Die Roten Bullen picked up their first win of 2019 on Sunday evening, romping to a 4-0 victory away at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Three goals inside 20 minutes put the game to bed early on, as RBL reclaimed a place inside the Bundesliga’s top four.
Fortuna simply couldn’t deal with Leipzig’s rapid start, although some sloppy goalkeeping certainly didn’t help the home side. After some lengthy pinball following a corner kick, Yussuf Poulsen was finally able to drill the ball past a host of flailing body parts, opening the scoring after only 90 seconds. The lead was doubled seven minutes later from the unlikeliest of sources. Ibrahima Konaté was given the time and space to venture forward, and he duly took advantage. A quick one-two and then a clever turn opened up the defence, before the centre-back held off his man to apply a cool finish in-off the far post for his first Bundesliga goal. The spotlight was then back on Poulsen, as he fired past Michael Rensing to complete his brace and make it 3-0 inside a mere 17 minutes. The game was more or less over then and the tempo of the football that followed reflected that. Péter Gulácsi was never seriously tested, while Rensing’s parry back out into danger from Marcel Sabitzer’s shot allowed Konrad Laimer to score the only goal of the second half, which didn’t feature a great deal of goalmouth action.
- The game in Düsseldorf saw Timo Werner feature for the 100th time for RBL in all competitions.
- American Tyler Adams was handed his competitive debut for Die Roten Bullen.
- Emil Forsberg made his long-awaited return from injury, coming on as a second-half substitute.
- Kevin Kampl was unavailable with an ankle problem.
- "We worked brilliantly without the ball - we defended very aggressively as a team. The big lead early on obviously gave us confidence too.
We didn't give them much to work with. We kept hold of the ball well and having a comfortable lead really played into our heads.We're very happy with today's performance.
It was important to get the three points here today and we want to kick on from this on Friday against Hannover."