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Bundesliga: Timo Werner scores three as Leipzig thrash Mainz

Werner (r) scored three goals and made three assists when Leipzig beat Mainz 8-0 in November, and he took only 11 minutes to find the target this time

Timo Werner scored his first goals since the Bundesliga returned from a two-month break amid the coronavirus pandemic as RB Leipzig thumped Mainz.

The 24-year-old Germany striker took his tally for the season to 30 with a superb hat-trick as his side won 5-0 to move third in the table.

Elsewhere on Sunday, pressure is mounting on Schalke boss David Wagner after his side lost 3-0 to Augsburg.

Schalke are now winless in nine games, and have scored only twice in that run.

Struggling Dusseldorf travel to Koln in the day's late game (17:00 BST).

Werner punishes Mainz again

Werner scored three goals and made three assists when Leipzig beat Mainz 8-0 in November to record their biggest ever Bundesliga win, and they again found him in devastating form.

He had come into the game, played behind closed doors, in the middle of something of a drought by his standards, after a run of only one goal in his previous eight league games.

But it took Werner only 11 minutes to find the target, breaking the deadlock with a cool near-post finish from Konrad Laimer's low cross.

Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer added further goals against a hapless Mainz side before Werner made it 4-0 from close range, and he completed his hat-trick with an expertly-taken lob late on.

Schalke's struggles continue

While Leipzig's win means they are back in the Champions League places, Schalke's slide down the table continued after an error-strewn display.

When they resumed their season after the winter break with a 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on 17 January, the Royal Blues were fourth, four points off the top of the table.

Since then, they have drawn four and lost five of their past nine Bundesliga matches and are down in eighth, 24 points behind Bayern Munich at the summit and 16 points behind Bayer Leverkusen in fourth.

Line-ups

Mainz

  • 1Müller
  • 4St. JusteBooked at 79mins
  • 13BrumaBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMatetaat 45'minutes
  • 19Niakhaté
  • 34Baku
  • 20FernandesSubstituted forLatzaat 74'minutes
  • 14KundeBooked at 20minsSubstituted forBarreiro Martinsat 61'minutes
  • 3Martín
  • 5BoëtiusSubstituted forAwoniyiat 61'minutes
  • 21OnisiwoSubstituted forÖztunaliat 74'minutes
  • 7Quaison

Substitutes

  • 6Latza
  • 8Öztunali
  • 9Mateta
  • 11Ji
  • 18Brosinski
  • 22Awoniyi
  • 35Barreiro Martins
  • 37Dahmen
  • 42Hack

RB Leipzig

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 27LaimerSubstituted forMukieleat 42'minutes
  • 16Klostermann
  • 5UpamecanoBooked at 17minsSubstituted forOrbanat 60'minutes
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 25Olmo
  • 7SabitzerBooked at 13minsSubstituted forAdamsat 60'minutes
  • 44KamplSubstituted forWolfat 70'minutes
  • 18NkunkuSubstituted forLookmanat 71'minutes
  • 9Poulsen
  • 11WernerBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 3Angelino
  • 4Orban
  • 8Haidara
  • 14Adams
  • 17Lookman
  • 19Wolf
  • 21Schick
  • 22Mukiele
  • 28Mvogo
Referee:
Markus Schmidt

Match Stats

Home TeamMainzAway TeamRB Leipzig
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home4
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, 1. FSV Mainz 05 0, RB Leipzig 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FSV Mainz 05 0, RB Leipzig 5.

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.

Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leandro Barreiro Martins (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Willi Orban.

Foul by Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig).

Leandro Barreiro Martins (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Jean-Philippe Mateta tries a through ball, but Aarón Martín is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jean-Philippe Mateta (1. FSV Mainz 05) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aarón Martín with a cross following a corner.

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Willi Orban.

Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Latza (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Booking

Jeremiah St. Juste (1. FSV Mainz 05) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeremiah St. Juste (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Attempt missed. Jean-Philippe Mateta (1. FSV Mainz 05) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aarón Martín with a cross.

Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Barreiro Martins (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Goal!

Goal! 1. FSV Mainz 05 0, RB Leipzig 5. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yussuf Poulsen with a through ball following a set piece situation.

Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Barreiro Martins (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Danny Latza replaces Edimilson Fernandes.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Levin Öztunali replaces Karim Onisiwo.

Attempt missed. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hannes Wolf.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeremiah St. Juste (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Foul by Nordi Mukiele (RB Leipzig).

Karim Onisiwo (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Ademola Lookman replaces Christopher Nkunku.

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Hannes Wolf replaces Kevin Kampl.

Attempt missed. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christopher Nkunku.

Attempt missed. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Olmo.

Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robin Quaison (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Willi Orban.

Attempt missed. Leandro Barreiro Martins (1. FSV Mainz 05) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Taiwo Awoniyi with a cross.

Foul by Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig).

Taiwo Awoniyi (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, RB Leipzig. Kevin Kampl tries a through ball, but Yussuf Poulsen is caught offside.

goal

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