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2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Christopher Nkunku (29')
  • Yussuf Poulsen (68')
  • Marco Reus (52')

Dortmund lose ground at top of Bundesliga with defeat at Leipzig

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Yussuf Poulsen scores to retake the lead for Leipzig (0:53)

Yussuf Poulsen slots one home to give RB Leipzig a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. (0:53)

Borussia Dortmund's four-game winning streak in the Bundesliga came to a halt as they were beaten 2-1 away to RB Leipzig on Saturday.

French winger Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig in front in the 29th minute to score for the second game in a row after netting in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

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Jesse Marsch's side missed numerous chances to build on their lead before they were punished by a Marco Reus equaliser early in the second half.

Leipzig quickly set about restoring their lead, with Nkunku hitting the post and Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel making an outstanding double save to thwart Mohamed Simakan and then boot the loose ball away before forward Dominik Szoboszlai could pounce.

They eventually took advantage of their dominance when Yusuf Poulsen slid to the floor to send a cross from Nkunku inside the near post in the 68th minute.

Defender Nordi Mukiele had a headed goal disallowed later on for offside for the hosts but Poulsen's strike was enough to secure a first win for Leipzig over Dortmund in over four years.

The result left second-placed Dortmund on 24 points after 11 games, four behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich who beat Freiburg 2-1 at home earlier on Saturday.

Leipzig climbed up to fifth on 18 points after claiming their fifth win of the season and Marsch felt his side deserved the victory.

"It was important that we rewarded our hard work," said the American coach. "We've been playing well in past weeks but haven't got the right results. We could definitely have score more goals and made it easier for ourselves."

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +60 77
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +33 69
3 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +33 64
4 RB Leipzig 34 +35 58
5 1. FC Union Berlin 34 +6 57
6 SC Freiburg 34 +12 55
7 FC Cologne 34 +3 52
8 Mainz 34 +5 46
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 46
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 -7 45
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 -4 42
12 VfL Wolfsburg 34 -11 42
13 VfL Bochum 34 -14 42
14 FC Augsburg 34 -17 38
15 VfB Stuttgart 34 -18 33
16 Hertha Berlin 34 -34 33
17 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 28
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 34 -54 18