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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.
Man of the match
There could only be one winner of this award: Brandt. The Leverkusen attacker may have ended up on the losing team but he was in irresistible form here, causing havoc with his pace and direct running. Not only that, he contributed an assist, a goal and also won a penalty for his side.
Leipzig made Bundesliga history here by becoming the first promoted side ever to go 11 consecutive games unbeaten at the start of a season.
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Gulacsi saved the first penalty he has faced in the league for Leipzig.
Baumgartlinger's own goal was the second of his career; the first was at the start of May 2015 when he was still at 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Forsberg scored his fifth goal of the season, and now has more than any other midfielder in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen: Leno – Henrichs, Tah, Toprak (c), Wendell – Brandt, Baumgartlinger (Havertz 82'), Aranguiz, Kampl – Calhanoglu (Volland 64'), Mehmedi (Chicharito 74')
Coach: Roger Schmidt
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Ilsanker, Orban (c), Compper (Schmitz 30'), Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Keita, Demme, Forsberg (Kaiser 90') – Werner, Poulsen (Burke 64')
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl