Willi Orban and Jean-Kevin Augustin were on target as RB Leipzig got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.

Leipzig 2-0 Stuttgart

Goals: 1-0 Orban (45+1’), 2-0 Augustin (80’)

Stuttgart threatened first, with Erik Thommy racing forward and unleashing a shot which was deflected wide. Leipzig settled into their groove soon after, though, and Werner was inches away from making it 1-0 at the other end after latching onto Nordi Mukiele’s fine low cross, only to see his shot fly past the near post. Mukiele was finding plenty of space up the right-hand side and did well to find Kevin Kampl when at full-pelt midway through the half. The midfielder hit a fine volley towards Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, but it hit a defender and went out for a corner. Leipzig finally – and deservedly – broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, though. Kampl fired another testing attempt towards Zieler’s goal, this time it reached the goalkeeper, who parried, and Orban was left with a tap-in on the follow-up.

Tayfun Korkut rung the changes early in the second half, with Holger Badstuber and Nicolas Gonzalez entering the fray, but the traffic continued to flow in Leipzig’s favour. Werner thought he had doubled the hosts’ tally minutes later, flying up the left wing before cutting inside and firing an unstoppable low shot into the far corner, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Leipzig came close again late on when substitute Augustin found space in the box, but his effort bounced off the woodwork and into Zieler’s hands. The Frenchman’s frustration was short-lived, though, as he rounded off the scoring with a fine sidestep and finish.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner (c.) was unlucky not to find the net against his former club. © imago / Picture Point LE

Match stats

  • Orban’s opener was his seventh goal in a little over two top-flight seasons with Leipzig.
  • After joining Stuttgart aged six, Werner wrote his name into Cannstadt folklore as the club's youngest ever debutant and goalscorer, as well as the Bundesliga's youngest player to score a brace and reach 50 appearances – all before the age of 19.
  • Werner scored 14 goals in 103 matches for Stuttgart, before joining Leipzig in summer 2016.
  • Stuttgart won their final four matches of the 2017/18 campaign, but are winless in six matches in all competitions so far this season.
  • There are only two Bundesliga clubs Stuttgart have never scored against: RB and VfB Leipzig.

Line-ups

Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele (Laimer 77’), Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Kampl, Demme, Forsberg (Ilsanker 89’) – Werner (Augustin 74’), Poulsen
Unused subs: Müller, Konate, Bruma, Cunha
Absentees: Klostermann (knee)
Coach: Ralf Rangnick

Stuttgart: Zieler – Maffeo (Badstuber 54’), Pavard, Baumgartl, Sosa – Gentner (c), Ascacibar, Aogo, Thommy (Donis 78’) – Akolo (Gonzalez 54’), Gomez
Unused subs: Grahl, Insua, Castro, Sarpei
Absentees: Kempf (thigh), Meyer (cruciate ligament)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut

As it happened

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