RB Leipzig have secured an important 3-0 win at Hertha Berlin to move within two points of Bundesliga leaders and champions Bayern Munich.
After Bayern had slipped to defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Leipzig took their chance to put the pressure on, opening the scoring in the first half on Sunday with Marcel Sabtizer’s spectacular effort from outside of the box leaving keeper Rune Jarstein helpless.
Nordi Mukiele fired home the second, the goal being allowed to stand after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.
With six minutes left on the clock, Willi Orban headed in a third after an assist from Sabitzer to clinch the three points in Berlin.
“Very important three points,” Sabtizer told broadcaster Sky.
“If we focus on our game, the title race will be exciting until the end. It doesn’t help to talk about the title, we have to do something.”
Elsewhere, an Edmond Tapsoba goal deep into stoppage-time secured Bayer Leverkusen a point with the last kick of the game in a 1-1 draw at Augsburg.
Augsburg’s opener came from Florian Niederlechner in the fifth minute but not without the help of a bizarre mistake by back-up keeper Niklas Lomb.
Tim Fosu-Mensah had passed the ball back to Lomb but his keeper nudged the ball with his standing foot, allowing Niederlechner a simple tap-in.
The result left Leverkusen fifth, five points off the Champions League qualification zone.