Timo Werner scored twice and missed a penalty as RB Leipzig romped to a 6-0 victory over ten-man Nuremberg to extend their unbeaten Bundesliga run to six matches.
Leipzig 6-0 Nuremberg
Goals: 1-0 Kampl (3’), 2-0 Poulsen (7’), 3-0 Sabitzer (21’),4-0 Werner (32’), 5-0 Sabitzer (55’), 6-0 Werner (59’)
Red card: Leibold (62’)
Aiming to move level on points with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin in the standings, Ralf Rangnick’s side roared into a fully deserved two-goal lead inside the opening seven minutes. Kevin Kampl - making his 100th Bundesliga appearance - curled Leipzig in front, before Yussuf Poulsen doubled the hosts’ lead with his fourth league goal of the campaign. Marcel Sabitzer squeezed home Leipzig’s third from a tight angle, with Werner adding a fourth after Emil Forsberg’s effort had been blocked by Lukas Mühl.
There was no let-up for last season’s Bundesliga 2 runners-up after the break as Leipzig continued to bear down on the visitors’ goal. Sabitzer’s long-range drive made it 5-0 ten minutes into the second half, before Werner made it six with a close-range finish. The Germany international was then brought down inside the penalty area by Tim Leibold - who was shown a straight red card for his troubles - but the 22-year-old missed the chance to complete his hat-trick, firing his spot-kick straight at goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow. Willi Orban struck the post with a header midway through the second half, but it mattered not as Rangnick’s charges leapt into second place on goal difference.
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Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele , Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Demme, Kampl (Ilsanker 46’) - Sabitzer, Forsberg (Matheus Cunha 76’) - Werner, Poulsen (Augustin 64’)
Unused ubstitutes: Mvogo, Klostermann, Laimer, Saracchi
Coach: Ralf Rangnick
Nuremberg: Bredlow – Valentini (Bauer 82’), Margreitter, Mühl, Leibold – Petrak – Misidjan (Palacios 46’), Löwen, Behrens (c), Kubo (Knall 60’) – Ishak
Unused substitutes: Mathenia, Erras, Fuchs, Matheus Pereira
Absentees: Ewerton, Lippert (both ankle), Kerk (fitness)
Coach: Michael Köllner
- Werner’s first goal was his 50th in the Bundesliga. Kampl made his 100th Bundesliga appearance against Nuremberg. The Slovenian has played 14 top-flight games for Borussia Dortmund, 53 for Bayer Leverkusen and 33 for Leipzig. Sabitzer and Kampl both scored their first Bundesliga goals of the 2018/19 campaign. The 6-0 win was Leipzig’s biggest ever victory in the top flight. This was the first time Leipzig scored four first-half goals in a Bundesliga game.