Leipzig soar to the top of the table

RB Leipzig moved to the summit of the Bundesliga standings with an action-packed 3-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena on Friday night.

  • Bayer Leverkusen 2 RB Leipzig 3
  • Kampl scores early opener
  • Brandt restores lead after Baumgartlinger own goal
  • Calhanoglu misses penalty before Forsberg levels
  • Orban fires home late winner

Match Summary

The hosts started the match in stunning fashion with Kevin Kampl putting them 1-0 up less than 60 seconds after the kick off. But the sides were soon back on level terms after Julian Baumgartlinger scored an own goal three minutes later, before Julian Brandt restored Leverkusen’s lead with virtually the last kick of the first half.

Hakan Calhanoglu missed a glorious opportunity to put Leverkusen two goals up when he was denied from the penalty spot by a brilliant save from Peter Gulacsi.

He was made to pay dearly for the miss as Emil Forsberg levelled matters in the 67th minute before Willi Orban grabbed an 81st minute winner for Leipzig.

Full Report

Leverkusen could not have wished for a better start to the match as, from kick off, Brandt slipped the ball through for Kampl, who calmly slotted the ball away to give them the lead inside the first minute.

However, high-flying Leipzig were back on level terms just three minutes later when Baumgartlinger tried to clear a corner, only to put the ball in the back of his own net.

Despite a frenetic start, the action died down for most of the remainder of the first half until Calhanoglu hit a lovely pass for Brandt, deep into first half injury time, who controlled the ball well before slamming the home side into a 2-1 lead going into half time.

After the break, the visitors found themselves staring down the barrel in the 52nd minute after Stefan Ilsanker was blown up for a horrendous tackle in the box, but they were saved by a superb diving stop from Gulacsi.

Leipzig were spurred on by their goalkeeper’s heroics and Forsberg hit an absolute stunner to beat Bernd Leno from long range and bring the score to 2-2.

Moments later, Gulacsi was called into action once again when Baumgartlinger was played through one-on-one and the shot stopper pulled off another good save.

Forsberg then turned creator in the 81st minute as he lifted a pin-point cross into the box for Orban, who got above his man to head Leipzig into a 3-2 lead and to the top of the Bundesliga table, at least until Bayern München play Dortmund on Saturday.