Bundesliga newcomers RB Leipzig maintained their impressive start to the campaign with a comprehensive 4-0 victory Hamburger SV.
Brimming with confidence following last weekend’s victory over Borussia Dortmund, the visitors started on the front foot and very nearly took the lead when Yussuf Poulsen crossed for Emil Forsberg, but the Swede’s effort was blocked by the retreating Gotoku Sakai. HSV keeper Rene Adler was then forced to claw away Bernardo’s looping goal-bound header, before Peter Gulacsi thwarted Aaron Hunt with a point-blank save at the other end.
Hunt’s effort aside, Gulacsi had precious little to do before the half-time whistle. The Hungarian was a virtual spectator after the restart, too, as Leipzig continued to pose the greater attacking threat. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s charges were eventually rewarded for their dominance when Forsberg scored from the penalty spot after Adler’s foul on substitute Timo Werner, before the former VfB Stuttgart man made it 2-0 from close range. Further goals from Werner and Davie Selke added gloss to the scoreline late on, giving Bruno Labbadia plenty to ponder ahead of Tuesday’s trip to SC Freiburg.
Despite promising displays against FC Ingolstadt 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hamburg go into the first englische Woche of the season still searching for their first win of the campaign. Labbadia’s side rarely threatened against Leipzig, with Bobby Wood looking isolated up front. Such a laboured display will not have struck fear into Freiburg hearts ahead of Matchday 4.
- The 4-0 victory was Leipzig’s biggest away success in their history.Forsberg converted Leipzig’s first ever top-flight penalty at the Volksparkstadtion.Werner has now scored as many goals off the bench this season (two) as he managed last term.
Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Spahic, Djourou (c), Santos - Jung, Holtby - Müller, Hunt (Halilovic 70'), Kostic (Waldschmidt 83') - Wood (Gregoritsch 83')
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Bernardo, Orban (c), Compper, Halstenberg - Ilsanker - Demme - Sabitzer (Kaiser 62'), Keita (Werner 46') - Poulsen (Selke 80'), Forsberg
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl