Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig
Football betting pundits could have predicted an upset like this, but I doubt they saw Freiburg winning in this fashion.
RB Leipzig knew coming in that Freiburg would be a tough cookie to crack, given how the Brazilians of Breisgau have been undefeated in the league since November. The Red Bulls approached the match like they would the football games they’ve played so far this season: they overwhelm their opponents with their youth and speed and maintain as much of the possession as possible.
However, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s wards weren’t able to do anything to their hosts, as they ended the first half scoreless. Freiburg managed to maintain the score nil-nil until the 65th minute when a pass from Marcel Sabitzer allowed Timo Werner space to operate on the right and smash the ball straight to the lower right.
However, set pieces were the kryptonite that would beat Leipzig. A scuffle on the 72nd-minute corner saw the ball float to an unmarked Janik Haberer, who quickly powered it past Peter Gulacsi for the equaliser. Four minutes later, a beautiful cross from Christian Gunter found the head of Robin Koch for the winner.
This game was not the only result that surprised fans: Hamburger SV‘s descent to the bottom of the table accelerates after Koln won 2-0, snagging their third straight win this season. Simon Terodde’s brace brings the Billy Goats closer to safety and another season of Bundesliga football.
Mainz had a strong 20-minute outing during their game against Stuttgart to bring them on level grounds with Wolfsburg. Yoshinori Muto is the talk of the town as his two-goal outing secured the three points.
Dortmund were denied entry to the Top 4 after Hertha Berlin‘s Davie Selke scored in the 46th minute. The BVB were able to equalise thanks to a Shinji Kagawa header. Peter Stoger needs to whip his boys back into shape and win games like this if they want to retake their rightful spot in the table.
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