Leipzig make history with come-from-behind victory in Leverkusen


RB Leipzig became the first ever newly promoted side to go the first 11 games of a new season unbeaten after coming from behind to overcome Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-2 on Friday evening.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-3 RB Leipzig

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Goals: 1-0 Kampl (2'), 1-1 Baumgartingler (o.g. 4'), 2-1 Brandt (45'), 2-2 Forsberg (67'), 2-3 Orban (81')

There was a frenetic opening period at the BayArena, with Kevin Kampl scoring the fastest goal in the Bundesliga this season to put the hosts 1-0 up after just 61 seconds. However, their lead was short-lived, as the visitors hit back in the fourth minute when Julian Baumgartingler inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net from a corner. The teams cancelled each other out thereafter, until a moment of brilliance from Brandt gave Leverkusen a half-time lead: the 20-year-old controlled the ball wonderfully on the run before finishing emphatically from a tight angle.

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Leverkusen could have extended their lead even further early in the second half when Brandt won a penalty after being fouled by Stefan Ilsanker, but Hakan Calhanoglu's weak spot-kick was easily saved. It proved to be a costly miss, as Emil Forsberg pulled the guests level midway through the half with a thumping long-range drive. More was to come from Leipzig too, with captain Willy Orban heading in at the back post following a corner to take Ralph Hasenhüttl's charges top of the league, for 24 hours at least.

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