RB Leipzig came from behind to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Union Berlin at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
The German top flight returned on Friday night with Schalke 04 beating second place Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 at the Veltins Arena.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side were close to a scare after falling behind after only 10 minutes when Marius Bülter took advantage of the home side conceding possession outside their own penalty area. The Union Berlin midfielder tucked the ball past Peter Gulacsi.
RB Leipzig dominated possession and territory throughout the first half but failed to really test Rafal Gikiewicz in the visitors’ goal. Timo Werner failed to test the goalkeeper when trying to head the ball past the Polish shot stopper when latching onto a long pass.
In the final moments of the first half, Lukas Klostermann saw his goalbound effort blocked on the line by his own teammate and out for a goal kick.
RB Leipzig clicked into gear in the second half and were on level terms with a stunning effort from Timo Werner on 51 minutes.
Momentum was with the hosts from this point on and a win never looked in doubt. That looked ever more likely when Marcel Sabitzer gave Leipzig the lead just before the hour.
Wener scored his second in the final 10 minutes to put the game out of sight.
Victory has opened up a five point lead for RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga table but Bayern Munich would reduce that to four with a win away to Hertha BSC on Sunday.