Hat-trick hero Werner sends RB Leipzig three points behind Borussia Dortmund as they trumped Mainz 5-0 in their own backyard.
Timo Werner tapped home Leipzig’s opener after Konrad Laimer outwitted his opponent and played a delightful pullback to the German international.
Two goals in quick succession put RB in control. Yussuf Poulsen rose highest in the area powering home his second goal in two games. Marcel Subitzer followed suit soon after as he sliced his shot into the top corner.
Werner finished off his hat-trick in the second half as he tapped home Kevin Kampl’s great individual play before he latched onto a quickly taken free kick which secured Leipzig the points and Werner’s 24th league goal of the season.
Leipzig a team who have only lost three times this season looked like a team pushing for a top four finish by the end of the season with chance after chance being created as they flooded the Mainz box with players.
Ten minutes into the half breakthrough was made as Laimer provided the width, went on to beat his man and pulled the ball back to Werner.
Leipzig kept the pressure on as they looked to make up for the draw against Freiburg the other week.
Beierlorzer men went to sleep and are punished as they leave Leipzig’s captain Poulsen free inside the area as he powered his header past Nicolai Muller. That was Poulsen’s 250th appearance for the club.
The Bulls looked to add more goals but failed to convert with Poulsen missing from eight yards as he blazed his shot over the bar and Werner who forced an outstretched save by Muller.
Sabitzer found the top corner which followed a Poulsen pullback after some last ditched Mainz defending giving Leipzig complete control of the half and the game.
Mainz who have drawn there last two games needed a big second half. However, moments into the second Werner tapped home his second after some unselfish play by Kampl.
Liverpool target Werner latched onto a quickly taken freekick beating his marker for pace and lifted the ball home for his hattrick, the second time against Mainz this season. They just have no answer for anything that Leipzig came up with.
The young German side dominated possession for the entirety of the game as they flourished in all aspects as they closed the last 10 minutes of the game out.
Julian Nagelsmann men move up to third with the victory leaving them seven points behind Bayern and only trail Dortmund by three. Whilst Mainz look to bounce back to winning ways as they travel to Bundesliga debutants Union Berlin.