Highlights

90'
+ 1

FULL-TIME! LEIPZIG 4-1 MAINZ

The referee puts ten-man Mainz out of their misery. They've been well beaten by Leipzig, who climb into the top half.
Full-time
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Silvan Dominic Widmer
Silvan Dominic Widmer 33.09km/h
2.
Joško Gvardiol
Joško Gvardiol 32.84km/h
3.
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo 32.46km/h
88'

SWEET 16

It was Bayern's Paul Wanner yesterday - now it's the turn of Sidney Raebiger. The 16 year old becomes Leipzig's youngest player to appear in the German top tier.
87'

Substitution

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Sidney Raebiger
Sidney Raebiger
sub
Dominik Szoboszlai
Dominik Szoboszlai
83'

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

Fresh legs on both sides, and a chance to impress for the likes of Joscha Wosz and Merveille Papela in the closing stages. Leipzig have taken their foot off the gas since that fourth goal.
82'

Substitution

sub
Paul Nebel
Paul Nebel
sub
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo
82'

Substitution

sub
Merveille Papela
Merveille Papela
sub
Jae-sung Lee
Jae-sung Lee
82'

Substitution

sub
Anderson Lucoqui
Anderson Lucoqui
sub
Aarón Martín
Aarón Martín
82'

Substitution

sub
Joscha Wosz
Joscha Wosz
sub
Lukas Klostermann
Lukas Klostermann
75'

CHANCE!

Leipzig toying with Mainz as Nkunku gets off a shot in the box, but it's straight at Zentner.
68'

SILVA EARNS A BREATHER

No hat-trick for Silva, but he'll be happy with his first Bundesliga brace in Leipzig colours. Young Novoa, 18, makes his third Bundesliga appearance of the campaign.
68'

Substitution

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Hugo Novoa
Hugo Novoa
sub
André Silva
André Silva
66'

STRIKE RATE

Leipzig have scored with 50 percent of their efforts on goal, and we still have over 20 minutes of normal time remaining...
Goal attempts
8 off target
7 on target
1 off target
1 on target
66'

xGoals

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
xGoals
4
4.02
0.24
1
Goals
65'

Substitution

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David Nemeth
David Nemeth
sub
Jonathan Burkardt
Jonathan Burkardt
64'

Substitution

sub
Leandro Barreiro
Leandro Barreiro
sub
Jean-Paul Boëtius
Jean-Paul Boëtius
62'

SILVA AT THE DOUBLE!

Leipzig are running away with it! Nkunku waltzes through the Mainz defence, before laying the ball off. Szoboszlai leaves it for Silva, who thunders a finish past Zentner from just inside the box.
61'

André Silva

GOAL!

4 : 1
André Silva
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
48 %
59'

GOAL MANIA

Mainz hit back with a wonderfully worked effort through Lee, only for Leipzig to restore their two-goal lead from the restart. Szoboszlai sends Nkunku through, and he calmly dinks over the advancing Zentner.
59'

Yellow card

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Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
58'

Christopher Nkunku

GOAL!

3 : 1
Christopher Nkunku
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
47 %
57'

Jae-sung Lee

GOAL!

2 : 1
Jae-sung Lee
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
17 %
49'

LEIPZIG DOUBLE THEIR LEAD!

A mountain to climb for Mainz now. A ball up from the back finds Nkunku, who squares for Szoboszlai to fire into the top corner with the outside of his right foot. There's a check for a possible offside against Szoboszlai in the build-up, but he didn't touch the initial ball.
47'

Dominik Szoboszlai

GOAL!

2 : 0
Dominik Szoboszlai
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
28 %
46'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
Situation No goal
Review Offside?
Decision Goal
46'

NKUNKU ON

Christopher Nkunku's on for Leipzig at the start of the second half. Life is about to get a whole lot harder for Mainz...
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

Substitution

sub
Christopher Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku
sub
Yussuf Poulsen
Yussuf Poulsen
45'
+ 3

HALF-TIME! LEIPZIG 1-0 MAINZ

Andre Silva's penalty is the difference between the two sides at the break. Leipzig created the better chances, and have been fairly comfortable since Alexander Hack's sending off.
Half-time
41'

INTO THE WALL

Martin wins an indirect free-kick in the Leipzig area for a high boot against Poulsen. Three players line up to take, but it's curled into the Leipzig wall.
36'

POULSEN LURKING

Szoboszlai tries to find Poulsen, but the cross is just out of the Dane's reach. Angelino's return ball - also directed towards the head of Poulsen - is collected by Zentner.
32'

PRESSURE MOUNTING

Leipzig tease the ten men of Mainz with some slick passing in the final third, before Szoboszlai shoots wide via a deflection. A second goal before the break would put the hosts in firm control.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Silvan Dominic Widmer
Silvan Dominic Widmer 33.09km/h
2.
Joško Gvardiol
Joško Gvardiol 31.14km/h
3.
Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams 31.06km/h
25'

WIDE!

Leipzig looking to make their numerical advantage count as Kampl fires wide from outside the box. Not his strong suit, but a decent effort.
Goal attempts
2 off target
4 on target
0 off target
0 on target
22'

LEIPZIG LEAD!

Drama at the Red Bull Arena! Zentner thwarts Poulsen at close quarters, with the rebound falling to Silva. He launches it goalwards, only to be denied by Hack's outstretched hand. The VAR confirms the decision as Mainz go down to ten men, and Silva dispatches the ensuing penalty.
21'

André Silva

GOAL!

1 : 0
André Silva
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
77 %
19'

Red card

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Alexander Hack
Alexander Hack
19'

ZENTNER!

Gvardiol powers in off the left-hand side and curls goalwards from 20 yards. Zentner's at full stretch, turning it round the post with his fingertips. Superb stop.
16'

LEE CAUTIONED

Lee is penalised after going in hard on Klostermann. Studs were on show as he slid towards the ball, though there didn't appear to be any malice in the challenge.
16'

Yellow card

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Jae-sung Lee
Jae-sung Lee
13'

WHAT A CHANCE!

Leipzig with some quick one-touch football on the corner of the area. Adams shifts it out to Szoboszlai, who pings an inch-perfect cross towards Silva in the box. He buries them normally, but doesn't make a connection on this occasion - perhaps put off by the jump of Widmer ahead of him.
6'

MAINZ CONFIDENCE

Positive start from Mainz, who are getting in the Leipzig faces and shifting the ball with real purpose.
1'

LET'S GET IT ON!

Under way at the Red Bull Arena, where some Rocky-style motivational music was blaring out before kick-off. No fans in attendance, remember.
Kick-off!
5:01
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WATCH: THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Staying with Nkunku, he's been one of the stars of the season so far. The Frenchman has a team-leading seven goals and five assists in the Bundesliga, and had a direct hand in nine (seven goals and two assists) during a difficult, and ultimately unsuccessful, UEFA Champions League group campaign. He's also made one and scored another across two DFB Cup fixtures.
1:59
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WATCH: DECEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES

Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku didn't disappoint in December. The former PSG attacker, only fit enough for a place on the bench today, scored two and assisted another, contributing to half his team’s strikes across a hot and cold month.
2:03
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PREVIOUS MEETING

He may be missing today, but Niakhate got Mainz off to a winning start to 2021/22 when the sides last met on the opening weekend, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 home win.

MAINZ TEAM NEWS

As for Mainz, Bo Svensson makes just two changes. One is enforced, with captain Moussa Niakhate unavailable. Daniel Brosinski comes in for his first start since Matchday 7. We’ll have to see if he’s in the back three or goes to right wing-back, with Silvan Widmer dropping back. The other change sees Jean-Paul Boetius make his first start since Matchday 13, in place of Leandro Barreiro.

LEIPZIG TEAM NEWS

Domenico Tedesco makes four changes to the side that lost the final game of 2021 at home to Bielefeld. Nordi Mukiele, Benjamin Henrichs and Emil Forsberg all miss out, while Christopher Nkunku is only fit enough for the bench after returning to Leipzig only on Thursday. Mohamed Simakan, Lukas Klostermann, Tyler Adams and Yussuf Poulsen come into the team. The latter makes his first appearance since the start of November, having scored in his last three Bundesliga games.

MAINZ SUBS

Dahmen, Barreiro, Stöger, Lucoqui, Papela, Nebel, Nemeth, Bobzien

MAINZ XI

Zentner (c) – Bell, Hack, Brosinski – Widmer, Stach, Lee, Martin – Boetius – Burkardt, Onisiwo

LEIPZIG SUBS

Tschauner, Martinez, Nkunku, Raebiger, Novoa, Hartmann, Ibrahimi, Wosz

LEIPZIG XI

Gulacsi (c) – Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol – Klostermann, Adams, Kampl, Angelino –Szoboszlai – Poulsen, Silva
0:14
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WATCH: INSIDE THE LEIPZIG CHANGING ROOM

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