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Leipzig doubles up Koln behind Werner’s 25th

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Timo Werner hit 25 goals for the first time in his Bundesliga career and Christopher Nkunku continued his fine season as RB Leipzig overcame hosts Koln 4-2 in a Monday thriller.

Leipzig moves third with the win, moving onto 58, after Patrik Schick scored his ninth goal in 18 league matches to open the contest. Dani Olmo also scored for the victorious visitors.

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Jhon Cordoba and Anthony Modeste scored for Koln, whose top six hopes take a big hit. The Billy Goats remain 11th and are now closer to the drop zone than sixth.

Only Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich has scored more league goals (29) than Werner.

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A great early save from Timo Horn on Timo Werner preceded Koln’s opener.

Elvis Rexhbecaj timed his run well and knifed to the near post, where he shot through the legs of Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The ball hit the post and skittered into the box and Gulacsi could only get a piece of Cordoba’s left-footed attempt.

Leipzig leveled when Upamecano dribbled up the heart of the pitch before finding Man City loanee Angelino on the left for a perfect cross and Schick header. Angelino had an exceptional day on the left flank.

Leipzig took its lead in the 38th minute with a deft finish from Nkunku, who took Konrad Laimer’s perfect feed and popped it over a charging Horn for 2-1.

Werner finished off a lightning counter as Gulacsi collected a free kick and hit a perfect punt to the league’s second-leading scorer.

That was far from the end of the fun.

Modeste hit an absolute hammer to make it 3-2, but Leipzig restored the two-goal advantage when Olmo hit a seeing-eye shot through the traffic to cap three goals in seven minutes between the two sides.

French striker Modeste won a penalty that was denied by VAR with under 20 minutes to play, he then missed wide after beating the keeping one 1v1 break with four minutes to play.

Americans Abroad: American midfielder Tyler Adams continued his streak of playing in every Leipzig match since the break when he came off the bench just before the hour mark.

Adams hit 94 percent of his 18 passes, drawing three fouls, making an interception, and winning three of four duels.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern loss sets stage for big weekend Die Klassiker

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Maybe it’s not over in Germany.

With Die Klassiker looming this weekend at Dortmund, Bayern Munich slipped up on the road at Mainz while BVB handled its business against Darmstadt.

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That means Saturday’s match at the¬†Westfalenstadion¬†could see Borussia Dortmund pull to within two points of Bayern for the top spot in Germany… or Bayern restore¬†an almost impossible to overcome 8-point advantage atop the table.

First things first, how did we get here?

Bayern Munich 1-2 Mainz

When Arjen Robben canceled Mainz’s lead with a 64th minute goal, it seemed a bit of same-old, same-old on the horizon for Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, but Jhon Cordoba struck in the 86th minute to give the visitors a big three points in the race for European places.

It was the first loss for Pep Guardiola’s bunch since a Dec. 5 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach, but the second-place team stayed hot, and are now hot on their heels.

Darmstadt 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

The visitors now haven’t lost in seven matches across Europe, as no one’s been able to find a point against BVB. Adrian Ramos scored late in the first half and Erik Durm early in the second to set up Saturday’s duel at Dortmund.

Elsewhere
Hannover 0-4 Wolfsburg —¬†Hat trick for Andre Schurrle in blowout.
Ingolstadt 1-1 Koln —¬†Lukas Hinterseer scores again for hosts.
Schalke 3-2 Hamburg —¬†Alessandro Schopf’s goal the deciding one.
‘Gladbach 4-0 Stuttgart —¬†Hosts keep pace with Mainz, Hertha
Hertha Berlin 2-0¬†Eintracht Frankfurt —¬†Salomon Kalou nets 12th.
Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg —¬†Mark Uth stays hot, scores winner.
Leverkusen 1-4 Bremen —¬†Claudio Pizarro hat trick pulls Werder to safety

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 24 20 2 2 59 13 46 11-0-1 9-2-1 62
Borussia Dortmund 24 18 3 3 59 25 34 10-1-0 8-2-3 57
Hertha BSC Berlin 24 12 6 6 33 24 9 7-4-1 5-2-5 42
Mönchengladbach 24 12 3 9 49 40 9 9-1-3 3-2-6 39
FSV Mainz 05 24 12 3 9 34 30 4 7-1-4 5-2-5 39
FC Schalke 04 24 11 5 8 34 31 3 7-3-3 4-2-5 38
Bayer Leverkusen 24 10 5 9 33 30 3 5-3-4 5-2-5 35
VfL Wolfsburg 24 9 7 8 36 31 5 7-3-2 2-4-6 34
FC Ingolstadt 04 24 8 7 9 18 25 -7 5-3-4 3-4-5 31
1. FC Köln 24 7 9 8 25 30 -5 4-4-4 3-5-4 30
Hamburger SV 24 7 7 10 28 34 -6 3-4-5 4-3-5 28
VfB Stuttgart 24 8 4 12 35 48 -13 5-1-6 3-3-6 28
FC Augsburg 24 6 7 11 27 35 -8 2-4-6 4-3-5 25
Darmstadt 24 6 7 11 25 38 -13 1-4-7 5-3-4 25
Werder Bremen 24 6 6 12 31 47 -16 1-4-6 5-2-6 24
Eintracht Frankfurt 24 5 8 11 27 39 -12 3-5-4 2-3-7 23
1899 Hoffenheim 24 4 9 11 25 37 -12 3-5-4 1-4-7 21
Hannover 96 24 5 2 17 21 42 -21 2-0-10 3-2-7 17