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Leipzig stun Schalke 3-1 in Bundesliga

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Fifth-placed returned to winning ways beating second-placed 3-1 at home as they moved to the second spot in the football championship.

on Saturday staged a powerful closing period and sealed the deal with two goals within two minutes from and Bruma while were unable to maintain their 13-game unbeaten run, reports

The spectators had to wait for the action on the pitch as both sides were focussed on a well-positioned defence. Hence, goal-scoring opportunities were a rare occurrence in the opening period.

worked out the first chances through and but defused Schalke's efforts on target.

However, as the match progressed, Leipzig piled on the pressure. tested before Schalke's felled inside the box to cause a penalty.

Augustin stepped up but failed to convert the penalty as Faehrmann saved the weak attempt from the spot with 37 minutes into the game.

The hosts marked the opener nonetheless before the break as Naby Keita's deflected shot from 20 metres broke the deadlock with 41 minutes played.

Leipzig came out on the front foot after the restart but it were the visitors, who restored parity when Naldo headed home a free kick from close range in the 55th minute.

It was a short-lived joy for the visitors from North Rhine-Westphalia though as Werner benefitted on Konrad Laimer's assist to grab the 2-1 lead in the 69th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Schalke as Burma added another goal two minutes later to put the 3-1 victory beyond doubt.

With the result, Leipzig leapfrogged Schalke into the second place whereas the "Royal Blues" slipped to the third place.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen held to a 1-1 draw owing to the late equaliser from

Harmless suffered their third straight loss as Augsburg's scored the only goal of the match.

and shared the spoils after Robin Koch's second half leveller cancelled out Sebastien Haller's opener for the "Eagles".

Newly promoted rallied back from two goals to down Mainz 3-2 by courtesy on Niclas Fuellkrug's hat-trick.

VfB Stuttgart grabbed the first three points of 2018 on the own-goal from Hertha Berlin's Niklas Stark.



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 15:30 IST