Thanks to Timo Werner, Herbstmeister RB Leipzig started the second half of the Bundesliga with a win and expanded his championship lead.
Under the eyes of national coach Joachim Löw, RB won against newcomer 1. FC Union Berlin by two goals of the international 3: 1 (0: 1). Union missed the third point win against a leader after victories against Dortmund and Mönchengladbach. Leipzig is now five points ahead of Mönchengladbach and seven points ahead of FC Bayern before their game at Hertha BSC on Sunday.
«We didn’t start well. The first half was nothing, »complained match winner Werner. But: “Even today we showed morale in the second half,” said the striker at Sky. “I don’t want to call a championship fight, but when we’re up there, we want to stay up there as long as possible,” said Werner.
Marius Bülter (10th) put the Union block in the Red Bull Arena, which was sold out with 42,146 spectators, with his goal in the initial phase in ecstasy and thus interrupted the boycott of the mood. Actually, the Berlin supporters wanted to remain silent for the entire quarter of an hour in protest against the “RB Leipzig construct”, as they did in the first encounter.
«After half-time, Leipzig did well. They were too strong for us, »said Bülter. «We also played a good game today. It is also a bitter defeat to some extent. We have to reward ourselves again, »said Bülter. “I saw a great game from my boys,” said Union coach Urs Fischer.
After the RB equalization by Timo Werner (51.) it was quiet for the guest fans, shortly afterwards Marcel Sabitzer (57.) increased. Werner finally scored with his 20th goal of the season (83.) and thus overtook Bayern goalkeeper Robert Lewandowski (19).
In the first competitive game after exactly four weeks, Sabitzer led Leipzig on the pitch for the first time. The Austrian international moved from Diego Demme to Naples to replace the injured captain Willi Orban. At Union, the regular captain Christopher Trimmel and central defender Keven Schlotterbeck fell ill.
At first you didn’t notice that in the game. Union was compact in the back, making life difficult for RB. And Sebastian Andersson used a mistake by international player Lukas Klostermann. The Swede served Bülter, who used the post to take the lead. Five minutes later, Christian Gentner’s head was there, but there was no pressure behind the ball.
Leipzig found it extremely difficult in the torn game. Patrik Schick’s attempt (24th) was the first goal, but Union keeper Rafal Gikiewicz parried safely. Shortly before the break, Klostermann (39.) had the chance to make amends, but shot his own man from four meters. Leipzig was now better in the game, but Nordi Mukiele (45.) delayed his attempt from an acute angle.
RB came out of the break with the same commitment – and to equalize. Bülter’s defensive defense took Werner off the penalty area at full risk and scored his 19th goal of the season. Only five minutes later, the international had number 20 on his feet, but once again Gikiewicz was on hand.
Then it fit in the next corner. Bülter did not go to the ball properly, Sabitzer tip the ball with the tip of his foot over the line. For the 25-year-old, it was the seventh goal this season. Leipzig pressed the third goal, which Werner finally managed.