Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg combined to devastating effect to steer RB Leipzig past 1. FSV Mainz 05 and alongside FC Bayern München at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
RB Leipzig 3-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Leipzig got off to an explosive start at their Red Bull Arena, with Werner tapping home his fourth goal of the campaign after Forsberg’s shot had ricocheted into his path. The pair exchanged roles soon after, with Werner showing tremendous pace to burst clear down the right before squaring for Forsberg, who finished well from close range. The duo combined yet again for the third, with Werner completing his brace with a first-time shot on his left foot to see Leipzig take a 3-0 lead into the interval.
Werner nearly completed his first career hat-trick on the hour after getting on the end of another Forsberg cutback, but this time Jonas Lössl stood tall to save. Werner was subbed off for Scottish winger Oliver Burke soon after but the hosts continued to pour forward, with Forsberg flashing another shot over with the Mainz defence exposed. Mainz pulled one back when Stefan Bell headed home from close range, but it proved to be little more than a consolation.
With 24 points from 10 games, Leipzig are the best Bundesliga new boys for 19 years, and now level with leaders Bayern on 24 points. The Meisterschale has resided in Munich for each of the past four seasons. Leipzig are dismissing all-comers while Bayern try to forge a new identity under coach Carlo Ancelotti. Might the title head east for the first time since the Bundesliga’s founding in 1963?
- Werner’s opener, scored in the third minute, is Leipzig’s fastest Bundesliga goal to date.Leipzig are only the second promoted side to avoid defeat in their opening 10 matches. MSV Duisburg managed the same back in the 1997/98 campaign.Leipzig had 15 shots on goal to Mainz’s 11.
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Ilsanker, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg - Demme, Keita - Sabitzer, Forsberg (Kaiser 86') - Poulsen (Selke 79’), Werner (Burke 69’)
Coach: Ralph Hassenhüttl
Mainz: Lössl - Donati, Balogun, Hack, Bussmann - Brosinski (c), Gbamin (Ramalho 67’) - Jairo (Bell 46’), Serdar (Malli 32’), Onisiwo - Cordoba
Coach: Martin Schmidt