RB Leipzig kept a firm grip on second place with a dominant performance at the Red Bull Arena to ensure a 13th away defeat for relegation-threatened Darmstadt, who had Sandro Sirigu sent off.

RB Leipzig 4-0 Darmstadt

Goals: 1-0 (Keita 12'), 2-0 (Forsberg 67'), 3-0 (Orban 79'), 4-0 Keita (80')

Red card: Sirigu 72'

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Leipzig dominated the opening stages and it barely came as a surprise when they took the lead, Naby Keita meeting a deflected shot from Emil Forsberg on the half-volley to finish from an angle inside the area. Darmstadt, in dire need of a first away win of the season, traded blows with their hosts with Sidney Sam and Fabian Holland going close before half-time.

Shaken by Darmstadt’s spirit, Leipzig turned the screw after the break with Oliver Burke twice seeing efforts denied by Daniel Heuer Fernandes. Forsberg doubled the lead when his long-range effort took a deflection off Patrick Banggaard, and shortly after Darmstadt’s Sirigu was sent off for a second bookable offence. Willi Orban headed home a Forsberg corner, and Keita’s second of the day confirmed Leipzig’s superiority.

Man of the match

Emil Forsberg’s pace tormented Darmstadt all afternoon, and he had a hand in all Leipzig’s other goals either side of his own effort.

Talking point

This victory brought a worrying run of three games without a win to an end for Leipzig, who will visit Mainz on Wednesday with a cushion of four points over third-placed Hoffenheim.

Match stats

  • Goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti, who made his Bundesliga debut for Leipzig, scored an injury-time winner against Darmstadt in a Bundesliga 2 meeting between the two sides on 28 April 2015, and at 36 is Leipzig's oldest Bundesliga player.
  • The Lilies have lost all 13 away matches this campaign.
  • Keita scored for the first time since 25 November.

Line-ups

RB Leipzig: Coltorti - Bernardo, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg - Keita, Ilsanker, Demme, Sabitzer (Kaiser 78')- Forsberg (Khedira 81'), Burke (Poulsen 68')

Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Darmstadt: Fernandes - Fedetskiy (Kamuvuaka 21'), Sulu (c), Banggaard, Holland (Steinhöffer 75')- Altintop, Vrancic, Heller (Guwara 66'), Sam, Sirigu - Schipplock

Coach: Torsten Frings

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