RB Leipzig vs. Hertha Berlin score: Leipzig squanders chance to move to second place in Bundesliga

RB Leipzig blew a chance to move into second place in the Bundesliga on Wednesday. Leipzig drew Hertha Berlin 2-2 at home after finishing with 10 men and scoring one of their goals on a fortunate goalkeeping blunder. RB Leipzig became just another team that failed to win at home in what's a growing trend since play returned less than two weeks ago. 

It's a solid result for Hertha despite having the chances to take all three points, but the capital club is undefeated in three games since action resumed.

Here's a look at who scored and three takeaways from the match:

RB Leipzig 2, Hertha Berlin 2 (FT)

⚽ Hertha Berlin -- Marko Grujic (9')
⚽ RB Leipzig -- Lukas Klostermann (24')
⚽ RB Leipzig -- Patrik Schick (63')
⚽ Hertha Berlin-- Krzysztof Piatek (Penalty - 82')

1. Home trend continues

Leipzig-Hertha was the 23rd match played in the Bundesliga since the league returned, and only three teams have won at home -- Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Hertha. The lack of fans and their support seems to be playing a role, while there is still also a bit of rustiness. But these dropped points at home are putting some teams in uncomfortable situations. Had RB Leipzig won its two home games, the club would be firmly in second place and on the verge of Champions League qualification. 

2. Hertha had a blunder, but it's a fair result

Hertha Berlin has a renewed spirit under coach Bruno Labbadia, and it's shown with seven points out of nine since play resumed. There is a confidence on the ball, an organization and a belief from players that they can win every match. You could argue they should have won this one, outshooting RB Leipzig 11-7 and having a man advantage for a half an hour following the red card to Marcel Halstenberg. 

But Hertha shot itself in the foot when goalkeeper Rune Jarstein produced this blunder on Leipzig's second goal.

3. RB Leipzig has pressure building

RB Leipzig doesn't have a shot at winning the title, but the opportunity to finish second is certainly there. But so is the possibility of failing to qualify for the Champions League with the team holding just a two-point advantage over fifth place. The problem is consistency. RB Leipzig will win 5-0 against Mainz and then completely fall asleep against Hertha. Just take a look at the zonal marking on Marko Grujic's opener nine minutes in.

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RB Leipzig's defense fell asleep in this one.

Nobody ran with the player, with Dayot Upamecano guarding the top of the six-yard box, or so we thought. Everyone in the area failed to react, and Grujic put it away with ease to give the visitors the advantage. 

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May 27, 2020, 6:29 PM
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May 27, 2020, 6:29 PM

Four added minutes

Four minutes to go now, with Leipzig still going for the winner. A man down, they need to be cautious of a potential Hertha counter. 

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May 27, 2020, 6:20 PM
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May 27, 2020, 6:07 PM
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May 27, 2020, 6:02 PM

68' Goal for RB Leipzig! 

It's a shocker. An absolutely shocker. The Hertha goalkeeper just gave up as soft a goal as you could see, containing a shot from Schick and then knocking it in with an unfortunate bounce.

@HerthaBSC_EN via Twitter
May 27, 2020, 6:01 PM

60' 30 minutes to go

It's been a strong performance from Hertha overall, and they just got a boost. It's a red card for Halstenberg, giving the visitors a half an hour to take all three points. It was his second yellow after a late challenge on Cunha, which was definitely worth a card.

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May 27, 2020, 5:56 PM
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