Bundesliga Review Leipizg learn tough 'lesson' in Bayern trouncing

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Leipzig's Austrian head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany, on December 21, 2016 play

Leipzig's Austrian head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany, on December 21, 2016

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Ralph Hasenhuettl admitted 10-man RB Leipzig had been taught a tough "lesson" as leaders Bayern Munich handed out a 3-0 hammering to their nearest Bundesliga rivals.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed a "perfect" opening 30 minutes in which Thiago Alcantara and Xabi Alonso scored early goals before Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.

It left the visitors to play an hour on Wednesday at Munich's Allianz Arena a man down in the top-of-the-table clash.

Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi then compounded his team's problems by fouling Douglas Costa to concede a penalty which Robert Lewandowski converted on 45 minutes to make it 3-0.

The result left Munich three points clear of their battered opponents at the top of the German league table heading into the winter break.

"That was a lesson, it was a top show from Bayern," admitted Leipzig coach Hasenhuettl.

"Our system only works when everyone is in sync and we had a few players who weren't 100 percent fit.

"You can't do much to defend against Bayern when they play like that."

Any chance Leipzig had of clawing their way back from 2-0 down was ended by Forsberg's dreadful tackle on Philipp Lahm when the Sweden international trod on the Bayern captain's Achilles tendon.

"We don't need to talk about the red card by Emil," added the Leipzig boss.

Leipzig's striker Emil Forsberg has to leave the pitch after a red card during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany, on December 21, 2016 play

Leipzig's striker Emil Forsberg has to leave the pitch after a red card during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany, on December 21, 2016

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"We all make mistakes, so I'm not going to demonise him, but I'm still proud of how the team has done so far."

Prior to the Munich showdown, Leipzig had kept Bayern off top spot for three weeks at the start of the month and the two teams have been in a neck-and-neck battle since.

But Ancelotti's side dominated and shut Leipzig out after the break as they used their 75 percent possesssion to dish out a masterclass to their young rivals, who are in their first German league season.

"We were very aggressive and quickly established control," said Bayern's Italian coach.

"Everything was in tune - the pace and the gameplay, which gives us self-confidence, but we must still improve."

Lahm said Bayern had wanted to prove a point to their Bundesliga rivals.

"All of Germany had an eye on this game and was looking forward to it," said the Bayern captain.

"It was a duel between two teams who wanted to prove themselves.

"We wanted to throw down a marker before the winter break, which we managed to achieve, especially in the first half."

Leipzig captain Willi Orban admitted his side had simply been outplayed.

"We had made a lot of plans, but it was not the game that we had wanted," said the centre-back.

"Bayern were just better today and really deserved it."

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