2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Jamal Musiala (30')
  • Thomas Müller (34', 75')
  • Christopher Nkunku (19')
  • Justin Kluivert (36')
  • Emil Forsberg (48')

Bayern Munich stay top after thrilling 3-3 draw with Leipzig

Muller rescues Bayern in 6-goal thriller (2:17)

Thomas Muller scores twice in Bayern Munich's 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (2:17)

German champions Bayern Munich clung on to the Bundesliga's top spot after holding closest rivals RB Leipzig to a thrilling 3-3 home draw, with Thomas Muller scoring twice in a rip-roaring contest on Saturday.

The result left Bayern on 23 points from 10 games, two more than Leipzig and four ahead of third-placed Borussia Dortmund and fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who have a game in hand.

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Christopher Nkunku fired Leipzig ahead in the 19th minute when he picked up a defence-splitting pass by Emil Forsberg and slotted the ball into an empty net after rounding Bayern's advancing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern quickly turned the tide though, as 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, an England Under-21 international, levelled five minutes after coming on as a substitute for the injured Javier Martinez and Muller struck shortly afterwards.

Germany-born attacking midfielder Musiala showed his vast potential as he beat keeper Peter Gulacsi with a sublime low shot from 20 metres before Muller capped a flowing move with a clinical finish.

But Bayern's joy was short-lived as Justin Kluivert, on loan at Leipzig from Serie A side AS Roma, equalised barely a minute later with his first goal for the club when he took advantage of some slack defending and drilled the ball past Neuer.

Leipzig forced another twist in the 48th minute as Forsberg found the back of the net with a thumping header from six metres after an inch-perfect cross from Angelino as Bayern's defence was left exposed yet again.

But Muller made sure Bayern stayed in the league's driving seat when he powered a 75th-minute header past Gulacsi thanks to a fine cross from Kingsley Coman, with the France winger racking up three assists.

Leverkusen could move up to second and slash Bayern's lead to one point when they visit bottom team Schalke on Sunday.

German Bundesliga Standings

1 1. FC Union Berlin 8 +9 17
2 SC Freiburg 8 +6 17
3 Bayern Munich 8 +17 15
4 Borussia Dortmund 8 +1 15
5 TSG Hoffenheim 8 +5 14
6 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 +3 14
7 FC Cologne 8 +4 13
8 Werder Bremen 8 +5 12
9 Borussia Monchengladbach 8 +1 12
10 FC Augsburg 8 -4 12
11 RB Leipzig 8 +1 11
12 Mainz 8 -4 11
13 VfL Wolfsburg 8 -6 8
14 Hertha Berlin 8 -2 7
15 Schalke 04 8 -7 6
16 VfB Stuttgart 8 -4 5
17 Bayer Leverkusen 8 -7 5
18 VfL Bochum 8 -18 1