Soccer-Leipzig lose 3-1 to Leverkusen for second defeat in a row


Soccer Football - Bundesliga - RB Leipzig v Bayer Leverkusen - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - November 28, 2021 Bayer Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - RB Leipzig suffered a 3-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, their second defeat in a row in the Bundesliga that dropped them to eighth place, piling pressure on coach Jesse Marsch.

Leipzig, runners-up last season, are already 13 points off leaders Bayern Munich following their fifth league defeat of the campaign.

It was Leverkusen's second straight win and they moved back into third place on 24 points.

Leverkusen, who have yet to lose on the road this season, had an early effort by Moussa Diaby ruled offside but went in front when Floria Wirtz powered into the box to latch on to a perfectly-timed Exequiel Palacios pass to chip the ball over the keeper.

They added another goal in the 34th with Diaby rifling in from a cross by Jonathan Tah.

Leipzig, 5-0 winners over Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday, were missing half a dozen players through injury and were toothless in attack until Andre Silva's powerful header in the 62nd cut the deficit.

But two minutes later Leverkusen restored their two-goal cushion when Angelino deflected Jeremie Frimpong's shot into the Leipzig goal.

The hosts' frustrating afternoon was complete when Dominik Szoboszlai's 88th minute penalty hit the post.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)

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