Bundesliga

RB Leipzig's demolition of Mainz took aggregate score to... 13-0!

After a disappointing result last weekend, Julian Nagelsmann's charges bounced back in superb style on Sunday

 
12:22pm on Monday 25th May 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
BUN May 24, 2020 W
  • Hat-trick for Timo Werner
  • 65% possession
  • Twenty shots in total
  • 5.27 xG
10.0

The return of the Bundesliga two weekends ago was full of promise for most teams, including RB Leipzig, but in their match against Freiburg, which ended 1-1, they looked a tad sluggish.

That was certainly not the case in their second fixture back, as on Sunday they were fantastic as they destroyed Mainz 5-0, with a Timo Werner hat-trick being added to by goals from Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen.

Their dominance in the game translated into dominance over the Bundesliga in this particular round of fixtures, as they had no less than four out of the top five performers in FootballCritic's best performers of the week.

As well as brilliant individual performances from the likes of Werner, Sabitzer, Poulsen, and Kevin Kampl, Nagelsmann's side exuded and arrogance and authority over proceedings which was sorely lacking in the draw against Freiburg.

Remarkably, they recorded the exact same amount of passes as Bayern did at the weekend with 669, but had a better completion rate of 89.5%. They completed more passes than every other time in the Bundesliga, and also created more Big Chances than anyone with seven.

They slightly underperformed on their xG with five goals scored to an xG of 5.27.

However, they outperformed their xA with five assists to an xA of 4.39.

Top performer:

Timo Werner
F (C), AM (L) - RB Leipzig - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
May 24, 2020
90Minutes played
3Goals
8Total shots
5Shots on target
19Final third passes
11Touches in box
32Passes completed
61Touches

All Werner's his goals typically came from inside the box, and were all different, too. The first saw him come on to a Konraid Laimer cross to divert a first-time shot into the bottom left corner.

That was 11 minutes in, and Leipzig continued to dominate from there, creating chance after chance and hitting no less than 20 shots on goal. Werner would claim his second from close range after some terrific work from Kevin Kampl.

To earn his hat-trick, he drifted through on goal before catching the goalkeeper out with a lofted right-footed finish into the corner.

He was a real problem for Mainz all afternoon, as highlighted by his 11 touches inside the penalty area which was more than any Bundesliga player in this round in this round of fixtures.

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