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ANOTHER CLINICAL LEIPZIG PERFORMANCE
Julian Nagelsmann's Leipzig return to the top of the table with a fantastic performance against Bremen. The home side were injury-ridden, but Leipzig took no mercy on their hosts in scoring three times against the struggling side. Marcel Sabitzer's stunning free-kick the pick of the bunch.
ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET FOR GULACSI?
The meanest defence of last season is doing the same thing this season. If they are able to keep a clean sheet in the final minutes it will be just three goals conceded in the opening five matches of the season.
SARCCHI MAKES IT THREE
Werner shows off his ridiculous speed down the right wing to get onto a long ball. He looks up and plays the ball to Haidara in the middle. His first-time shot is parried by Pavlenka, but only as far as the substitute up from the back. He smashes home his first Bundesliga goal to seal the deal on Leipzig returning to the top of the table.
GOAL!0 : 3
PIZARRO HEADS OVER
A dink ball forward from midfield into the box is met by Pizarro. He goes for goal with a header from the tough angle, and can't find the target. Leipzig forcing Bremen to take chances that they most likely don't want to.
BITTENCOURT CAN'T FIND HIS MAN
The midfielder is played in behind the defence and can pull the ball back across goal, but Leipzig's defence makes the vital stop.
15 TO GO...
It's all Bremen in terms of possession and territory, with Leipzig pinned back into their own box. However, the wall of defence that the away side have built up is proving difficult to breakdown for the home side.
A CHANCE FOR BREMEN NOW?
Leipzig are down to 10 men and Bremen can now push on to force the agenda here. Despite the injuries, an extra man on the pitch could be a big game-changer? We'll have to see what they can do in the 20 minutes remaining.
Konrad Laimer has been sent off for RB Leipzig after collecting his second yellow card for a handball.
PIZARRO COMING ON
It's worth remembering Bremen's injury troubles, with as many as six usual starters out tonight. Pizarro now coming on to try and bring some new bite in the attack, with his incredible experience. This is the Peruvian's 237th Bundesliga appearance, a Bremen club record.
SABITZER FIRES OVER
The Austrian remains involved in everything good for Leipzig. This time he's on the end of a long ball forward, but goes for goal with a left-footed volley. It goes wide of the mark this time to his frustration, but Leipzig remain in top form at the start of this second half.
FIVE IN FIVE FOR SABITZER
The Austrian's goal earlier is his second of the season to with three assists, making it five goals he has contributed to in the opening five games of the season.
NKUNKU HEADS WIDE
A great cross from Sabitzer found the head of Nkunku in the middle, but the Frenchman headed wide from in front of goal.
The second half is underway in Bremen. The away side have made a change with Marcelo Saracchi coming on for his first appearance of the season, replacing Nordi Mukiele.
LEIPZIG CLINICAL FROM SET-PIECES
It's been a relatively even game so far in Bremen, but Leipzig are two goals ahead thanks to their work from set-pieces. The first coming from Orban's header from an Nkunku corner, and then Sabitzer's unstoppable free-kick. Both avoidable for Bremen, and the fact that both were taken by Leipzig proves why they are top of the table.
KLAASSEN'S SHOT OFF THE LINE
Incredible stuff as the ball drops to Klaassen at the back post. He takes a touch and fires at goal. Gulacsi gets a touch to it, but the ball is bound for the back of the net if not for Konate and Upamecano who block it together on the line. Fantastic defending from the French pair!
WHAT A STUNNING GOAL!
One of the Bundesliga's best free-kick takers does the business again. Sabitzer steps up from 25 yards and curls an absolute beauty into the top corner. Pavlenka has no chance, and it's not often you can say that.
GOAL!0 : 2
The away side keeping up the pressure with a couple of corners in succession here. Bremen's counter-attack not working as well right now, with Konate, Upamecano and Orban cleaning it up at the back.
LEIPZIG ON TOP NOW
Nagelsmann's side taking control of this game since going ahead. Bremen being frustrated by Leipzig's possession and movement.
ORBAN BACK IN THE GOALS...
Funnily enough, Orban's last Leipzig goal in the Bundesliga came against Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim back in February. His goal today came with Leipzig's first effort on goal.
ORBAN HEADS LEIPZIG AHEAD!
Simple as that for Leipzig. Nkunku whips in a corner from the right and Orban meets it on the run, glancing the ball off his face, in the end, and past Pavlenka. Bremen will be frustrated to have conceded from a set-piece.
Willi Thomas Orban
GOAL!0 : 1
MIDFIELD BATTLE HERE
The ball is getting stuck in the middle of the pitch so far in this game. Both side's defences standing firm, while good tackles are coming in from both midfield groups. It's a tight and competitive match so far...
SARGENT DOWN IN THE BOX...
The American forward powers into the box while holding off the challenge of Upamecano. He goes down in the end under the Frenchman's pressure, but no penalty is given.
CONFIDENT START FROM BOTH SIDES
While Leipzig are enjoying most of the ball, Bremen look happy to work with the counter while pressing the visiting side as much as they can. No chances on goal thus far.
UNDERWAY IN BREMEN
We're off and away in Bremen with a loud and proud home crowd in full voice.
HERE THEY COME
The two teams coming out onto the pitch here at the Weser-Stadion and we're ready for a big atmosphere and a big game.
CONGRATULATIONS YUSSUF POULSEN
RB Leipzig have just announced that Poulsen's partner, Maria, has given birth to a son. Congratulations from all at the Bundesliga to Poulsen and his new family. The Denmark international is not involved today for those obvious reasons.
LEIPZIG TO GO TOP?
Julian Nagelsmann's side will go two points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table once again, should they beat Bremen this evening.
Augustinsson (knee), Bartels (knee), Füllkrug (torn ACL ligament), Langkamp (calf), Möhwald (knee), Moisander (calf), Osako (thigh), Sahin (suspended), Toprak (calf), Veljkovic (broken toe). SO many names missing out, meaning two U23 players start today against Leipzig.
AN INJURY-LIST FOR LEIPZIG AS WELL
The away side are also far from full strength. Julian Nagelsmann is without Yussuf Poulsen today, with his partner due to give birth, as well as Marcel Halstenberg, Patrick Schick, Kevin Kampl and Tyler Adams all missing out. Christopher Nkunku earns a start with the absentees mentioned.
GOLLER IN AT THE DEEP END
With Bremen's injury list standing so cruelly tall at the moment, Florian Kohfeldt has had to call on one or two youngsters for this game. Benjamin Goller comes in to start for the first time in the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old midfielder is new to Bremen this season having joined from Schalke.
Gulacsi – Upamecano, Konate, Orban (c) – Mukiele, Sabitzer, Laimer, Nkunku, Klostermann – Cunha, Werner (SUBS: Mvogo, Saracchi, Haidara, Forsberg, Ilsanker, Lookman, Ampadu, Demme)
Pavlenka – Lang, Gebre Selassie, Groß, Friedl – Goller, M. Eggestein, Klaassen (c) – Bittencourt – J. Eggestein, Sargent (SUBS: Kapino, Rashica, Pizarro, Ihorst, Straudi, Gruev, Bargfrede)
LINE-UPS COMING UP!
We'll have all the official line-ups from today's late game as injury-ridden Werder play host to RB Leipzig.
Welcome along to the match centre for the game Bremen vs. Leipzig from matchday 5 of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season at the wohninvest WESERSTADION. Check back here for full information on the match.