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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Steven Zuber (16' PEN)
  • Yussuf Poulsen (6', 74')
  • Marcel Sabitzer (68')

Yussuf Poulsen double helps RB Leipzig close on top three with Stuttgart win

RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen scored twice as they beat VfB Stuttgart 3-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to move within a point of third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The 24-year-old Dane scored twice in a game for the fifth time this season in the Bundesliga to take his tally to 12 league goals so far.

He opened the scoring in the sixth minute and added Leipzig's third in the 74th, after Marcel Sabitzer had put them ahead again following Steven Zuber's equaliser for Stuttgart in the 16th.

Leipzig are on 41 points, with Gladbach, who are in action at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, on 42.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are top with 50 points, are in action on Monday against Nuremberg. Champions Bayern Munich are two points behind in second place after their 3-2 comeback win over Augsburg on Friday.

VfL Wolfsburg climbed to fifth on 35 points after a 3-0 victory over Mainz 05 while Werder Bremen's 40-year-old forward Claudio Pizarro scored with a free kick just before the final whistle to secure a dramatic 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin.

Werder, who stretched their unbeaten run to five games this year courtesy of Peruvian Pizarro's third goal of the season, are 10th.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 26 +41 60
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 +34 60
3 RB Leipzig 26 +24 49
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 +14 47
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 +21 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 26 +7 42
7 VfL Wolfsburg 26 +5 42
8 Werder Bremen 26 +8 39
9 TSG Hoffenheim 26 +12 38
10 Hertha Berlin 26 +1 35
11 SC Freiburg 26 -5 31
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 26 -17 31
13 Mainz 26 -18 30
14 FC Augsburg 26 -10 25
15 Schalke 04 26 -17 23
16 VfB Stuttgart 26 -30 20
17 Hannover 96 26 -37 14
18 Nurnberg 26 -33 13