Bundesliga wrap: Leipzig, Bayern win; Alaba scores gorgeous free kick (video)

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The Bundesliga’s only hopes for a multi-horse title race are Bayern Munich hitting a significant slump or RB Leipzig continuing to consistently win in its first season in the top flight.

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The former doesn’t look likely, and fortunately Leipzig is cooperating.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Hoffenheim

On paper, it was going to be the match of the weekend and in many ways it failed to disappoint. Nadiem Amiri have the visitors the lead after 18 minutes, only for Timo Werner to set it level before the break.

Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer then swung the table gap in favor of Leipzig with a second half goal. A Leipzig loss would’ve pulled Hoffenheim within five points of second place. Sabitzer’s goal makes the gap between Leipzig and their fourth-placed visitors 11 points.

Darmstadt 1-6 Koln

USMNT striker Terrence Boyd’s first match as a Darmstadt striker was memorable but not in a good way. Koln put three goals on each side of Sidney Sam’s 66th minute penalty, battering Darmstadt behind a brace from Japanese strike Yuya Osako.

Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich

It was 1-1 and Bremen was hopeful of securing a point against the leaders until, well… David Alaba, you do you.

Elsewhere
Schalke 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-2 Augsburg
Ingolstadt 3-1 Hamburg
Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 3 1 42 11 31 7-2-0 7-1-1 45
 RB Leipzig 18 13 3 2 36 16 20 8-1-0 5-2-2 42
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 9 5 4 23 15 8 5-3-0 4-2-4 32
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 7 10 1 31 19 12 4-5-0 3-5-1 31
 Borussia Dortmund 17 8 6 3 37 20 17 5-3-0 3-3-3 30
 Hertha BSC Berlin 17 9 3 5 25 19 6 7-0-1 2-3-4 30
 1. FC Köln 18 7 8 3 27 16 11 4-4-0 3-4-3 29
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 3 8 28 28 0 4-2-4 3-1-4 24
 SC Freiburg 17 7 2 8 22 29 -7 5-0-3 2-2-5 23
 FC Schalke 04 18 6 3 9 21 20 1 5-1-4 1-2-5 21
 FSV Mainz 05 17 6 3 8 26 30 -4 4-2-2 2-1-6 21
 FC Augsburg 18 5 6 7 15 20 -5 2-3-4 3-3-3 21
 Mönchengladbach 18 5 5 8 18 27 -9 4-3-2 1-2-6 20
 VfL Wolfsburg 18 5 4 9 17 26 -9 2-2-6 3-2-3 19
 Werder Bremen 18 4 4 10 22 38 -16 3-1-6 1-3-4 16
 FC Ingolstadt 04 18 4 3 11 17 29 -12 2-2-5 2-1-6 15
 Hamburger SV 18 3 4 11 15 35 -20 2-2-4 1-2-7 13
 Darmstadt 18 2 3 13 12 36 -24 2-3-5 0-0-8 9