Timo Werner scored his fifth brace of the season in RB Leipzig's 4-1 win over Mainz. - © © ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images
Timo Werner scored his fifth brace of the season in RB Leipzig's 4-1 win over Mainz. - © © ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images
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Brace yourself for Timo Werner: RB Leipzig's master of the two-goal haul

They say good things come in threes, but for RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, two is the magic number.

The 22-year-old striker hit a brace in his team's 4-1 win at home to Mainz on Matchday 15, a result that lifted Ralf Rangnick's side up to fourth in the standings, just two points behind upcoming opponents Bayern Munich.

Werner's goals took him to 10 in the Bundesliga this season, a respectable tally made all the more remarkable by the fact they have all been scored in pairs. That's right, it was the Germany international's fifth double of the campaign, following braces against Hannover, Nuremberg, Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

"We fought hard and scored four lovely goals," Werner told bundesliga.com after the final whistle. "It's crazy to think all my goals have come in twos, but we deserved to win."

It was perhaps unsurprising that Werner should find the target given his record against Mainz. Leipzig have played Gladbach five times now, with Werner notching six of his team's 12 goals against them – and providing two assists - en route to registering three wins and two draws.

His strikes on Matchday 15 were the just reward for an outstanding performance all round. Werner found the net with two of his three shots on goal and he put in the second-highest number of sprints of anyone in a Leipzig shirt (27).

But for the striker, the collective is all that counts: "Everything’s good now. Anything is possible. If we play like that anything is possible this season. We're feeling good."