Leipzig and in particular Jean-Kevin Augustin took the game to Freiburg, but like in their season opener at Schalke, all their good intentions ended up down a dark alley with their guests in control of the light switch. An illuminatory moment arrived for Freiburg midway through the first half when Jannik Haberer left Marco Terrazzino's cross for Florian Niederlechner to slot in.
Leipzig had lost their last seven games in which they had fallen 1-0 behind, but they were intent on proving the past counts for little as quick-fire goals from Timo Werner and Willi Orban turned the tables, the former nodding in Emil Forsberg's corner and the latter turning Augustin's cross past Alexander Schwolow. Werner added a third from another fine Augustin pass before new signing Bruma made an immediate impact on his debut, drilling in within minutes of taking to the field to seal Leipzig's win.
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Klostermann, Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg - Keita, Demme (80' Laimer) - Sabitzer, Forsberg – Augustin (76' Bruma), Werner (83' Kaiser)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Freiburg:Schwolow - Lienhart, Schuster (c), Kempf - Stenzel , Günter - Höfler, Frantz – Niederlechner (56' Bulut), Haberer (70' Haberer), Terrazzino (70' Kath)
Coach: Christian Streich
Watch: Forsberg discusses Leipzig's "crushing" win over Freiburg
- Leipzig's best record of their first year in the top flight was against Freiburg: six points and a goal difference of 8-1. The visitors were the only team they scored eight goals against in two meetings last season.
- Timo Werner has scored more goals against Freiburg than any other team – eight in seven Bundesliga matches.
- Florian Niederlechner has scored against Leipzig in four of his five previous meetings - three for Freiburg and one for Heidenheim.
- Leipzig only once recovered from falling 1-0 behind to win last season.
- Willi Orban's goal was his first with his foot, having previously netted three times with his head.