RB Leipzig beat Monchengladbach 2-0 in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-03 09:31:39|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen (L) vies with Moenchengladbach's Nico Elvedi during a German Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Moenchengladbach, in Leipzig, Germany, on Dec. 2, 2018. Leipzig won 2-0. (Xinhua/Kevin Voigt)

BERLIN, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Timo Werner's first-half brace proved to be the only goals in the game as RB Leipzig beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in the 13th round of the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Despite having a much-changed squad on the pitch, Ralf Rangnick's men ensured a fairy-tale start on home soil as Timo Werner opened the scoring after dancing through Monchengladbach's defense before sending the ball into the net with just three minutes played.

The hosts continued to press forward as Werner, Lukas Klostermann and Yussuf Poulsen created promising chances. Meanwhile Monchengladbach needed some time to gain a foothold in the clash.

The "Foals" came to their first scoring opportunities at the half hour mark when Leipzig's goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had to be on guard to deny Lars Stindl's shot and Thorgan Hazard's follow-up effort from very close range.

However, it was Leipzig who created greater opportunities as Marcel Sabitzer hit the side netting from an acute angle inside the area in the 37th minute.

Leipzig's efforts were eventually rewarded just before the break as Timo Werner doubled the lead after benefitting from Poulsen's build-up work to finish off a counter attack in the dying minutes of the first half.

After the restart, Leipzig remained in control of proceedings although they focused on fast breaks rather than pressing forward while Borussia Monchengladbach struggled to pose a threat to the host's defense.

Dieter Hecking made some changes and fielded new personnel but Leipzig looked more dangerous in front of goal. In the closing period, Monchengladbach fashioned out another two chances through Alassane Plea and Raffael but Gulacsi defused their efforts to secure his side the seventh win of the season.

With the victory, Leipzig moved into third place whereas Monchengladbach stay in second but lose sight of front runners Borussia Dortmund, who established a seven-point gap.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt's unbeaten run of 11 games in a row came to an end, as goals from Admir Mehmedi and Daniel Ginczek were enough for Wolfsburg to pick up a 2-1 win on the road.

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