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Are RB Leipzig set for a Leicester City-style fairytale in the Bundesliga?

Published: 18 Nov 2016

RB Leipzig have continued their record-breaking run, beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-2 to move above Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Die Roten Bullen twice came from behind with a Julian Baumgartlinger own goal as well as an Emil Forsberg strike and header from captain Willi Orban cancelling out Kevin Kampl and Julian Brandt's efforts to secure the three points.

Peter Gulácsi also saved a second-half penalty from Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu.

Bayern relinquished first place in the Bundesliga table after 425 days and 39 matchdays at the top, losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

Meanwhile, the Bundesliga newcomers continue to make the step up to Germany’s first division look easy and are breaking records left, right and centre.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have become the first promoted team to go 11 consecutive league games unbeaten at the start of a season.

They have also extended their winning streak to six games – no other team has managed more than five consecutive top-flight wins so far this term.

There are also clear reminders of the 1997/98 season and comparisons can be drawn with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the first ever German club to win the Bundesliga straight after being promoted.

Incidentally, they are now the first newly-promoted side to have 27 points after just 11 games - more than Kaiserslautern in their title-winning campaign.

Whether Die Roten Bullen can maintain the blistering start they’ve made to their maiden top-flight campaign and produce a Leicester City-style fairytale remains to be seen.

Although nobody could have predicted RB Leipzig’s impact and success prior to the start of the season, the fixtures couldn’t be more perfect.

A mouth-watering clash sees the current top two – RBL and FCB – go head-to-head on the final matchday before the winter break.

Hasenhüttl’s team of course need to see off the challenges posed by SC Freiburg, Schalke 04, Ingolstadt and Hertha BSC before then but if they continue their fine form, that match could provide a telling moment in the title battle.

What’s safe to say is that RB Leipzig have started life in the Bundesliga with a bang, courting much praise and controversy in the process.

However, given Bayern’s monopoly of the league, there’s something about them that you have to admire.

For a more detailed look at the Bundesliga newcomers' rise to the top, check out: www.sportsgazette.co.uk/section.php

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