Leaders Leverkusen come from behind to claim late win at Leipzig

Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso celebrates his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso celebrates his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
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Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen came from behind to claim a 3-2 late win at RB Leipzig on Saturday, securing a seven-point advantage over champions Bayern Munich, who play Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Donyell Mallen scored a brace as Borussia Dortmund claimed a 4-0 win at Cologne, while third-placed VfB Stuttgart were defeated 1-0 at VfL Bochum after the second half of the game only started following a massive delay.

Leipzig's early pressure paid off when Xavi Simons applied a superb finish into the bottom corner to break the deadlock in the seventh minute. Leverkusen first real chance 10 minutes later almost produced the equalizer, but Leipzig took the lead into the break.

Their advantage didn't last long in the second half, with Nathan Tella converting Alejandro Grimaldo's low cross into a goal for the guests in the 47th.

Leipzig were again ahead in the 56th, when they picked it off a corner from Leverkusen and turned it into a brilliant and quick counter-attack, which ended with Lois Openda sinking a clinical finish into the net.

But Leverkusen hit back for a second time, with Jonathan Tah heading in Florian Wirtz's corner in the 63rd before Piero Hincapie poked home his first goal this season in stoppage time to give the league leaders a late win.

"We made things a bit difficult for us and we could have played better, but after the second half I still think we deserved to win," midfielder Jonas Hofmann told broadcasters Sky.

The team led by coach Xabi Alonso is unbeaten this season, with 15 wins and three draws.

Mallen got the opener for Dortmund in the 12th minute, finishing off a corner from Julian Brandt. They could have increased their lead still in the first half, but the second goal came only after the break when Niclas Füllkrug hit the net from the spot in the 58th.

Mallen then completed his brace in the 61st after he received a stunning and long cross-field pass from winter signing Ian Maatsen, and Youssoufa Moukoko added Dortmund's fourth in stoppage time.

"We played well, started the game well and just couldn't see through our good attacks in the first half through to the end. We took the lead courtesy of a corner-kick routine that we rehearsed in training," coach Edin Terzic said.

Stuttgart had the second half of their match at Bochum delayed in some 40 minutes because flags in the away block were blocking an emergency exit.

Stuttgart coach Sebastian Hoeneß and some of the players spoke to the fans to get them to remove the flags, but initially without success. It's unclear which was the solution to the issue.

Matus Bero scored Bochum's winner shortly after the restart. Stuttgart tried to forced the equalizer, but were held by keeper Manuel Riemann.

The long delay was an "unique situation that is difficult to comment on," Stuttgart sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth told broadcasters Sky.

"I think it would have been difficult for everyone involved if the match had been abandoned due to non-compliance with the house rules. For us, the long interruption was obviously even harder to digest. That has to be analysed, and we will involve our fan representatives and clarify the situation in talks in Stuttgart," he added.

Freiburg built a 2-0 lead against Hoffenheim thanks to Lucas Höler and Vincenzo Grifo. But things started looking bad once Wout Weghorst and Maximilian Beier equalized for the guests and Freiburg were down to 10 men after Manuel Gulde saw a red card in the 82nd.

But the hosts managed to score a late third goal with Roland Sallai to secure a 3-2 win.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt gave up a 2-0 lead to concede a 2-2 draw to promoted Darmstadt and Heidenheim clinched a point in a 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.

Sunday's schedule also includes Borussia Mönchengladbach v Augsburg. The match between Mainz and Union Berlin, originally scheduled for Friday, was cancelled due to wintry weather conditions.

Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso (2nd L) celebrates with the substitutes their side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso (2nd L) celebrates with the substitutes their side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah (2nd L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah (2nd L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah (R) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates Piero Hincapie (C) and Granit Xhaka during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah (R) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates Piero Hincapie (C) and Granit Xhaka during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig's Lois Openda (L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammate Castello Lukeba during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig's Lois Openda (L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammate Castello Lukeba during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig's Xavi Simons celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig's Xavi Simons celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen at Red Bull Arena. Jan Woitas/dpa