2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Nordi Mukiele (45'+3')
  • Marcel Sabitzer (73')
  • Willi Orban (87')

RB Leipzig cruise past bottom club Schalke to keep pace with Bayern

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RB Leipzig thrash Schalke to keep pace with Bayern (1:54)

Nordi Mukiele and Marcel Sabitzer score as RB Leipzig win 3-0 away at Schalke. (1:54)

RB Leipzig cruised past hosts Schalke 04 3-0 on Saturday to stay seven points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in second place and leave their opponents anchored at the bottom of the table.

Nordi Mukiele struck in first-half stoppage time when he headed home a corner to give the visitors the lead after Schalke, with only one league win this season, had defended well for most of the opening period but were toothless up front.

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Nordi Mukiele struck in first-half stoppage time when he headed home a corner to give the visitors the lead after Schalke, with only one league win this season, had defended well for most of the opening period but were toothless up front.

"We are enjoying a good run currently and want to keep going," Leipzig playmaker Kevin Kampl said after their third victory in the last four league games.

"We are on the right track and we know it. But we also know we need to keep on working."

Leipzig are on 41 points, with Bayern, winners 1-0 at Hertha Berlin on Friday, on 48. VfL Wolfsburg are third on 38 following their 2-0 victory at Augsburg.

"We are enjoying a good run currently and want to keep going," Leipzig playmaker Kevin Kampl said after their third victory in the last four league games.

"We are on the right track and we know it. But we also know we need to keep on working."

Schalke could have taken the lead against Leipzig with their only real chance in the 34th minute but Mark Uth was denied by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. Five minutes later the striker had to leave the pitch with a thigh injury.

The visitors should have scored again early in the second half with Alexander Sorloth coming close in the 47th and Christopher Nkunku wasting two more opportunities.

Schalke had new signing Shkodran Mustafi in their starting lineup but the defender was unable to stop the visitors scoring again when Marcel Sabitzer drive in a low shot after 73 minutes to kill off any thoughts of a comeback by the home side.

Willi Orban headed home a corner in the 87th to wrap up the win for Leipzig, who still need to find a venue for their Champions League last-16 first-leg against Liverpool on Feb. 16 due to Germany's COVID-19 ban on arrivals from England.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +55 78
2 RB Leipzig 34 +28 65
3 Borussia Dortmund 34 +29 64
4 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +24 61
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +16 60
6 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +14 52
7 FC Union Berlin 34 +7 50
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +8 49
9 VfB Stuttgart 34 +1 45
10 SC Freiburg 34 0 45
11 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 43
12 Mainz 34 -17 39
13 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
14 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 35
15 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 35
16 FC Cologne 34 -26 33
17 Werder Bremen 34 -21 31
18 Schalke 04 34 -61 16