Leipzig makes the pass of five. The players of Marco Rose chained a fifth victory in a row in all competitions against Friborg (3-1). Simakan opened the scoring from a corner, very happy that Nkunku’s head, deflected by the bar, returned to his feet (55th). The former Parisian did himself justice in the process, doubling the bet with a subtle stung ball (56th).
Kubler closed the gap well with a sublime half-volley entering the box (66th) but Nkunku was once again too strong on Wednesday. The untenable Frenchman caused a penalty at the end of the match, for Forsberg to definitely widen the gap (78th). With this prestigious victory, Leipzig picks up 2 points behind Union Berlin, runners-up.
Union Berlin stalls, Schalke finally breathes
Because at the same time, the Berliners were held in check by Augsburg (2-2). After the stinging defeat against Leverkusen last Sunday (5-0), the capital’s players failed to bounce back. However, they led twice, but were caught each time, before coming up against a very compact Augsburg team (0 shots in the second period). With this poor performance, Union Berlin loses ground on Bayern, leaders with four points ahead after their performance against Werder Bremen on Tuesday (6-1).
Randal Kolo-Muani tops the Bundesliga assists chart with 8 offerings.
In Frankfurt, the former Ligue 1 players shone in victory over Hoffenheim (4-2). After the early opener from Sow (6th), Randal Kolo-Muani made the break (8th), before Éric-Junior Dina-Ebimbe widened the gap (29th). Hoffenheim did not abdicate, returning to 3-2 just after half-time but Lindstrom dealt them a fatal blow on a new assist from Kolo Muani (56th). The former Nantes player and his teammates climb to fourth place, two points behind Friborg and Union Berlin.
In the last meeting of the evening, Schalke gave themselves some air against Mainz in a duel of badly classified (1-0). Thanks to a goal from Terodde very early in the game (10th), Florent Mollet’s teammates ended a series of 7 consecutive defeats. They pick up 5 points from Stuttgart, the first not to be relegated. However, they remain red lantern, with two small victories in 14 games.