RB Leipzig narrowed the gap on Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern Munich to five points with Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner on target in a 2-1 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Thorgan Hazard sent an early sighter into the side-netting, but it was the guests who posed a greater threat in a fast-paced first-half. A good counter culminated in Marcel Sabitzer's shot being tipped round the post by Yann Sommer before another well-worked move led to Forsberg taking aim from the edge of the penalty area, and his low shot nestled in the corner. Gladbach had the chance to level on the stroke of half-time when Marvin Compper fouled Lars Stindl inside the area, but Hazard's spot-kick was turned past the post by Peter Gulacsi.
It was a costly miss, consequently compounded by Leipzig's second ten minutes into the second half with Werner drilling his shot inside the far post from Forsberg's neat pass. Gladbach tried to find a route back into the game with Lars Stindl lively, but it was Vestergaard who powered home a header to pull Gladbach within a goal of their opponents. There was no time for an equaliser, however, as Leipzig held firm.
Man of the Match
Emil Forsberg is a threat anywhere on the pitch. Just look at the three goals he has scored from outside the penalty area - a league high - and the nine assists he has provided. He had one of each in Leipzig's latest win, proving to be the brains and inspiration behind the league newcomers' continued title challenge.
With FC Bayern Munich stumbling on Saturday, Leipzig took full advantage to narrow the gap back down to five points between the top two, and the manner of their win suggests the title race still has some legs on it this season.
- Three of Forsberg's six goals this season have come from outside the penalty area – more than anybody else in the Bundesliga.
- Gulacsi has saved more penalties this season than anybody else – two of the three he has faced.
- Forsberg's assist for Werner's goal was his ninth of the season – the highest in the Bundesliga so far this season.
- With 12 goals so far this season, Werner is currently the most prolific German player in the Bundesliga.
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt (62' Hofmann) - Kramer, Dahoud - Hazard, Johnson (80' Drmic) - Stindl (c) – Hahn (62' Herrmann)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Schmitz, Ilsanker, Compper, Halstenberg – Keita (76' Khedira), Demme (c) – Burke (66' Kaiser), Forsberg (82' Upamecano) - Sabitzer, Werner
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Watch: Leipzig's Emil Forsberg explains how his team earned their win at Gladbach.