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RB Leipzig beats rare submissive Bayern in Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich’s breeze to the Bundesliga title were delayed after a putting on a rare submissive performance that sealed their defeat against RB Leipzig by 2-1.

Timo Werner’s 56th-minute effort gave his side their first win over Bayern after five encounters between the two sides and left the visitors with more work to do to seal another crown.

Bayern had looked set to consolidate their status at the summit when Sandro Wagner headed in James Rodriguez’s cross for the opener with 12 minutes on the clock.

However, a stirring performance by the home side led to Naby Keita equalising just before half-time, with Konrad Laimer finding Keita with a through ball for the Guinean national to lash past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich.

Keita then contributed again by finding Werner who shrugged off the attention of Mats Hummels and raced clear to fire in low past Ulreich for the winner.

Still, Bayern did not give up and Hummels, looking to make amends forced a fine save from Leipzig keeper Peter Gulasci and headed over over the bar 10 minutes from time.

However, an equalizer proved elusive, and Bayern’s defeat meant that their 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions was stopped short.

“We met a Leipzig side today who right from the start were full of strong running, extremely aggressive and displayed good pressing,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. “They also did this in St Petersburg on Thursday [in the Europe League].”

“I warned against this and we didn’t play like we have done in recent weeks. If we had played over the 90 minutes like we did in the last half hour then we would not have lost.”

Red Bull Salzburg digs in to send Borussia Dortmund out of Europa League

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German giants Borussia Dortmund were eliminated from the Europa League after a goalless draw in Austria saw Red Bull Salzburg won their quarter-final tie by 2-1 on aggregate.

The visitors was even on the defensive, with keeper Roman Burki forced to make an excellent save to deny Salzburg’s Duje Caleta-Car in the first half and further chances fell to Hwang Hee-chan.

Although Dortmund themselves came close through Michy Batshuayi and Marcel Schmelzer, they needed to score at least twice to go through and that never came to pass.

Since Salzburg became runners-up in the old UEFA Cup in 1993-94, no other Austrian side has reached the last eight of the Europa League before.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig knocked out Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg squad with a 1-1 draw in Russia and progressed by 3-2 on aggregate.

Like Salzburg, Leipzig had won the first leg by 2-1 before leading ahead through Jean-Kevin Augustin, although Zenit leveled through Sebastian Driussi’s back-post volley. Yet the German club would advance to Friday’s draw despite Timo Werner having an 81st-minute penalty saved.

Premier League club Arsenal FC picked up a 3-1 victory over AC Milan at Emirates Stadium thanks to two goals from Danny Welbeck to go through 5-1 on aggregate.

However, the Gunners were given a scare when Hakan Calhanoglu fired in from long range but Welbeck converted a penalty he had won controversially to level the score shortly afterwards.

Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s error later on allowed Granit Xhaka to find the net in the second half before Welbeck added a third.

RB Leipzig to keep Naby Keita from leaving for Liverpool in January

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RB Leipzig will not be letting their midfielder Naby Keita to join Liverpool this month according to the Bundesliga club’s sports director Ralf Rangnick.

Keita, 22, is set to link up with Liverpool from 1 July after the Premier League club agreed a big-money deal to sign him last August.

However, Liverpool, who sold Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona this month, were keen to fill the void left behind by bringing the transfer forward to secure Keita’s services this month.

However, Rangnick and the Bundesliga club has now stepped in to set the record straight in a bid to put speculation regarding the transfer status of the Guinea international “to bed”.

A statement on the club’s official website by Rangnick read: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.”

“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case.”

A tweet from the club’s official twitter account that echoed the same sentiments read: “OFFICIAL: Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.”

Keita earned his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest properties last season by helping Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League. He also scored the opening goal as Leipzig dealt Schalke 04’s first defeat since September in the German top-flight.

Bayern Munich leads Bundesliga after Dortmund loses to Hannover

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Bayern Munich has finally climbed to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season after a solid 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig and Hannover 96 helping their cause by handing Borussia Dortmund a 4-2 defeat.

Dortmund were reduced to 10 men as their grip on top spot in the Bundesliga weakened further. Jonathas broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and then turned provider for Ihlas Bebou to restore the hosts’ lead after Dan-Axel Zagadou hit back with his first Bundesliga goal.

Andriy Yarmolenko struck a brilliant second equaliser, but Felix Kraus converted the free-kick that was awarded after Zagadou’s dismissal and Bebou wrapped up the points with four minutes remaining.

After taking 19 points from their first seven games, Dortmund’s blistering pace in the German top flight was almost reduced to a standstill after having now lost two and drawn one of their last three fixtures to open the door for a rejuvenated Bayern.

The defending German Champions had needed penalties to defeat Leipzig in Wednesday’s DFB Pokal clash but this time eased to a 2-0 win, with James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski on target.

Also in the midweek Cup clash, Naby Keita saw red and this time it was Will Orban dismissed after just 10 minutes, when he tangled with last man Arjen Robben and earned a red card for his troubles.

10 minutes later, Robben provided an assist to James Rodriguez for Bayern’s first, while Javi was the provider for the second goal in the 38th minute, slicing the away side open with a brilliant pass that deserved the measured finish that Robert Lewandowski provided.

The win allows Bayern to replace Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, as Leipzig also prowls not far behind the Yellow Wall either — just one point behind.