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Bundesliga wrap: Adams returns, Leipzig goes top; Bayern teen strikes again

Tyler Adams Bundesliga Leipzig

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 21: Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig is put under pressure by Ruben Vargas and Iago of FC Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg at Red Bull Arena on December 21, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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American midfielder Tyler Adams returned to the field for the first time since the summer as RB Leipzig held onto the table’s first position on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig blasted Augsburg and has a little breathing room after Jurgen Klinsmann’s Hertha Berlin drew Gladbach to continue his fine early tenure

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Bayern Munich again got teenage heroics to move third.

RB Leipzig 3-1 Augsburg

Adams’ first action in more than a half-year saw the 20-year-old go 86 minutes at right back. The New Yorker had two interceptions and won 7 of 10 duels while making 84 touches and being fouled four times.

He didn’t factor in the scoring, as Leipzig trailed to an 8th minute Florian Niederlechner goal until breaking out for three in the second half. Konrad Laimer, Patrik Schick, and Yussuf Poulsen scored, and RBL leads the table by two points.

Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg

USMNT center back John Brooks and the visitors put a scare into the reigning champs, but late heroics came from a familiar place as Bayern broke through for all three points.

Teenager Joshua Zirkzee came on as a late sub and again scored with one of his first touches, just like he did at midweek.

The 83rd minute marker was followed quickly by a Serge Gnabry goal, also just like midweek.

Hertha Berlin 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

The new manager bounce is real in Berlin, where Jurgen Klinsmann has led Hertha to a 2W-2D-1L mark. The club was 3-1-7 when he took over, and this time got a point against second place Gladbach. Hertha kept Gladbach from manufacturing a single “big chance,” according to SofaScore.

The fixtures haven’t been easy: Borussia Dortmund (loss), Eintracht Frankfurt (draw), Freiburg (win), Bayer (win), and now Gladbach.

Elsewhere
Hoffenheim 2-1 Borussia Dortmund -- Friday
Koln 1-0 Werder Bremen
Mainz 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Schalke 2-2 Freiburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Koln -- 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Paderborn v. Eintracht Frankfurt -- Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
RB Leipzig1711424820285-2-16-2-137
Mönchengladbach1711243318157-1-14-1-335
Bayern Munich1710344622246-1-24-2-233
Borussia Dortmund178634124175-3-03-3-330
FC Schalke 0417863292184-4-14-2-230
Bayer Leverkusen17845232123-4-25-0-328
1899 Hoffenheim178362528-34-1-44-2-227
SC Freiburg17755272344-2-23-3-326
VfL Wolfsburg17665181803-4-23-2-324
FC Augsburg176562831-34-2-22-3-423
1. FC Union Berlin166281922-35-0-41-2-420
Hertha BSC Berlin175482229-73-1-42-3-419
Eintracht Frankfurt165382627-14-3-21-0-618
FSV Mainz 051760112539-143-0-53-0-618
1. FC Köln1752101932-133-1-42-1-617
Werder Bremen173592341-181-2-52-3-414
Fortuna Düsseldorf1633101635-192-1-41-2-612
SC Paderborn1623111835-171-1-61-2-59