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Poulsen brace as RBL beat Hoffenheim 2-1

Die Roten Bullen win 2-1 in Hoffenheim, their third Bundesliga victory of the season | Yussuf Poulsen gets a brace | Hoffenheim’s injury-time reply through Andrej Kramaric comes too late

RBL recorded their second win in a week, beating TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 thanks to a brace from Yussuf Poulsen. Die Roten Bullen got their first away win of the season in an intense game that had a high tempo throughout.

In the first half, RBL were just about on top from the very start. The best chances fell to Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner, who each hit the woodwork. Leipzig were lucky on the other hand not to concede, when Ishak Belfodil headed the ball onto the crossbar in the 19th minute.

After the break, Yussuf Poulsen proved to be the match winner. The Dane got his first after Werner showed great strength to win the ball on the flank and cross in. The number 9 got his second twenty minutes later, poking in Kevin Kampl’s cross at the near post. Hoffenheim’s reply came from Andrej Kramaric’s injury-time penalty, but ultimately proved to be too little too late, as RBL held on for the win.

 

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Coach Ralf Rangnick made four changes from Wednesday's win against Stuttgart...
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...bringing Konrad Laimer, Ibrahima Konaté, Marcelo Sarrachi und Stefan Ilsanker into the starting XI.
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The game started at a high tempo, and kept this energy throughout.
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RBL defended well, but were fortunate not to go behind when Ishak Belfodil (l.) hit the crossbar.
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Kevin Kampl's shot hit the bar just before the stroke of half time...
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...and just seconds later, RBL hit the Hoffenheim woodwork again through Werner's flick.
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Die Roten Bullen finally took the lead in the 53rd minute, when Poulsen converted Werner's cross.
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The fans were applauding Peter Gulácsi in the 65th minute after his great reflex save from Adam Szalai's shot.
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RBL hit the woodwork for the third time in the match when Poulsen shot against the post in the 66th minute.
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Poulsen made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute after a great cross from Kevin Kampl.
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After Ilsanker's foul in the box, Andrej Kramaric made it 2-1 from the penalty spot...
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...but the hosts' response came too late, as RBL held on for the win.

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Bundesliga, Matchday 6
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

1-2

29th September

RB Leipzig
Attendance 28,115
WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena , Sinsheim

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