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2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Taiwo Awoniyi (6')
  • Timo Baumgartl (57')
  • Christopher Nkunku (13')

Leipzig in freefall after three-game Bundesliga losing run

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A night of firsts as Union beats Leipzig in the snow (1:15)

RB Leipzig has now lost three straight Bundesliga matches for the first time as Union Berlin wins 2-1 to make a historic jump into the top four. (1:15)

RB Leipzig, last season's Bundesliga runners-up, slumped to a 2-1 defeat at in-form Union Berlin on Friday for their third consecutive league loss that kept them in eighth place and piled the pressure on coach Jesse Marsch.

Leipzig, already eliminated from the Champions League, have now lost three league matches in a row for the first time in their top division history and are already 13 points off the pacesetters.

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Marsch, who joined this season to replace Julian Nagelsmann, has seen his team win five of their 14 league games this term.

The latest loss puts the American, who was not at the match due to being in COVID-19 quarantine, under more strain.

Union, who moved up to fourth, took the lead when Taiwo Awoniyi stabbed the ball in at the far post after six minutes.

Leipzig, whose last Bundesliga away win was in April, levelled seven minutes later with Christopher Nkunku's 25-metre shot as goalkeeper Andreas Luthe misjudged the ball's flight.

With the snowfall in the capital getting heavier after the break, Union struck back when Timo Baumgartl benefitted from Max Kruse's deflected shot to tap home from close range in the 57th.

Union missed several golden chances in a strong finish but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi pulled off several stunning saves to keep the score down.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 20 +46 49
2 Borussia Dortmund 20 +21 43
3 Bayer Leverkusen 20 +17 35
4 1. FC Union Berlin 20 +4 34
5 SC Freiburg 20 +10 33
6 RB Leipzig 20 +15 31
7 TSG Hoffenheim 20 +9 31
8 FC Cologne 20 -2 29
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 0 28
10 Mainz 20 +5 27
11 VfL Bochum 20 -10 24
12 Borussia Monchengladbach 20 -11 22
13 Hertha Berlin 20 -20 22
14 Arminia Bielefeld 20 -6 21
15 VfL Wolfsburg 20 -15 21
16 FC Augsburg 20 -15 19
17 VfB Stuttgart 20 -13 18
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 20 -35 10