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Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nkunku scores past Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn during their 4-2 win.

Leipzig reclaim third spot

Berlin: RB Leipzig returned to third place in the Bundesliga with an entertaining 4-2 victory at Cologne on Monday.

Jhon Cordoba claimed the early advantage for the home side but Leipzig scored four in 37 minutes, including Timo Werner’s 31st in all competitions, to climb back above Borussia Moenchendgladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in the hunt for a Champions League place.

The home side took an early lead as Cordoba poached for his 10th home goal of the campaign.

Midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj’s effort deflected onto the far post and the Colombian finished from the rebound after seven minutes.

The sides were level 13 minutes later as Schick headed home

Angelino’s cross.

Things went from bad to worse for Gisdol’s men four minutes later as Cordoba was forced off with an injury and replaced by Anthony Modeste.

Leipzig took the lead eight minutes from the break as Christopher Nkunku claimed his first goal since January.

Austria midfielder Konrad Laimer played a clever ball into the box and former Paris Saint-Germain attacker Nkunku dinked his finish over the onrushing Timo Horn.

Leipzig went further ahead three minutes into the second-half as Werner, who has been linked with a move to Premier League leader Liverpool, raced clear in a rapid counter-attack and beat Horn with a side-footed

finish.

Cologne hit back four minutes later as Leipzig failed to clear outside its area and Modeste curled home a shot.

Leipzig’s two-goal lead was re-established less than two minutes later as Spain midfielder Dani Olmo scored his first goal since joining Leipzig in January with a curling shot of his own from the edge of the box.

Substitute Modeste seemed to have won the chance to reduce the advantage with 18 minutes left but was denied a penalty by VAR after Lucas Klostermann’s tackle.

Two minutes Modeste then wasted a one-on-one with Peter Gulasci and Nagelsmann’s Leipzig held on for three points.

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