty after Lukas Manuel Klostermann’s shot found Kaan Ayhan hand in the penalty area.

Fortuna’s appeal against the decision was overruled after the referee consulted the Video Assistance and confirmed that Kaan had his arm block a goal-bound ball before Timo Werner could step up for his 16th goal of the season in the 58th minute.

French center-back Nordi Mukiele netted the 3rd for the visitors in the 75th minute to ensure the Leipzig take all the 3-points home.

Borussia Monchengladbach fell 2-1 to Wolfsburg to surrender their lead after 10-weeks in the German Bundesliga | Courtesy photo

In the northeast, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 10-week stay at the top of the Bundesliga was brought to a halt on Sunday when they fell to Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.

Marco Rose’s side traveled to Wolfsburg off the back of their 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last weekend, but they were unable to repeat those heroics this time round. Max Arnold rifled in a stoppage-time winner to end Wolfsburg’s run of two straight defeats and inflict a shock defeat to Gladbach who dropped to 2nd.

Leipzig’s win ensured Die Rotten Bullen go top of the German Bundesliga on 33-points, just 2 ahead of Gladbach who had led the table for 10-weeks before that shocking defeat on matchday 15.

In Munich, Philippe Coutinho fans cast away all doubts the Bavarian fans had in him with a stunning hat-trick as Bayern put 6 past Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.

Milot Rashica put the visitors ahead in 24th minute but moments later, a tap-in, one chip, and a curling effort from former Barcelona and Liverpool forward  Coutinho ensured the home side dismantle Bremen who are currently battling relegation.

Robert Lewandowski also bagged a brace while Thomas Muller scored one for the 5th placed side’s 8th win of the season.

Philippe Coutinho scored his first hattrick for Bayern Munich, casting aside all doubts from the Bavarian fans as Bayern Munich put 6 past Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena | Courtesy photo

Elsewhere, Marco Reus rallied Borussia Dortmund to a 4-0 victory against Mainz at the Opel Arena. The skipper scored one (32nd minutes) and drag on 3-Mainz defenders to set-up Thorgan Hazard for the 3rd on the night in the 69th minute, as did Jadon Sancho who scored one in the (66th minute) and helped set-up, Nico Schulz, for the 4th.

Schalke are up to fourth, leapfrogging Bayern Munich in the process defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 courtesy of a Benito Raman goal in the 53rd minute of the game. This game will be remembered for a horrific tackle by Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, who raced out of his goal, kung-fu kicking Mijat Gacinovic in the chest and knocking him to the ground with his forearm. The challenge, which earned Nübel a straight red card, had echoes of Toni Schumacher’s brutal collision with France’s Patrick Battiston at the 1982 World Cup.

Hertha Berlin and Koln also registered wins on matchday 15 as both sides look to fight their way out of the relegation zone. Jürgen Klinsmann got his first win thanks to a Vladimir Darida wonder goal that left Freiburg empty-handed, while Koln overcame nine-man Bayer Leverkusen to win the derby and seal their first three points in the league since October.

The stats:

  • Marco Reus scored the opener in a Bundesliga game for the 50th time. In the same game, Dan-Axel Zagadou picked up the first assist of his career.
  • Jan Thielmann made his pro debut for Cologne in the derby against Leverkusen. The striker (17) became the first Bundesliga player born in 2002.
  • There were also milestones for Kai Havertz and Jerome Boateng. The Leverkusen playmaker became the youngest Bundesliga player to make 100 appearances (20 years, 186 days), while Boateng made his 300th appearance for Bayern.
  • Florian Niederlechner assisted three goals in Augsburg’s win against Hoffenheim, becoming the first player to do so for the club.
  • After beating Düsseldorf, RB Leipzig handed Julian Nagelsmann a new record. He now has victories against all 24 teams he has faced in the Bundesliga.
  • Schalke’s Raman Benito scored in his fourth consecutive Bundesliga game. The last Schalke player to achieve that was Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
  • RB Leipzig have won 8 of their last 10 games in all competitions.
Summary of results

Hoffenheim 2-4 Augsburg

Paderborn 1-1 Union Berlin

Hertha Berlin 1-0 SC Freiburg

Bayern 6-0 Werder Bremen

Mainz 0-4 Dortmund

Koln 2-0 Leverkusen

Fortuna 0-3 RB Leipzig

Wolfsburg 2-1 Monchengladbach

Schalke 1-0 Frankfurt


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