Leipzig's Poulsen scores last-gasp winner against Leverkusen

Reuters , Saturday 8 Apr 2017

Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, April 8, 2017 AP

RB Leipzig scored a stoppage-time goal through substitute Yussuf Poulsen to snatch a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and provisionally cut Bayern Munich's lead to seven points.

Leverkusen had keeper Bernd Leno to thank for keeping a clean sheet in the first half as the hosts were more aggressive and also came close with Emil Forsberg whose low shot scraped past the post.

Timo Werner then missed his share of chances to put Leipzig ahead while Karim Bellarabi squandered Leverkusen's greatest opportunity with only the Leipzig keeper to beat before the hosts' captain Willi Orban was sent off with a second booking in the 88th.

But Forsberg staged one last run down the wing and found Poulsen, who slid in to score off the post deep in stoppage time to lift Leipzig to 58 points.

Leaders Bayern, who host fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund in the league's big game later on Saturday, are on 65.

Hoffenheim suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Hamburg SV with Aaron Hunt scoring twice for the hosts, to remain third on 51, a point ahead of Dortmund.

Schalke 04 scored twice in each half to crush strugglers VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 to climb up to 10th on 37 points. The result left the 2009 Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in 14th place, a point above the relegation playoff spot.

Freiburg beat Mainz 05 1-0 to continue their fine run and move up to fifth while also piling further pressure on Mainz coach Martin Schmidt, whose team have now lost their fifth straight league game and drop to 15th on 29.

Cologne slumped to a 3-2 home loss against Borussia Moenchengladbach thanks to Lars Stindl's 80th minute winner. Cologne dropped to sixth.

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