Summary

  • Keita gives dominant Leipzig lead before half-time, adding a second with his head.
  • Gnabry reduces the arrears with his third of the season.
  • Selke seals win with goal against his former club.

RB Leipzig extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games with a 3-1 win over SV Werder Bremen whose recent resurgence was stalled.

RB Leipzig 3-1 SV Werder Bremen

Goals: 1-0 Keita (42'), 2-0 Keita (75'), 2-1 Gnabry (76'), 3-1 Selke (90+5')

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Yussuf Poulsen embodied Leipzig's brimming confidence with an early run and shot which prepared Felix Wiedwald for a busy afternoon in the Bremen goal. Leipzig continued to dominate and a goal seemed almost inevitable. Naby Keita provided it three minutes before half-time, dribbling his way through the Bremen defence and rounding Wiedwald before cutting his shot in from a tight angle.

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Bremen showed signs of life early in the second half, hitting the frame of the goal after a corner. Wiedwald soon saw the ball back at his end, though, and he did well to keep out Emil Forsberg's effort, and was lucky to see Poulsen head the rebound over. Keita nodded in a second for the hosts, from substitute Davie Selke's cross, before Serge Gnabry slid in to cut their celebrations short. They were sparked again in stoppage time, though, when Selke sealed victory with a goal against his former club.

Keita (r.) was a constant thorn in Bremen's side.

Man of the Match

Keita's second and third goals of the season were fruit of his intense labour: No other Leipzig player touched the ball more than he did in the first half (77 times), while he also won 57 per cent of his tackles in the first 45 minutes.

Talking Point

The last team before Leipzig to go seven games unbeaten following promotion to the Bundesliga were 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1997/98, and they went on to win the league. Having now gone eight games without defeat, Leipzig have more than good reason to think big.

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Match Stats

  • Bremen had an unchanged side from one game to another for the first time this season.
  • Keita scored his first goal of the season as part of the starting XI (his last came as a sub against Dortmund).
  • Gnabry scored his third of the season – no other Bremen player has scored more than once.

Line-ups

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Bernardo, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg – Keita, Demme – Kaiser, Forsberg (84' Ilsanker) – Werner (71' Selke) – Poulsen (89' Burke)

Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Bremen: Wiedwald – Gebre Selassie, Sane, Moisander, S. Garcia – Grillitsch (78' Veljkovic) – Hajrovic (62' Bartels), Fritz (c) (70' Johannsson), Junuzovic, Gnabry – Manneh

Coach: Alexander Nouri