RB Leipzig lose ground in title chase after draw with Freiburg

RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga title hopes suffered a blow as visitors Freiburg held them to a 1-1 draw as the German top-flight returned to action.

The voices of players and coaches echoed around empty stadiums, in which players wore face masks in the dressing rooms and during the warm-ups, respected social distancing on the benches and for the pre-match pleasantries, but then got stuck in on the pitch.

Leipzig wasted a slew of great chances after falling behind when Manuel Gulde struck but captain Yussuf Poulsen rose to head them level in the 77th minute, and they needed the assistance of the video assistant referee (VAR) to grab a point as Freiburg had a stoppage-time goal ruled out for offside when Robin Koch thought he headed home.

The draw leaves them five points off leaders Bayern Munich who are just one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund after they swept past Schalke 4-0.

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