Die Roten Bullen overcame Stuttgart 3-1 to win their third away game in a row on Saturday. RBL have now taken 41 points from 22 games, and have a firm hold on fourth place in the Bundesliga table.
The game started at a high tempo, with plenty of action in the opening stages. RBL went ahead in just the sixth minute when Yussuf Poulsen slotted home, giving the visitors an ephemeral lead, although the hosts quickly equalised. Willi Orban was adjudged to have handballed in his own penalty area, and Steven Zuber stepped up to convert the consequent penalty. Both teams dug in after the early goal flurry, however, and the game became a soporific affair until the half-time whistle.
After the break, RBL upped the tempo and put Stuttgart under increased pressure. This approach eventually paid off in the 68th minute, when Marcel Sabitzer scored a brilliant direct free kick to put Leipzig back in the lead. Poulsen put the game to bed just minutes later, scoring his second after a delightful no-look pass from Tyler Adams. RBL saw the game out to win 3-1 and claim three more valuable points.
The full-time score wasn't the only thing to celebrate, as Emil Forsberg made his return to the starting XI after a 132 day absence.