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RB Leipzig shock Dortmund, Pohjanpalo stars for Bayer


Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig stunned Bundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Saturday to claim the club’s first win in the German top flight, while Joel Pohjanpalo scored a stunning hat-trick in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-1 defeat of Hamburg.

Guinea international Naby Keita struck a minute from time as Leipzig, founded just seven years ago, toppled Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund in their first Bundesliga home game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang threatened early for Dortmund and Andre Schuerrle hit the bar, while Timo Werner and Dominik Kaiser both went close for the hosts, before Keita popped up with the winner following an assist from Scottish teenage debutant Oliver Burke.

The 19-year-old became Scotland’s most expensive player after joining Leipzig from Nottingham Forest for around £13 million (15.4 million euros, $17.3 million) last month. 

Earlier, US international Bobby Wood gave Hamburg the lead just before the hour against Leverkusen at the BayArena, but the introduction of Finland striker Pohjanpalo on 72 minutes swung the game dramatically in the home side’s favour.

The 21-year-old, who scored on his Bundesliga debut last month, equalised for Leverkusen within seven minutes of his arrival, but was far from done as he netted twice more in stoppage time to hand Roger Schmidt’s side their first points of the season.

Leverkusen begin their Champions League adventure when they host CSKA Moscow in the opening round of group stage matches midweek, but Borussia Moenchengladbach will have to recover quickly ahead of their trip to Manchester City after losing 3-1 at promoted Freiburg. 

Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, fired the visitors ahead 10 minutes before half-time, but two goals from Freiburg midfielder Maximilian Philipp turned the game on its head before Nils Petersen added a late third from the penalty spot.

Wolfsburg laboured to a 0-0 draw at home to Cologne, who were playing without injured goalkeeper Timo Horn, while Hertha Berlin picked up a second straight win as they defeated Ingolstadt through goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Julian Schieber.

Sandro Sirigu grabbed a last-minute winner for Darmstadt in a 1-0 home victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

On Friday, Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich struck late goals in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win at Schalke as teenage Portugal star Renato Sanches made his debut for the Bavarian giants.

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