KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 23, 2019
Tyler Adams made his return to the RB Leipzig line-up after a long injury layoff to help them wrap up the first half of the Bundesliga season with a win over Augsburg.
RB Leipzig 3-1 Augsburg
RB Leipzig fought from a goal down to claim all three points over Augsburg at Red Bull Arena to ensure that they ended the first half of the season as "autumn champions".
Tyler Adams, who was out of action as he recovered from a groin injury, was inserted into the starting line-up for Die Roten Bullen and played 86 minutes in the win.
With the race for the Bundesliga crown still very tight at the top half of the standings, Leipzig wanted to make sure that entered the league's winter break with momentum on their side. Having gone seven games unbeaten prior to this game, no one would count against them.
However, the host found themselves behind after eight minutes into the contest when Augsburg's Florian Niederlechner steered in Marco Richter's powerful cross from the right side.
Leipzig came close to leveling the score five minutes later when Dayo Upamecano had an excellent chance from close range following a corner kick. However, the Frenchman's effort came bouncing off the bar.
Augsburg were able to hold off their foes for awhile, but the tide changed eight minutes after the hour mark when Konrad Laimer took the ball off a Augsburg player and put a curling shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Tomas Koubek to tie things up.
Patik Schick then gave Leipzig the lead 11 minutes later when he was left unmarked in the center of the area to head in a corner kick from Christopher Nkunku.
The league leaders were not done on the day as Yussuf Poulsen, who came on for Adams, sealed the game as he put away Timo Werner's low cross to give them the win.
It was a strong win for Leipzig and certainly a positive sign to have Adams back in the team as they head into 2020 looking to claim their first Bundesliga title.
Leipzig wrap up the year with 37 points.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Union Berlin
Erik Thommy's goal before the final whistle helped Fortuna Dusseldorf to a much-needed win over Union Berlin at the
Both Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales started the game for Dusseldorf and went the distance in a win that should give the team a boost of confidence going into the winter break.
The host opened the scoring in the 38th minute when Steffen's goal kick was headed into the path of Rouwen Hennings. The German forward then powered his half-volleyed effort from the edge of the area past goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz.
However, Union would level the game just three minutes into the second interval as Marvin Friedrich's header from a corner kick ricocheted off the frame, allowing Michael Parensen to pounce on the rebound and slot it home.
The remainder of the second half was tight, but Dusseldorf would find the game-winner in the 90th minute when Thommy had a go from distance as his shot hit the inside of post and crossed the goal line to send the home supporters into wild celebrations.
The win leaves Dusseldorf in 16th place in the standing with 15 points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, John Brooks and Wolfsburg were blanked by Bayern Munich in a 2-0 loss to see them lie in ninth place in the standings.
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt pulled themselves further into the relegation battle as they fell to last place Paderborn in a 2-1 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Sebastian Soto watched from the bench as Hannover settled for the 2-2 tie with VfB Stuttgart.
Kevin Lankford was a spectator on the bench for St. Pauli in their 3-0 win over leaders Arminia Bielefeld.
Bobby Wood would see no action for Hamburg as they shared the points with Darmstadt following a 2-2 tie.
Down in the 3. Liga, McKinze Gaines came off the bench to play the final 11 minutes for Sonnenhof Grossaspach in their 1-1 tie with Duisburg.