Die Roten Bullen notched up the fourth home win on the trot on matchday 13, beating Werder Bremen 2-0 ahead of 40,172 fans inside the Red Bull Arena. The result moves Leipzig up to second in the table, one place behind leader Bayern München.
Ralph Hasenhüttl made only one change to the team that won at Monaco in the Champions League, as Diego Demme came in for the injured Marcel Sabitzer. Kevin Kampl moved out onto the wing, while Demme played in central midfield. Timo Werner started again to make his 50th Leipzig appearance. The number 11 has scored 32 goals and made 10 assists in his time with the club.
The game started evenly with equal possession and good chances for both sides. Bremen were looking to build on their first league win of the season against Bayer Leverkusen and particularly Kruse looked dangerous for the visitors. Demme had a powerful shot blocked by Pavlenka, played in by Keita, before the number 8 himself opened the scoring. Lurking outside the box, the ball landed at his feet, rebounding off Delaney. The Guinean composed himself and curled a low finish past the goalkeeper, in off the left-hand post. It was Keita's second Bundesliga goal of the season.
Bernardo replaced Marcel Halstenberg at the start of the second half, the German international coming off as an injury precaution. Bremen started the second half as they did the first, creating a couple of good chances, but without rewarding themselves. At the opposite end, Poulsen went very close to doubling the home team's lead, but it was only very late on, in the 87th, when the points were made safe. Bernardo smacked a delicious volley straight through the box and into the net - his first goal for Die Roten Bullen.