After some early-season stumbles, Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig appear to have found some form as they came away with the narrow win over Borussia Dortmund.
RB Leipzig 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
RB Leipzig scored goals in both halves to see them eek past Borussia Dortmund for the win at Red Bull Arena to put them in the hunt for the Champions League places.
Tyler Adams went the distance for Leipzig, completing 83 percent of his passes, making one key pass, and winning two aerial battles.
It’s been a bit of a rough start to life in the Bundesliga for Jesse Marsch, but it seems he has finally found the right formula as the team has moved back up to the top half of the standings at the expense of an injury-plagued Dortmund side.
The hosts were on the attack from the start and opened the scoring after 29 minutes when Joko Gvardiol played a through-ball from the back to Christopher Nkunku, allowing the Frenchman to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home.
The game got a bit chippy after the opening goal as the referee went to his pocket several times to issue yellow cards to players on both teams. Adams would get himself booked in the 40th minute for a foul on Jude Bellingham.
In the second half, BVB would finally find some chances, and they were rewarded with the equalizer in the 52nd minute when their captain Marco Reus ran onto a pass from Thomas Meunier to fire into the back of the net.
Allowing that goal only pushed Leipzig to step on the gas to reclaim the lead and they did just that in the 68th minute when Nkunku sent a low-driving cross from the left to Yusuff Poulsen who slid in to guide the ball home.
Dortmund pushed for another goal in the last 15 minutes, but could not find it as Leipzig proved to be the better team in the contest.
Leipzig now sits in fifth place in the standings with 18 points.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks and Wolfsburg came away with the 1-0 victory over Augsburg to make it back-to-back wins since they fired Mark van Bommel.
Joe Scally went the distance for Borussia Monchengladbach as they played out a 1-1 draw with Mainz.
The woes continued for Julian Green, Timothy Tillman, and Greuther Furth as a stoppage-time goal saw them fall in a 2-1 defeat to Timothy Chandler Eintracht Frankfurt to make it nine consecutive losses for the Bavarian club.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Ryan Malone played the last 10 minutes for Hansa Rostock as they came away with a 3-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.
Justin Butler watched all of the action from the bench as Ingolstadt fell to Paderborn in a 2-1 loss to leave them at the bottom of the standings.
Down in the 3. Liga, Lennard Maloney played 74 minutes for Borussia Dortmund in their 1-0 loss to Meppen.
Terrence Boyd went the distance for Hallescher FC in their 2-1 loss to Havelse.
Mael Corboz played the entire 90 minutes for Verl as they were no match for leaders Magdeburg in their 2-0 defeat.
Kevin Lankford played 59 minutes while Johan Gomez had a place on the bench for their respective teams as Wehen Wiesbaden and Zwickau played out a 2-2 draw.
Bryang Kayo played the final 13 minutes for Viktoria Berlin in their 1-0 loss to Duisburg.
Andrew Wooten came on to play the last few minutes for Osnabruck as they came away with a comfortable 3-1 win over 1860 Munich.