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3-1 win against Hoffenheim!

Timo Werner's brace (11', 52') and Marcel Sabitzer's tap-in (83') secured all three points | Hannes Wolf made his debut as a late substitute | 38,407 fans cheered on in Red Bull Arena

Another win for the Bulls! The deserved 3-1 victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at home makes it five in-a-row in the league.
 
It only took eleven minutes for the first goal to go in. Patrik Schick set up Timo Werner to slot home from close range. The next passage of play saw chances go begging at both ends. Hoffenheim almost equalised but Dennis Geiger was denied by the post (40').
 
The Bulls scored again shortly after the break and, again, it was Timo Werner's goal. This time he converted from the penalty spot after being fouled inside the area (52'). That was his 15th league goal in 14 games! Nagelsmann's men continued to control the game and put it beyond doubt in the closing phases when Marcel Sabitzer tidied up a rebound to make it 3-0 (83'). Hoffenheim's late goal through Ermin Bicakcic was nothing more than a consolation (89'). 
 
Hannes Wolf came on towards the end of the match to make his long-waited RB Leipzig debut after five months of injury.

Match Facts

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Julian Nagelsmann made three changes to his team. Péter Gulácsi and Marcel Halstenberg returned to the starting XI after injury absences. Emil Forsberg also started.

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Highlights:

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11th minute: GOAL FOR RBL! Patrik Schick finds Werner unmarked in the penalty area, and the talisman makes no mistake slotting it past Oliver Baumann - 1-0!
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23rd minute: Forsberg combines nicely with Werner and plays it out wide to Marcel Halstenberg on the left. Baumann is, however, able to block him from a tight angle.
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28th minute: Schick finds Werner again but his effort is just blocked by a TSG defender.

39th minute: Péter Gulácsi mistakenly plays it to Dennis Geiger, who is free to charge into the penalty area but his shot thankfully hits the post.

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51st minute: GOAL FOR RBL! Sabitzer plays a long ball over the top to Werner, who is brought down inside the penalty area...
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... he takes the penalty himself and scores to make it 2-0!
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77th minute: Nkunku is somehow denied as he follows up Werner's rebounded effort.
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80th minute: Nkunku comes close again - Baumann pulls off a great stop to keep him out!
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83rd minute: GOAL FOR RBL! Nkunku is denied by the keeper yet again...
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... but Sabitzer stabs home the rebound!
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84th minute: Hannes Wolf comes on for his debut after five months of injury!

89th minute: Goal for TSG. Bicakcic heads home to make it 3-1.

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Full time: The Bulls celebrate a deserved victory that keeps them second in the table.

It's Christmas time!

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