This Saturday, German Bundesliga Former Leaders RB Leipzig hosted Borussia Monchengladbach in the 20th matchday of the league. Did I say former? Yes, because Leipzig shared points with Monchengladbach in 2-2 draw, allowing Bayern Munich, who did their part by defeating Mainz 05 by 3-1, to take the top spot of the league.
The Bavarian side now has 42 points, one more than Leipzig, now in second place. Monchengladbach is in the fourth position, with 39 points, the same amount of points as third-placed Borussia Dortmund, but Monchengladbach is behind due to the goals scored rule.
The result, however, could have been even better for visitors Monchengladbach, who dominated the first half of the match. The team went to the break winning 2-0, even playing at the Red Bull Arena, thanks to goals scored by Frenchman Alassane Plea, in the 24th minute, and by Jonas Hofmann, on 35′.
In the second half though, Leipzig reacted. Coach Julian Nagelsmann made two changes to the team, and one of the substitutes, Patrik Schick, pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half.
The hosts had a numerical advantage on 61 after Plea was shown a red card. The imminent equalizer came in on 89 mins, through Frenchman Christopher Nkunku.
Boosted by the late equalizer, RB Leipzig went on in the final minutes in search of the winner, but it didn’t happen. It was their second stumble in a row in the league, allowing the old-new leaders Bayern Munich to take the lead in the table.
Leipzig will play again on Tuesday when they will visit Eintracht Frankfurt for the round of 16 of the German Cup. Monchengladbach will return to the field only on February 9, when they will host Cologne for the German Bundesliga.