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RB Leipzig knock Bayern off top, extend record

RB Leipzig again knocked Bayern Munich from top spot in the Bundesliga table on Saturday as their 2-1 win at home to Schalke 04 left them three points clearPSG vs Bayern Munich

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RB Leipzig again knocked Bayern Munich from top spot in the Bundesliga table on Saturday as their 2-1 win at home to Schalke 04 left them three points clear.

Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern had regained the lead with a 3-1 win at Mainz on Friday night, but Leipzig replaced them less than 24 hours later.

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Leipzig's Timo Werner in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RasenBallsport Leipzig and FC Schalke 04

An early Christmas for Bundesliga fans

Bayern and Leipzig are set to meet at Munich's Allianz Arena on December 21 in a mouth-watering pre-Christmas showdown.

A second-half own-goal from Schalke's Bosnia international Sead Kolasinac sealed Leipzig's win, their 10th league victory, extending their record unbeaten run to 13 matches in their first Bundesliga season.

Leipzig took an early lead in controversial fashion as Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann conceded a penalty with just 19 seconds gone when the referee judged he had made contact with RB's top scorer Timo Werner.

Leipzig dive to the top

Replays showed the Leipzig forward dived, but Werner, 20, drilled in his eighth league goal of the season. Faehrmann was booked to add insult to injury for Schalke.

RB Leipzig Timo Werner in action against FC Schalke 04's goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann before he was fouled for a penalty kick.

RB Leipzig Timo Werner in action against FC Schalke 04's goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann before he was fouled for a penalty kick.

Werner insisted he told referee Bastian Dankert -- who later admitted he made the wrong decision after watching replays -- that there was no contact from Faehrmann, but went to ground from a push by Schalke defender Naldo.

'I'm sorry that it looks like a dive, that wasn't my intention, but there was a push from Naldo,' insisted Werner after watching replays.

'I told the referee there was no contact from Faehrmann, but he didn't listen to me in the heat of the moment.'

Long after the final whistle, Faehrmann was still fuming about the incident.

'It's enough to make you sick. Werner told him (Dankert) that there was no contact and I still got a yellow card,' said the goalkeeper.

Schalke regained their composure and drew level when Bosnia winger Kolasinac drilled home a cross on 32 minutes.

But the 23-year-old, who has been linked to Liverpool, turned the ball into his own net two minutes into the second half following a free-kick from Leipzig's Emil Forsberg.

Dortmund thrash Moenchengladbach

Earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Borussia Dortmund prepared for their Champions League clash at Real Madrid with a 4-1 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Dortmund's players celebrate during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach

Dortmund's players celebrate during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach

With both sides already into the last 16, the victor at Real's Bernabeu on Wednesday will be confirmed as Group F winners and fifth-placed Dortmund warmed-up with an emphatic win over Moenchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park.

Fleet-footed Marco Reus weighed in with three assists as Dortmund fought back after Gladbach took the lead with six minutes gone when Brazilian forward Raffael slotted home from the edge of the area.

Lukasz Piszczek headed home and Ousmane Dembele also netted in the second half to seeal an emphatic win.