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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Moussa Niakhate (24', 35')
  • Leandro Barreiro (50')
  • Tyler Adams (15')
  • Marcel Halstenberg (30')

USMNT's Adams bags first Bundesliga goal in Leipzig defeat at Mainz

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Adams scores first Bundesliga goal in Leipzig's 3-2 loss (1:56)

Tyler Adams scores as Mainz upset RB Leipzig to earn just their second win of the season. (1:56)

RB Leipzig's title race suffered a shock setback on Saturday after they twice wasted a lead to slump to a 3-2 loss at strugglers Mainz and fail to close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich.

Second-placed Leipzig, who have now won just one of their last four league games, are on 35 points, four behind Bayern, who face Schalke on Sunday and could further pull away.

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In a rollercoaster first half, Tyler Adams struck on the rebound in the 15th minute when keeper Robin Zentner pushed a Marcel Sabitzer shot onto the crossbar only for the ball to fall to the American, who scored his maiden Bundesliga goal.

Moussa Niakhate then equalised from close range after keeper Peter Gulacsi had saved a header from a free kick.

French defender Niakhate drew the home side level again in the 35th minute after Marcel Halstenberg's goal on the half hour mark, as Leipzig's defence showed huge gaps once more.

The hosts took the lead in the second half with Leandro Barreiro slipping into the box to flick a low cross from Danny da Costa into the goal before keeper Gulacsi could get his hands on the ball.

Mainz' second win of the season was not enough to lift them out of 17th place, but they moved to within five points of the relegation playoff spot.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +55 78
2 RB Leipzig 34 +28 65
3 Borussia Dortmund 34 +29 64
4 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +24 61
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +16 60
6 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +14 52
7 FC Union Berlin 34 +7 50
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +8 49
9 VfB Stuttgart 34 +1 45
10 SC Freiburg 34 0 45
11 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 43
12 Mainz 34 -17 39
13 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
14 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 35
15 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 35
16 FC Cologne 34 -26 33
17 Werder Bremen 34 -21 31
18 Schalke 04 34 -61 16