RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich each secured victories in the Bundesliga to keep up the title race and maintain pressure on each other.
RB Liepzig got off to a flying start against Sport-Club Freiburg, with Naby Keita bagging a goal in the second minute with a fierce strike from 25 yards.
Florian Niederlechner was able to head in an equalizer for Freiburg from Pascal Stenzel’s corner, but Timo Werner restored Leipzig’s lead in the 21st minute and doubled it with his second a little over 10 minutes later.
Marcel Sabitzer, who had already struck the post, made it 4-1 later on.
The result would extend Leipzig’s record unbeaten start for a new team in the Bundesliga to 12 games, also marking their seventh consecutive victory as Bayern Munich tries to recover from their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.
After suffering a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Bayern managed to pick up a scrappy win at home over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to claw the gap against Leipzig back to three points.
Thiago Alcantara put the home side ahead with a close-range header on the half-hour mark but Hakan Calhanoglu equalised superbly five minutes later after a clever one-two with Julian Brandt that parted the home side’s defence.
10 minutes after the break, Mats Hummels won it for Bayern with another header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross. It was his first goal for the Bundesliga giants since joining from Dortmund.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also saved a late Calhanoglu free-kick to ensure that Carlo Ancelotti’s men held on for their first win since the start of November.