Hoffenheim new third, Nkunku regales with Leipzig

The race for the top 4 is in full swing in the Bundesliga. And the winner of the afternoon is called Hoffenheim, now third to the benefit of his victory over Augsburg (3-1). The TSG takes advantage of the missteps of Freiburg and Leverkusen, hung respectively by Bielefeld (2-2) and Union Berlin (2-2). Leipzig can still believe it since his demonstration against Mainz allows him to return to five points of the fourth (4-1). Christopher Nkunku put on the show by scoring one goal and providing two assists. At the bottom of the table, Stuttgart and Greuther Fürth could not decide (0-0).

RB Leipzig 4-1 FSV Mayence 05

Buts : Silva (21e sp, 61e), Szoboszlai (47e) and Nkunku (58e) // Lee (57e)
Expulsion : Hack (19e)

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Unable to win away, Leipzig capitalizes at home. RasenBallsport did the job against Mainz, helped by the early expulsion of Alexander Hack, guilty of deflecting a strike from the upper arm when the goal had been deserted by the goalkeeper (19e). The turning point of the match since in addition to the red card, the referee designated the penalty spot. André Silva then did not need to be asked (21e). For the first time this season in the Bundesliga, Christopher Nkunku was a substitute. That didn’t stop him from shining. Entered at half-time, he immediately delivered an assist to Dominik Szoboszlai (47e), who returned the favor (58e). The French then resumed the ferryman costume, this time for Silva (61e). All this in just a quarter of an hour. Score without false note for Leipzig, which passes in front of its opponent of the day and remains six points from the top 4.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-1 FC Augsbourg

Goals: Bebou (38e, 44e) et room (90e+3) // Gregoritsch (5e)

When Ihlas Bebou scores this season, the Togolese does not do things by halves. If he does not hit a double (against Cologne), he leaves a treble (against Greuther Fürth). This Saturday, he chose the first option, but Hoffenheim will be fully satisfied. Forced to run behind the score after forgetting Michael Gregoritsch on a corner (5e), the TSG was able to count on two goals from its surface fox to snatch the victory. Upon receiving a perfect cross from David Raum (38e), Bebou then took advantage of a pass from Kevin Akpoguma (44e). Raum will give a little more scope to this success in added time (90e+3). Despite the entry of Ricardo Pepi on the hour mark, Augsburg left empty-handed. Now unbeaten for seven days, Hoffenheim climbs to third place. However, Andrej Kramarić’s 100th goal is still pending.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 FC Union Berlin

Buts : Schick (38e) and Tah (84e) // Prömel (45e, 50e)

Bayer Leverkusen definitely can’t do it against the other top 8 teams. Eight games, four draws, four losses. The Union Berlin thus came to take a point at the BayArena this Saturday, carried by a double from Grischa Prömel (45e, 50e). Patrick Schick recalled that Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland weren’t the only ones terrorizing Bundesliga defenses by planting his 17e goal of the season (38e). Long frustrated by an Andreas Luthe in great shape, Bayer had to wait for a header from Jonathan Tah to snatch the draw (84e). Not enough since Leverkusen, without a win for four days, slipped to fifth place. With a small point more than the Union, still in ambush despite the absence of its top scorer Taiwo Awoniyi, who left for CAN with Nigeria.

Friborg 2-2 Arminia Bielefeld

Buts : Haberer (6e) and Woo-Yeong (46e) // Okugawa (60e) and Lasme (87e)

Held in check at the SchücoArena in August, Freiburg once again lost some feathers against the Arminia Bielefeld. Christian Günter’s teammates thought they had done the hard part by scoring at the start of each period. First by Janik Haberer, following a corner (6e). Then by Jeong Woo-Yeong, with an unstoppable head (46e). But the Arminia has not given up. Masaya Okugawa’s fifth goal in eight days revived the debates (60e) and the former Sochalien Bryan Lasme surprised Benjamin Uphoff at the near post (87e). Bielefeld continues its momentum with the excellent record of seven points taken over the last three days. Only one point separates it from the first non-relegation. Freiburg misses the opportunity to return to two points from Borussia Dortmund … which he will receive next Friday.

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0-0 VfB Stuttgart

A draw that does not suit anyone. Stuttgart hoped to take advantage of his trip to the red lantern Greuther Fürth to grab three points, it’s missed. Despite the great return of Sasa Kalajdzic, absent four and a half months of absence, and great pressure in the last ten minutes, the VfB remained silent. Fürth could also have trapped his opponent through Branimir Hrgota (22e, 54e). The Swabian club gained a place and abandoned the play-off position in Augsburg, but above all left two points along the way. We will do the accounts at the end …

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