Leipzig beat Leverkusen to go on top of Bundesliga
Berlin, Nov 19 (IANS) RB Leipzig came from behind to edge past Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 thanks to Willi Orban’s winner in a Bundesliga match here on Friday.
Bundesliga newcomers Leipzig move to the top of the standings as Bayer Leverkusen surrendered their lead twice allowing the visitors to grab a comeback win, reports Xinhua.
The hosts grabbed a fairy tale start on home soil as Kevin Kampl broke the deadlock with only two minutes into the game after poking home Julian Brandt’s square pass at the far post.
Leipzig needed less than two minutes to respond as Leverkusen’s Julian Baumgartlinger deflected Emil Forsberg’ s cross into the wrong goal to restore the parity for the visitors in the fourth minute.
However, the hosts took a 2-1 lead into the half-time break after Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass allowed Julian Brandt to beat Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from inside the box in the 45th minute.
After the restart, Bayer Leverkusen should have added another goal to their lead but Calhanoglu were unable to overcome Leipzig custodian Gulacsi with a foul play penalty in the 54th minute.
Newly-promoted Leipzig punished Leverkusen’s wastefulness in the 66th minute when Forsberg had enough time and space to shock goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a long range effort to level the issue at 2-2.
Things went from bad to worse for the ‘Werkself’ as Forsberg’s cross to the far post found Willi Orban, who headed past Leno to complete the comeback win in the 81st minute.
With this result, Leipzig became the best performing newly-promoted team after reaping their 11th straight game without a loss at the start of a campaign in Germany’s top flight.
The ‘Bulls’ moved to the top spot and have edged past record Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the moment, while Bayer Leverkusen stay at the eighth place in the standings.