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Leipzig stage 3-2 comeback win over Leverkusen to go top

Leipzig's Willi Orban (L) scores against Leverkusen.

RB Leipzig twice came from a goal down to fashion a shock 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday and go top of the Bundesliga as they became the first promoted side to remain unbeaten over their first 11 matches.

Kevin Kampl gave Leverkusen a first minute lead but Leipzig struck straight back when Julian Baumgartlinger turned a corner into his own goal three minutes later.

Fans had to wait until first half stoppage time for another goal when Julian Brandt charged into the box to put Leverkusen back in front.

They should have increased their lead when Brandt was awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi picked the right side and saved Hakan Calhanoglu’s weak spot kick.

Leipzig took advantage of their reprieve to score again when Emil Forsberg completed a 60-metre sprint and saw his shot slip through Germany keeper Bernd Leno’s hands.

Willi Orban then made sure of a memorable win, drilling in a header at the far post in the 81st minute for Leipzig’s sixth consecutive victory that lifted them to 27 points and sealed the record for their unbeaten run as league newcomers.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, on 24 points, can reclaim top spot on Saturday when they travel to Borussia Dortmund.

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