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Bundesliga GW23 – Crazy comeback keeps RB Leipzig in touch at the top

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

Julien Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig side turned around a 2-0 deficit to steal all three points at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach, with Alexander Sorloth scoring the winner deep into injury time.

Red Bull arena, home of RB Leipzig. Photo: Philipp via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Leipzig were 1-0 down after only 6 minutes, with Jonas Hofmann converting a penalty for the visitors after a clumsy tackle by Dayot Upamecano. Marcus Thuram doubled the lead with a header soon after. But Nagelsmann’s half-time team talk was clearly effective, with the comeback starting after the break.

Christopher Nkunku converted a cross around the hour mark, before Yussuf Poulsen’s 30-yard strike was exactly what was needed to beat a defiant Yan Sommer in the BMG goal. With the game level at 2-2, honours looked set to be shared, but Leipzig were not finished yet. Nkunku clipped the ball to the back post, where Sorloth headed the ball into the ground from close range, past Sommer into the goal.

Marco Rose’s side were furious, feeling Sorloth had pushed the defender to create space for himself, but the referee disagreed. That is now two losses this week for Mönchengladbach, who became Manchester City’s latest victims in the Champions League.


The RB Leipzig win was made more crucial by an efficient Bayern Munich performance earlier in the day, in which they beat Köln 5-1. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting opened the floodgates, with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both bagging braces against the relegation battlers.

As a result, the European champions maintain their two-point lead at the top. Eintracht Frankfurt’s winning run was snapped by Werder Bremen on Friday night, with Josh Sargent scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory. Borussia Dortmund also picked up three points after a routine 3-0 win against Arminia.

Mo Dahoud scored the pick of the goals, whilst Jadon Sancho converted a penalty. Sasa Kalajdzic was on the scoresheet again for Stuttgart, who hammered Schalke 5-1. Rumours swirl of a player revolt at the Gelsenkirchen club that sits at the bottom of the table, with senior players said to be furious at the club’s management and coaching.

Another club in trouble is Hertha Berlin, who are only above the relegation zone on goal difference after suffering another loss, this time going down 2-0 to Wolfsburg.

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