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Football news - Poulsen double helps Leipzig close in on top three

Poulsen double helps Leipzig close in on top three
By Reuters

16/02/2019 at 20:54Updated 16/02/2019 at 23:00

RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen scored twice as they beat VfB Stuttgart 3-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to move within a point of third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The 24-year-old Dane scored twice in a game for the fifth time this season in the Bundesliga to take his tally to 12 league goals so far.

He opened the scoring in the sixth minute and added Leipzig's third in the 74th, after Marcel Sabitzer had put them ahead again following Steven Zuber's equaliser for Stuttgart in the 16th.

Leipzig are on 41 points, with Gladbach, who are in action at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, on 42.

Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) mit einem Traum-Freistoß gegen den VfB Stuttgart

Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) mit einem Traum-Freistoß gegen den VfB StuttgartGetty Images

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are top with 50 points, are in action on Monday against Nuremberg. Champions Bayern Munich are two points behind in second place after their 3-2 comeback win over Augsburg on Friday.

VfL Wolfsburg climbed to fifth on 35 points after a 3-0 victory over Mainz 05 while Werder Bremen's 40-year-old forward Claudio Pizarro scored with a free kick just before the final whistle to secure a dramatic 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin.

Werder, who stretched their unbeaten run to five games this year courtesy of Peruvian Pizarro's third goal of the season, are 10th.

Claudio Pizarro of Werder Bremen

Claudio Pizarro of Werder BremenGetty Images

"I hope this record will never be broken," Pizarro, in his fifth stint at the club, told reporters. "I am extremely proud of this record."

The striker, who has also played for Bayern Munich and Chelsea, is already the all-time top foreign scorer in the league with 195 goals.

Werder, who stretched their unbeaten run to five games this year courtesy of Peruvian Pizarro's third goal of the season, are 10th.

VfL Wolfsburg climbed to fifth on 35 points after a 3-0 victory over Mainz 05

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