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 13 +29 31
2 Borussia Dortmund 13 +14 30
3 Bayer Leverkusen 13 +10 24
4 SC Freiburg 13 +6 22
5 TSG Hoffenheim 13 +7 20
6 1. FC Union Berlin 13 +1 20
7 VfL Wolfsburg 13 -2 20
8 RB Leipzig 13 +8 18
9 Mainz 13 +3 18
10 FC Cologne 13 0 18
11 Borussia Monchengladbach 13 0 18
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 13 -1 18
13 VfL Bochum 13 -8 16
14 Hertha Berlin 13 -14 14
15 VfB Stuttgart 13 -5 13
16 FC Augsburg 13 -10 13
17 Arminia Bielefeld 13 -10 9
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 13 -28 1