Leipzig collapses at home, Gladbach gives victory


Leipzig's Nordi Mukiele holds his head after a collision during the Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Arminia Bielefeld in Leipzig, Germany on Saturday December 18, 2021. (Jan Woitas / dpa via AP)

Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele holds his head after a collision during the Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Arminia Bielefeld in Leipzig, Germany on Saturday December 18, 2021. (Jan Woitas / dpa via AP)

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Leipzig’s hopes of a fresh start under the guidance of a new manager have faded after losing at home to 10-man Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Japanese midfielder Masaya Okugawa scored the visitors’ second goal in the 75th minute, shortly after Fabian Klos was sent off for a bad challenge over Leipzig defender Willi Orban.

Janni Serra put Bielefeld ahead after a rebound in the 57th, and Leipzig were unable to show off their unmistakable attacking prowess, Andre Silva, Angeliño, Christopher Nkunku and Benjamin Henrichs all missing the chances.

It was the first loss in three games for new Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco, who took over this month after the club sacked Jesse Marsch. Tedesco started with a win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, followed by a draw in Augsburg before the loss to Bielefeld in the last round before the winter break.

He leaves Leipzig ninth, far from qualifying places for the Champions League.

Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma scored in added time to prevent Gladbach from securing his first victory after a four-game losing streak. Breel Embolo had the visitors on their way to the win, but they couldn’t stop Akpoguma from leveling in the 91st for 1-1.

A brilliant first goal from Max Kruse was enough for Union Berlin to end the year on a high after winning in Bochum 1-0. Kruse tied the knot on Thursday but showed no ill effects from the honeymoon in the 16th minute when he encountered the dismissal of Grischa Prömel with a half volley in the upper left corner.

The Union climbed to sixth, tied on points with fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Mainz 1-0 in their derby thanks to a goal from Jesper Lindström.

Greuther Fürth, last, held Augsburg to 0-0.

Hertha Berlin hosted Borussia Dortmund late in the game.

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