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RECAP - Leipzig Dominate Mainz with 3-1 Win


RB Leipzig begin their 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign with a convincing win over Mainz 05 on Sunday morning, 3-1. First half goals from Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen put the game out of reach early, despite a bit of a fight from Mainz in the second half. Still, it was a dominant performance to continue the East German club's league success.

Mainz and Leipzig have had a one-sided battle over the last year with Leipzig scoring a surprising 13 goals in both fixtures last year. A new season has brought the same result as the winners dominated possession and shots throughout the contest. 

The first goal came in the 17th minute when midfielder Dani Olmo was brought down in the box, sending Forsberg to the line. The Swedish attacking player converted the effort and sent his club on an offensive outburst that lasted the remainder of the half. A cross just minutes later found the head of Poulsen who lightly headed a ball over the Mainz keeper to double the lead.

Early in the second half Mainz showed signs of life. Jean-Philippe Mateta pounced on an errant pass and beat goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi one-on-one. It seemed as if Mainz had unlocked Leipzig but minutes later Amadou Haidara returned the two-goal lead by finishing a rebound in front of goal. From there Julian Nagelsmann's men held firm with solid chances but no further goals.

Leipzig matches both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund with solid opening fixtures. Next up will be a road trip and a far more difficult opponent in Bayer Leverkusen next Saturday.


STARTING XI:

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Haidara (90' Mukiele), Adams, Kampl (77' Henrichs), Angelino, Olmo (69' Hwang), Forsberg (77' Nkunku), Poulsen

Mainz 05: Zentner; Baku, St. Juste, Niakhate, Brosinski, Barriero, Latza (86' Tauer), Burkardt (68' Oztunali), Quaison (68' Boetius), Onisiwo (87' Abass), Mateta

SCORING SUMMARY:
17' (RB Leipzig) Emil Forsberg (1) - PK
21' (RB Leipzig) Yussuf Poulsen (1)
48' (Mainz 05) Jean-Philippe Mateta (1)
51' (RB Leipzig) Amadou Haidara (1)

Discipline:
30' (Mainz 05) Jean-Philippe Mateta - YELLOW CARD
58' (Mainz 05) Danny Latza - YELLOW CARD
64' (RB Leipzig) Yussuf Poulsen - YELLOW CARD

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