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Recap: Leipzig with Statement Win to Start German Campaign

RB Leipzig start their season with an impressive 4-0 win over SV Sandhausen in the DFB Pokal away from home. Goals from a mix of defenders and attackers dotted the scoresheet as Jesse Marsch's first meaningful game with the club was both decisive and impressive.

"They delivered a really good performance," said manger Jesse Marsch after the game. "We kept a clean sheet and, after taking the lead, we continued to apply pressure and showed a good mentality."

The scoring started in the 20th minutes through a tricky set piece. Two decoys from Christopher Nkunku and Angelino led to a cross into the box that found the head of Willi Orban. After having an effort denied minutes earlier, the former RB Leipzig captain buried the opportunity and gave his team the lead. Before half time the lead was doubled when Nkunku found Amadou Haidara making a run to score the brace.

The second half saw full domination from Leipzig as Sandhausen was on the back-foot from the starting whistle. They continued to look dangerous and Nkunku made a darting run into the box with a pass from Andre Silva to score the third goal of the game. Highly touted attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai scored the game's final goal, running past the defense and the goalkeeper for his first as a Leipzig player.

"We didn't really know how far we had come as a team before today's game," said Orban. "The entire team has a great mentality. Everyone is helping out, everyone is motivated. We showed today what we can achieve, but I think we still have a bit of work to do."

Leipzig start their Bundesliga campaign next week against Mainz in a true test of their progress under Jesse Marsch. The team is expected to challenge Bayern Munich this season and is poised to show just how talented they are in one of the top leagues in the world.

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Orban, Simakan, Angelino, Adams (68' Laimer), Kampl (78' Raebiger), Nkunku, Haidara (78' Szoboszllai), Forsberg (61' Hwang), Silva (68' Brobbey)

SV Sandhausen: Drewes; Renneke, Diakhite, Hohn, Zhirov, Okoroji, Guadino (45' Keita-Ruel), Zenga, Sickinger (45' Bachmann), Sicker (64' Ritzmier), Soukou (76' Esswein)

Scoring Summary:
20' (RB Leipzig) Willi Orban assisted by Angelino
45' (RB Leipzig) Amadou Haidara assisted by Christopher Nkunku
60' (RB Leipzig) Christopher Nkunku assisted by Andre Silva
81' (RB Leipzig) Dominik Szoboszlai unassisted

35' (SV Sandhousen) Carlo Sickinger - YELLOW CARD


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