Werner, Schick star as Leipzig force thrilling Dortmund draw - GulfToday

Werner, Schick star as Leipzig force thrilling Dortmund draw

Werner, Schick star as Leipzig force thrilling Dortmund draw

Leipzig’s Patrik Schick scores against Borussia Dortmund during their German League match in Dortmund on Tuesday. Associated Press

Patrik Schick snatched a draw for RB Leipzig in a pulsating 3-3 draw at title rivals Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday that moved them three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Timo Werner also struck twice as Leipzig twice came from behind twice in the second half in a fiery encounter played out in torrential rain at Signal Iduna Park.

The draw means third-placed Dortmund missed the chance to move second ahead of Borussia Moechengladbach, who can join Leipzig on 34 points with a win over bottom side Paderborn on Wednesday. While Dortmund at times showed a level of skill and quality to worry their upcoming Champions League opponent Paris Saint-Germain, at other times they showed clear signs of the mental frailty and defensive softness that has come to define their season.

Dortmund dominated the opening period, with Leipzig lucky to be behind by only two at the break.

Julian Weigl opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a screamer from outside the box that completely bamboozled Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi with its power and flight.

Julian Brandt added Dortmund’s second 11 minutes later, showing superb skill to turn past two Leipzig defenders and smash home his finish.

Leipzig only needed seven minutes after half-time to bring the score back to 2-2, with Timo Werner gifted two goals through unforgivable errors from keeper Roman Burki and Brandt respectively.

Dortmund were back ahead just two minutes later when Marco Reus found Jadon Sancho unmarked in the penalty box, and the England international shoved his shot past Gulacsi. However Schick pounced 12 minutes before the end, capitalising on Burki rushing out of his goal to hammer the ball home from close range and ensure the draw.

Meanwhile, Robin Quaison’s first half hat-trick saw dominant Mainz increase Werder Bremen’s relegation fears n 5-0 thumping on Tuesday evening.

Agence France-Presse

German League results on Tuesday:

Werder Bremen 0 Mainz 5 (Quaison 10, 19, 38, Pavlenka 15, Mateta 81); Borussia Dortmund 3 (Weigl 23, Brandt 34, Sancho 55) RB Leipzig 3 (Werner 47, 53, Schick 78); Union Berlin 0 Hoffenheim 2 (Bebou 56, Baumgartner 90); Augsburg 3 (Max 32, 72, Jedvaj 61) Fortuna Duesseldorf 0

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