- Union Berlin’s Marius Bulter gave the visitors a shock lead early on in the match
- Timo Werner got the Bundesliga leaders back on level terms having gone behind
- RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer scores their second goal to move points clear
Timo Werner celebrates scoring his team and his team’s third to wrap up the victory
RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer scores their second goal as the league leaders moved five clear
Timo Werner got the Bundesliga leaders back on level terms having gone behind early on
FC Union Berlin’s Marius Bulter celebrates scoring their first goal with Christopher Lenz
Leipzig overcame more protests and a one-goal deficit to stretch its lead at the top with a 3-1 win at home over Union Berlin.
Union fans held a mock funeral march and erected a shrine before the game, displaying crosses and a large banner saying ‘Soccer is dying in Leipzig.’
The supporters stayed away from their seats before kickoff and remained silent for the first 15 minutes of the game in protest against the home side, which has been unpopular since its formation in 2009 through energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull.
Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Halstenberg, Upamecano, Klostermann, Mukiele; Nkunku, Sabitzer, Adams, Laimer; Werner, Schick
Subs: Mvogo, Ampadu, Wolf, Haidara, Hartmann, Ilsanker, Krauß, Lookman, Poulsen.
Union Berlin XI: Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Subotic, Parensen; Lenz, Ryerson, Andrich, Gentner; Andersson, Bülter, Ingvartsen
The Union fans couldn’t help breaking their silence in the 10th when Marius Bulter fired the visitors into an unexpected lead.
But Timo Werner scored twice in the second half as Leipzig came from behind to move five points clear of second-place Borussia Monchengladbach.
Werner’s brace took him to 20 league goals for the season.
This meant he leapfrogged Robert Lewandowski who plays against Hertha Berlin with Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Hansi Flick’s side are seven points off Leipzig with a game in hand.