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Bundesliga 2023: Brandt defender sends Dortmund top of Bundesliga, Werner, Forsberg goals keep Leipzig in top-four hunt MIGMG News

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A moment of improvisation from Julian Brandt earned Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at struggling TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday, sending Edin Terzic’s side three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Brandt scored in the 43rd minute after being fouled wide on the left. Marco Reus swung in the resulting free-kick and Brandt got under the ball at the near post, letting it bounce off his back and past Oliver Baumann in the Hoffenheim goal.

Dortmund defender Marius Wolff thought he had doubled the lead in the 56th minute when he fired an unstoppable shot past Baumann, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review for a foul on Hoffenheim’s Ichlas Bebu in stoppage time.

Dortmund’s eighth straight league win moved them to 46 points, three clear of second-placed Bayern Munich and third-placed Union Berlin, who play each other on Sunday.

Struggling Hoffenheim, who brought in Pellegrino Matarazzo as manager earlier this month after sacking Andre Breitenreiter, are 16th in the table with 19 points, in the relegation play-offs, after their fifth league defeat in a row.

Meanwhile, Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg had a goal and an assist each as RB Leipzig continued their push for a top-four finish by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the Bundesliga at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Marco Rose’s Leipzig, who have won four of their last six league games, have temporarily moved up to fourth in the table with 42 points, one behind Bayern Munich and Union Berlin, who play each other on Sunday.

Werner’s tripping effort opened the scoring in the sixth minute, beating Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp off-balance after Forsberg had missed the goal.

Werner returned the favor, turning the serve and leveling the ball for Forsberg to fire in at the far post after 40 minutes as Leipzig went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Frankfurt pulled one goal back in the second half when Djibril Sou took on substitute Aurelio Buta before curling an emphatic finish past Janis Blazvich in the 61st minute.

RB Leipzig introduced Christopher Nkunku on the hour mark and the France international looks lively as he continues to return to action after recovering from a months-long injury lay-off.

Frankfurt remained in sixth place after losing for the third time in their last four games in all competitions.


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