Dominant Leipzig ease past Hertha

RB Leipzig bounced back from Matchday 14’s surprise defeat at FC Ingolstadt 04 with a 2-0 victory over European hopefuls Hertha Berlin.

RB Leipzig 2-0 Hertha Berlin

Goals: 1-0 Werner (40'), 2-0 Orban (62')

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Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side showed no sign of nerves following last weekend’s setback at the Audi Sportpark, with Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg particularly lively in the opening stages. The irrepressible Guinean international was the architect of the game’s opening goal, threading a superb pass into Timo Werner to poke the ball past the onrushing Rune Jarstein for his ninth league goal of the campaign.

Keita was forced off at half-time with a knock, but Leipzig continued to dominate proceedings after the interval. They doubled their lead when captain Willi Orban headed Forsberg’s corner into the roof of the net, before another Orban effort was correctly disallowed for offside. It mattered little, however, as Leipzig comfortably saw out the victory they needed to climb - temporarily at least - above FC Bayern München at the top of the table.

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This was the fourth time this season that Werner opened the scoring in a game. No other Bundesliga player has broken the deadlock more frequently this season.Jens Hegeler made his first start for Hertha since 6 February, when the Old Lady held Borussia Dortmund to a goalless draw at the Olympiastadion.Leipzig covered over six kilometres more than Hertha at the Red Bull Arena. - © gettyimages / Boris Streubel