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Leipzig edge closer to Bayern after Keita brilliance
April 5, 2017 / 10:03 PM / 8 months ago

Leipzig edge closer to Bayern after Keita brilliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Second-placed RB Leipzig made a small dent in Bayern Munich’s huge Bundesliga lead when they won 3-2 at struggling Mainz 05 on Wednesday, helped by a brilliant solo goal from Naby Keita.

Football Soccer - FSV Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig - German Bundesliga - Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany - 5/4/17 - RB Leipzig's Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer react after scoring a goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The Bundesliga debutants were on the back foot for most of the first half but took control when Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner scored with headers in a four-minute spell just after the restart.

Jairo Samperio pulled one back from a penalty for Mainz but a brilliant effort from Guinea midfielder Keita, who evaded half the Mainz team before capping his run with a stylish finish, settled the match nine minutes from the end.

Yoshinoro Muto’s consolation goal came too late for the hosts who had Jean-Philippe Gbamin sent off.

Leipzig are 10 points behind Bayern who suffered only their second defeat of the season, 1-0 at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Mainz are 15th on 29 points with only goal difference keeping them above Augsburg in the relegation playoff spot.

Augsburg lost 3-2 at home to Ingolstadt who are four points and one place below them but have raised hopes of an escape act after two wins in four days.

Ingolstadt led 3-0 with 20 minutes left thanks to two goals from Almog Cohen after Sonny Kittel had opened the scoring following a mix-up between Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz and Kevin Danso.

Augsburg made a game of it with a penalty from Paul Verhaegh and close-range effort from Halil Altintop but it was too late.

VfL Wolfsburg lost 1-0 at home to Freiburg and stayed only one point ahead of the relegation playoff spot after Florian Niederlechner scored on the break in the 78th minute.

Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 at basement club Darmstadt and Borussia Moenchengladbach edged Hertha Berlin 1-0 in the other games.

Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne, editing by Neil Robinson

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