Schalke 0-3 RB Leipzig: Visitors narrow gap to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich down to seven points as they begin to hit form ahead of upcoming Champions League test against Liverpool

Leipzig's Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer (L) and Schalke's Brazilian defender William de Asevedo Furtado vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on February 6, 2021.

RB Leipzig strolled past crisis club Schalke 3-0 to retain second spot in the Bundesliga table and keep alive their title hopes.

Julian Nagelsmann's side had to wait until stoppage time in the first half to open the scoring through Nordi Mukiele, before Marcel Sabitzer and then Willi Orban wrapped up the points in the second period.

The win leaves them seven points behind Bayern Munich in the table, while the home outfit are cut adrift nine points from safety at the bottom.

Leipzig will be bouyed by their recent form having won three games in a row in all competitions as they prepare to host Liverpool in the last-16 of the Champions League in 10 days time.

Second-half goals from Wout Weghorst and Ridle Baku gave Wolfsburg their fifth win in a row away to Augsburg, while Leverkusen were 5-2 home winners in an entertaining clash with Stuttgart.

Kerem Demirbay put Leverkusen in front with a neat backheel volley from close range on 18 minutes and nutmegged Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to double the lead shortly afterwards.

Sasa Kalajdzic struck twice in the second-half, but his second was a mere consolation goal. Leon Bailey and Florian Wirtz had already given Leverkusen a commanding lead.

English winger Demarai Gray, who joined Leverkusen from Leicester City in January, added a fifth before full-time on his debut to pick up his first Bundesliga.

Elsewhere, second-from-bottom Mainz moved to within four points of safety as Moussa Niakhate's first-half penalty gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Union Berlin.


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