Naby Keita inspires rookies Leipzig to stay top of Bundesliga

Naby Keita inspires rookies Leipzig to stay top of Bundesliga
Naby Keita of RB Leipzig

by Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 28, 2016. 16:36

Naby Keita’s RB Leipzig remain the surprise package in the Bundesliga as they continue to top the table by three points ahead of current champions Bayern Munich.

The rookies' fairy-tale season continued as they beat SC Freiburg with a convincing 4-1 victory away from home, with Guinea international Naby Keita opening the scoring in just the second minute when his spectacular effort from the edge of the box found the top left corner of the net.

Timo Werner was another player who impressed, grabbing a brace whilst also assisting the final goal of the game for Marcel Sabitzer.

Bayern were also successful as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, with former Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels getting his first Bundesliga goal for the Bavarians when he headed the winner into the net in the 56’ minute.

Spain international Thiago Alcantara gave the hosts the lead in the 30’ minute, but Leverkusen were quick to equalise through Hakan Calhanoglu just five minutes later.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who saw his side lose two matches in a row going into the game, said afterwards that it had been very important that his team showed a reaction.

“Our last two matches were not good and we needed to bounce back with a victory and I am glad that we managed to do that. Some times it is more important to get a result than to play well. That was the case against Leverkusen,” he said.

Bayern went into the match knowing that if they won they would open up a gap of six point from Borussia Dortmund, whom they still consider as their main challengers.

The former champions, who inflicted a first defeat of the season on Bayern last weekend, had earlier Saturday lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting his 13th goal of the season for Dortmund.

The Gabon international's strike was not to be the only African goal of the match-day as Indomitable Lion Eric Maxim Choupo Moting first missed a penalty for Schalke, but then made amends with his side's second goal en route to a 3-1 win against Darmstadt. The win stretches their run of undefeated matches in the Bundesliga to seven.

Unlike Schalke, Ingolstadt were made to rue a missed penalty as the side captained by Cameroon international Marvin Matip gave away an equaliser midway through the second half against Wolfsburg to draw 1-1 – a result that keeps both teams in trouble near the bottom.

In other matches, Hertha Berlin continued their good form of the season with a 2-1 win against Mainz, while Hoffenheim drew 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach. The matches between Cologne and Augsburg (0-0) and Hamburg and Werder Bremen (2-2) also ended in draws.

Sports Channels Director of StarTimes, who show Bundesliga matches live throughout Africa, said the matchday once again showed why the Bundesliga is rapidly becoming one of the most popular in the world.

"The matches are fantastic and with Bayern Munich you have a team that is recognised all over as one of the best clubs in the world, but then you also have upstarts like Leipzig and Hoffenheim, who are bringing a new dimension to the league,” Myke Mwai Mugo said.

Leipzig, who with Hoffenheim are the only unbeaten sides in the league, lead with 30 points from Bayern, who have 27. Hertha, Frankfurt and Cologne occupy the places behind them, while at the wrong end of the table Hamburg, who are still waiting for their first win of the season, remain rooted to the bottom, with Ingolstadt and Werder Bremen occupying the other relegation places.

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