RBL beat Bremen 3-2 in dramatic finish

Lukas Klostermann and Timo Werner give RBL first-half lead | Kruse and Sargent bring Bremen level | Bruma gets a late winner | RB Leipzig in fourth position over the winter break | 40,455 watch on in the final game of 2018

Die Roten Bullen won in their final game of the year at home at the Red Bull Arena, beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in front of a crowd of 40,455.

RBL go into the winter break in fourth, and are currently in the Champions League places.

Both teams started off at a high tempo, looking to play attacking football. RBL keeper Péter Gulácsi saved comfortably from Milot Rashica early on, while at the other end, Marcel Sabitzer hit Timo Werner's ball from the left flank wide of the post. Lukas Klostermann came to Leipzig's rescue just seconds later, making a superb block to deny the dangerous Rashica. And it was the RBL defender who put Leipzig ahead at the other end just minutes later, running through the Werder defence before unleashing a brilliant strike that nestled in the top right corner. Bremen continued to pose a threat despite being a goal down, yet were unable to take their chances. Timo Werner then made it two at the end of the half, pouncing on Kruse's backpass to goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka and slotting home. Both teams entered the dressing rooms at half-time with the score at 2-0.

Werder came out in the second half all guns blazing. Jojo Eggestein was unlucky not to get one back for the visitors after he blazed Max Kruse's cross wide of Gulácsi's net. Gulácsi was again the hero just six minutes, making a superb triple save to deny Werder thrice. Leipzig also threatened, with Dayot Upamecano's header from a set-piece situation saved by a diving Pavlenka. Werder's threat eventually paid off, with Max Kruse scoring from ten yards, and substitute Josh Sargent levelling the scores just minutes after. The game was far from over however, as in a dramatic finale, Bruma scored for the hosts to secure them a 3-2 victory. 

Bruma's celebrated his winner accordingly.

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22nd December

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Attendance: 40,455
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