European Roundup: Liverpool Bound Naby Keïta Scores In RB Leipzig Win

Florian Thauvin pushes France case by inspiring Marseille to victory

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RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta, who will join Liverpool in the summer at the latest, fires his side into the lead against Schalke with the help of a big deflection off Naldo. Photograph: Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images

Naby Keïta was among the scorers as

RB Leipzig moved above >Schalke and into second place

in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 home victory over the Gelsenkirchen side.

Amid continued talk about the possibility of his move to Liverpool being brought forward from the summer to this month, Keïta gave the hosts the lead in the 41st minute with a strike from outside the box that took a considerable deflection off Naldo. That was four minutes after Leipzig’s Jean-Kévin Augustin had had a penalty saved by Ralf Fährmann. Naldo equalised with a header in the 55th, then lost possession in the 69th, with the resulting Leipzig attack seeing the ball worked to the substitute Timo Werner, who tucked it home. Werner then provided the assist two minutes later from which Bruma fired in the third as Schalke sunk to their first defeat since September.

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Earlier on Saturday, struggling

Stuttgart ended a run of four straight league losses with a 1-0 home triumph over

Hertha Berlin. Mario Gomez, who rejoined the Swabian club this month from Wolfsburg, went down in the area under a challenge from Niklas Stark 12 minutes from time and, while the Germany striker was appealing for a penalty, Stark somehow dispatched a deft lob over his own goalkeeper for the game’s only goal. The result lifted Hannes Wolf’s side four points clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Niclas Füllkrug scored a hat-trick as

Hannover battled from two goals down to beat

Mainz 3-2. South Korea midfielder Koo Ja-cheol settled matters on the stroke of half-time as

Augsburg edged past second-bottom

Hamburg 1-0.

Eintracht Frankfurt were held to a 1-1 home draw by

Freiburg and

Hoffenheim also had to settle for a 1-1 draw at

Werder Bremen.

On Friday

Bayern Munich, who are 13 points clear of Leipzig, won 3-1 at

Bayer Leverkusen as the Bundesliga resumed after its winter break.

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Florian Thauvin has has nine assists and nine goals in Ligue 1 this season after another match-winning display for Marseille. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Florian Thauvin joined Neymar at the top of the assists charts in Ligue 1 and added a goal as

Marseille won 3-0 at

Rennes. The former Newcastle forward almost got an incredible fourth goal for Marseille in injury time, hitting the crossbar with a delightful floating chip from near the halfway line. Thauvin now has nine assists, in addition to nine league goals, and is staking a strong claim for a place in France’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.

After shrugging off missing a first-half penalty, Thauvin set up striker Valère Germain for a close-range finish in the 35th minute. Morgan Sanson made it 2-0 with a fine curling strike from the edge of the penalty area. The irrepressible Thauvin finished off Rennes in the 82nd, drifting to the back post to meet Luiz Gustavo’s dipping cross and sending a looping header over goalkeeper Tomas Koubek. “We won in style,” Thauvin said. “I hope we can keep going like this.”

Marseille remained in fourth place, level on points with Lyon, who host Angers on Sunday, and a point behind

Monaco, who could only draw 0-0 at

Montpellier. The leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who are nine points clear of Monaco, are away to fifth-place Nantes on Sunday.

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/13/european-roundup-naby-keita-rb-lepizig-schalke

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European Roundup: Liverpool Bound Naby Keïta Scores In RB Leipzig Win