Bayern win, Leipzig share spoils in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-19 12:22:04|Editor: Jiaxin
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BERLIN, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Robert Lewandowski provided a brace helping Bayern Munich to cruise 3-0 past Augsburg whereas runner up Leipzig were hold to a 2-2 draw by ten-men Bayer Leverkusen at the 12th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.

The German record champions continue their winning run after reaping the fifth consecutive victory against harmless visitors from Augsburg.

Jupp Heynckes' men grabbed the reins from the kick off and pressed the "Fuggerstaedter" into defense.

However, despite a dominant performance the Bundesliga leaders needed 31 minutes to break the deadlock as Augsburg failed to clear the ball from the area allowing Arturo Vidal to hammer the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The Chilean remained in the thick of things as he assisted Robert Lewandowski with the 2-0 lead after forcing a turnover in the midfield, and sending a pass into path of the Pole seven minutes after the opener.

After the restart, Bayern started where they left off as Joshua Kimmich's pinpoint cross found Lewandowski, who made no mistake to volley past Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz four minutes into the second half.

Bayern's third goal sealed the deal on home soil as Augsburg kept all men behind the ball, preventing the hosts from playing out a higher victory.

With the result, Bayern Munich extended their lead atop the standings to six points whereas Augsburg stay on the 10th place.

Resilient Bayer Leverkusen came back twice against Leipzig to snatch a two all draw at BayArena.

Leipzig controlled the proceedings from the kick off but it were the hosts, who assisted Leipzig to open the scoring as Admir Mehmedi brought down Marcel Sabitzer inside the box to cause a penalty.

Timo Werner stepped up and slotted home the opener from the spot to mark his seventh goal of the season.

The "Werkself" regrouped and responded with the 1-1 equalizer before the half time as Leon Bailey benefitted on Dominik Kohr's through ball to beat onrushing Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from close range.

Leverkusen gained momentum after the break nevertheless they had to swallow another penalty, and a straight red card, as substitute Benjamin Heinrichs blocked a shot on target with his elbow in the 52nd minute.

Leipzig's Emil Forsberg showed no nerves from 11 meters and secured the 2-1 lead moments later.

However, Leverkusen had the last laugh, as they were able to restore parity through Kevin Volland, who volleyed home a cross at the far post, despite the numerical disadvantage in the 74th minute.

With the draw, second placed Leipzig sit now six points adrift of leaders Bayern while Bayer Leverkusen continue on the 9th position.

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim secured a late 1-1 draw as Mark Uth last-grasp equalizer cancelled out Kevin Prince Boateng's first-half opener.

Cologne's negative run continues as the "Billy Goats" suffered their tenth loss of the season as Mainz reaped a 1-0 victory on the sole goal from Daniel Borsinski.

Wolfsburg returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga as they edged Freiburg 3-1 by courtesy on Yunus Malli's double strike and Berlin lost 4-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach.

The following fixtures complete the 12th round on Sunday: Schalke host Hamburg and Werder Bremen clash with newly promoted Hannoer.