Leipzig held at home against Mainz

RBL led twice through Kampl and Werner, but set-pieces brought the visitors level | 32,817 fans watch on at the Red Bull Arena | Die Roten Bullen remain second in the table

Despite coming agonisingly close to all three points, Die Roten Bullen had to settle for a draw on matchday 15 in the Bundesliga. RB Leipzig were held 2-2 by 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday afternoon, despite twice taking the lead. 

32,817 spectators were in attendance at a chilly Red Bull Arena and saw the away side the initiative in the early stages, but RBL steadily began to find their feet and got themselves a goal too courtesy of some brilliant football. A clever back-heel return pass from Yussuf Poulsen allowed Diego Demme to deliver a low cross to the edge of the box, where Kevin Kampl met it first time and curled the ball into the top corner in style.

The lead lasted only ten minutes though. The video assistant referee awarded a free kick to Mainz on the edge of the box, and despite Péter Gulácsi producing a splendid save, Robin Quaison followed up the rebound to slot the ball into the gaping net. Leipzig were determined not to go into the break without the lead, however, and were rewarded for their efforts when Demme was felled in the box. Timo Werner stepped up to convert the penalty and restore RBL's lead on the stroke of half time.

Chances were much more of a rarity in the second 45, with Mainz looking to pounce on the counter and Die Roten Bullen wary not to overcommit and be caught out. The next goal came in the only way it could as a result, as Mainz's Emil Berggreen headed home from a corner kick in the 86th minute, leaving Ralph Hasenhüttl's side no time to fight back.

Dominik Kaiser made his first Bundesliga start of the campaign
Timo Werner got his eighth goal of the season from the penalty spot

Team news

  • Ralph Hasenhüttl made four changes to the side that played midweek, with Bernardo, Konrad Laimer, Dominik Kaiser and Yussuf Poulsen coming in for Marcel Halstenberg, Naby Keïta, Jean-Kévin Augustin and Bruma.
  • Kevin Kampl scored his first goal for RB Leipzig.
  • Diego Demme set up the opener and won the penalty, claiming his first two assists of the campaign.
  • Timo Werner made it eight goals for the season from twelve yards.


Bundesliga, MD15
RB Leipzig


Sat, 9th Dec

1. FSV Mainz 05
15:30 CET
Red Bull Arena , Leipzig

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