Timo Werner scored a hat-trick as RB Leipzig demolished hostsÂ MainzÂ 05 5-0 on Sunday to reclaim third place in the Bundesliga with an emphatic victory after three straight draws.
Germany international Werner, a target for several top European clubs this summer including Liverpool, opened his account in the 11th minute and Yussuf Poulsen nodded in the second goal in the 23rd.
Werner scored again three minutes after the restart and the 24-year-old forward chipped the ball over keeper Florian Mueller in the 75th for his 24th goal of the season and 91st in all competitions for Leipzig to become their all-time top scorer.
Leipzig, who crushedÂ MainzÂ 8-0 earlier in the season with Werner grabbing a hat-trick on that occasion as well, moved back into third on 54 points, one place ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and two clear of Borussia Moenchengladbach, and have the upper hand in the battle for a Champions League spot.
Leipzig also set a new club record with 68 goals scored this season, more than in any other entire campaign since their promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016.
MainzÂ piled bodies into their defence but were unable to match Leipzig’s speed down the wings and they failed to launch any sustained attacks of their own until late in the game.
Bayern Munich lead the standings with 61 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund whom they face on Tuesday.
The Bundesliga became the first major sports league to resume last week, with no fans in attendance, after being suspended for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s it! The ref puts Mainz out of their misery. Sensational performance from RBL, we will have a report shortly. Get yourself over to our other live blog.Â
Awoniyi, impressive as an impact sub, gets to the byline and crosses it, Orban very nearly stabs that past his own keeper but, well, doesn’t.Â
Leipzig are into the hat for the last 8 of the Champions League (assuming that returns). One to avoid if they are in this form. Atalanta, Atletico and PSG are the others already in the quarters.
Ah shame, it would have been one of the great consolation goals. A cross comes in and Mateta produces a lovely, creative, imaginative back flick to send it just a foot wide of the post. Unlucky son.
That’s it! Felt like it was only a matter of time. Poulsen has a freekick. He scoops the ball over the Mainz defence, who look incompetent and demoralised, caught flat footed as the allow Werner to race onto it. He tucks the ball away, it’s just all too easy for the visitors and that is five.Â Mainz 0 RB Leipzig 5 (Werner 75)
That’s the last action for Nkunku, he’s coming off as is Kampl, and they are replaced by Wolf and Lookman.
So close! So close to five, so close to a hat-trick for Werner, Nkunku crosses and the striker looks to apply the finish but maybe it takes a bobble? The ball dribbles agonisingly wide of the upright.
Lepizig have it in the net once again. It’s Kevin Kampl (not to be confused with Kevin Campbell but it is a homophone as far as I can tell) has walloped it into the net, but Poulsen was (well) offside.
Poulsen, the Dane, running riot but loses his balance at the key moment. He is a worker this guy.
Leipzig not resting on their laurels, Nkunku has gone close again and unless RB take their foot off the gas/get tired, then that 8-0 is up for grabs.
If RB are only in fifth then the teams above them must be serious outfits on this evidence. They are a young side, however, and have been inconsistent.Â
Oh a lovely move! RB break with Werner and Polusen but the former overhits the crucial through ball. But they soon get it back. Kampl has the ball 30 yards out, he keeps it, goes on a long dribble, plays the one two with Nkunku (LOVELY little bit of skill from Nkunku) and then selflessly tees up the unmarked Werner. Easy pickings for him to wallop that into the net. That’s his second, the team’s fourth, and it’s like taking candy off a kinder for the visitors right now. Mainz 0 RB Leipzig 4 (Werner 48)
Decent start to the second half for the hosts asÂ Onisiwo wins a corner. Cleared easily enough by RBL.
And on Tuesday evening, it is the pivotal match of the season: Dortmund welcome Munich, four points separate them. It’s a 1730 kick off and well worth a watch I am sure.
Well about the best you can say if you’re Mainz is that there are only 45 minutes left and at the current rate of progress they are only going to lose 0-6, which will be an improvement on the 8-0 humping they took in the reverse fixture.
Leipzig look excellent: fluid, dangerous, largely effective in front of goal. They press and overload. Classy, exciting team.
And that should have been four. Kampl opens up poor old Mainz like a tin of beans, that’s all too easy once again. Slipped through andÂ Nkunku has plenty of time to pick a spot. He puts it wide! To compound the offence, he had teammates, including Werner, free. Werner seems to be making that exact point.
Mainz have their best moment. Boetius with a super cross from the right, andÂ Quaison is inches away from applying the finish.
Dear me, RBL are very impressive indeed. They are swarming forward like a, what’s the expression, like a pack of bees. It’s four on three, the desperate Mainz defenders manage to keep out the first effort as Nkunku spins and shoots, but now RBL’s Poulsen shows good composure to tee up Sabitzer. He picks his sport from about 15 yards, it is Mainz 0 RB Leipzig 3
Could and should have been three. YET AGAIN that left back area is gaping and flapping open, RBL charge down the flank and cross comes in from Werner. Poulsen into the area, he hits it first time, admittedly under close attention, but has borked it wide. Should have scored. Can’t think it will affect the result in the slightest but he is annoyed.
is a real stalwart for RB Leipzig, he has been them since their time in the third division.
Poulsen makes it two – and it was all too easy. This time it is Sabitzer who gets down the right, he stands the ball up and there is Poulsen with a free header. It beats the keeper. Easy. This is a bit of a doing in prospect I reckon.
Not unreasonably, Mainz are trying to spoil the game with some fouls. But it is the visitors who are well on top.
Leipzig are superior in all departments at the moment. A very modern sort of side: high defensive line, the press, the fluid front four, vertical and direct. You could see why Klopp would fancy Werner. Might be a plug and play move.
Owen Hargreaves: « it’s a huge disadvantage for the smaller teams (not having their crowds) so we are seeing the bigger teams with the better place do well. »
Laimer gets down the right and gets past the full back too easily for my liking. He scuffs his shot across and there is the unmarked Werner, this is poor play from Mainz at the back. Werner doesn’t get all of it but he gets enough of the ball to turn it into the corner and that is a soft goal for Mainz to give up.
RB have a corner. Nukunku with the delivery but the ref has seen some shoving and orders a retake.Â SabitzerÂ with the long ranger that is easily blocked.
RBL are playing a high line,Â BoÃ«tius, who looks full of running up front for Mainz, puts the keeper Gulacsi under a little pressure in pursuit of the long ball.
Mainz have their first say with a long ball that nearly catches RBL a bit cold.
It’s Ian Darke and Owen Hargreaves on comms, and it’s Red Bull who are enjoying the early possession.
Warm afternoon there by the looks of it. I count two man buns so far among the Red Bull side.
These teams have met seven times and there have never been fewer than three goals in any match so hopefully we’ll see some action.
picked a team yet? I’ve got a short list of Frankfurt, Werder Bremen and Union Berlin but have yet to pin my colours toÂ a mast. Any advice welcome.
an excellent win on the road for Augsburg. Schalke, managed by David Wagner, have been utterly wretched since the restart.Â
That splendid fellow Mr Rob Bagchi is on the ones-and-twos for our live blog of Schalke vs Augsburg, and I see that the hosts have gone 0-2 down. Old Schubert in goal again playing all theÂ wrong notes.
Mainz: Muller; Bruma, St. Juste, Niakhate; Baku, Kunde, Fernandes, Martin; Boetius, Quaison; Onisiwo. Subs: Dahmen, Latza, Oztunali, Mateta, Ji, Brosinski, Awoniyi, Barreiro, Hack.
Leipzig:Â Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer; Sabitzer, Kampl, Nkunku, Olmo; Werner, Poulsen. Subs: Mvogo, Angelino, Orban, Haidara, Adams, Lookman, Wolf, Schick, Mukiele.
Good afternoon, and welcome to our live blog of Mainz vs Leipzig. It is 15th in the table plays 5th. When the teams met in November at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig won 8-0, with Timo Werner bagging a frankly preposterous dual-purpose hat-trick of three goals and three assists. Not a bad afternoon’s work.
For Mainz, that was obviously a season-low, but things were picking up a bit for them before the break. They had a couple of wins and a couple of draws in February and March and then managed a 2-2 draw on the road in their first game back since the resumption. That was last week’s outing when they travelled to Cologne. They welcome RBL to the Opel Arena this afternoon and clearly revenge is foremost in their minds.
After an 8-0 thrashing earlier this season, @Mainz05en have one thing on their minds for today ð#M05RBL pic.twitter.com/dcTWEWnDVz
Leipzig themselves recommenced the campaign with a draw against fellow European place hopefuls Freiburg. They are, of course, under the charge of the man they call the Mini Mourinho, Julian Nagelsmann, whose RBL side gave the OriginalÂ Mouirnho a sorting out earlier this campaign. Julian is seen by many observers as the coming force in German coaching, as Raphael Honigstein told us last weekend. Seems all-but certain we will see him in one of the top jobs in European football at some point over the next five years or so. In the meantime, it’s all about trying to get the much-hated arrivistes Leipzig into the Champions League places.Â
The team news will be with us shortly. The kick off for this one is at 1430 UK time. Hope you can join us for some Bundesliga action. I for one am absolutely delighted to have some live football to live blog!
It will be exciting to see the aforementioned Herr Timo in action, and another young man with a massive future is Leipzig’sÂ Christopher Nkunku. He looks to be destined to be a major force in European football over the next decade: he’s a complete midfielder who gets up and down the park, great engine, likes to play a direct attacking game and he is very much on the radar of some of the biggest teams across the continent. Looking forward to him, Mainz look to have their work cut out but in these strange times who knows which team will turn up near or at least vaguely near to their best…
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