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Sørloth brace! RB Leipzig enjoy 4-1 win in Bremen!

The Bulls defeat Werder Bremen 4-1 | Sørloth records first brace for RBL | Sabitzer with perfect response to Rashica penalty | Important step towards Champions League qualification

The Bulls take an important step towards Champions League qualification! A strong performance saw RBL run out 4-1 winners in the 400th competitive game of the club's history.

RB Leipzig controlled the game from the first minute in Bremen but were unable to turn their dominance into goals. The first chance of the game fell to Justin Kluivert, who fired a powerful shot into the side netting (13'). In the 23rd minute, the deadlock was finally broken, Dani Olmo finishing after a fine exchange with Kevin Kampl. Not long after, Alexander Sørloth made is mark on the game. The attacker headed home a Christopher Nkunku cross to double the lead (32'), before turning home a low ball from Willi Orban to make it 3-0 in the 41st minute. RBL therefore went into the break with a deserved three-goal lead.

It seemed like SVW coach Florian Kohfeldt may have found the solutions at the break, his side coming out of the dressing room with a more promising performance. The home side were rewarded with a goal, Kevin Kampl being penalised for handball in the penalty area and Milot Rashica finding the back of the net from the spot. (61'). However, RBL quickly found found the right reaction, substitute Benjamin Henrichs crossing to Marcel Sabitzer, who beat goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka to restore the three-goal advantage. With the win looking to be all but secured, Julian Nagelsmann made full use of his bench to see out the victory. After Amadou Haiadara came on in the 62nd minute, Lazar Samardžić and Lukas Klostermann (75') and Hee-chan Hwang (82') also came into the game. With few more chances in the closing phase, the team saw out a comfortable 4-1 victory to take all three points.

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Julian Nagelsmann brought Kevin Kampl (suspension) back into the side, along with Marcel Hasltenberg (quarantine). Angeliño (muscle) also returned to the matchday squad, being named on the bench. Meanwhile, Yussuf Poulsen (muscle) was unavailable, as well as suspended defenders Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele.
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Ibrahima Konaté made his return to the starting lineup after almost four months.
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Konaté was partnered in the centre of defence by Willi Orban, who recently signed a three-year contract extension.
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10th minute: RB Leipzig are dominating the early phases and have enjoyed 81% possession so far. However, no real chances have come from it.
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13th minute: First chance for RBL! Nkunku with a great ball to Justin Kluivert, who brings the ball down really well but fires his shot into the side netting.
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23rd minute: GOOAAL FOR RBL! Kevin Kampl and Dani Olmo link up to give the Red Bulls the lead! Olmo backheels to Kampl, who returns the ball to the Spaniard. Our number 25 makes no mistake and finished perfectly past Pavlenka.
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32nd minute: GOAL!! 2-0 to RBL! Christopher Nkunku has plenty of time and crosses to Alexander Sørloth in the center. The Norwegian rises highest and nods to double the lead.
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38th minute: Halstenberg gets onto a Sabitzer pass and volleys home, but the flag is up for offside.
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41st minute: This time it counts! Just like a winger, Orban attacks down the right and squares the ball to Sørloth, who has the easiest of tasks. RBL go into the break 3-0 up.
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46th minute: Change for the Red Bulls: Benjamin Henrichs replaces Tyler Adams at right back.
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52nd minute: Werder's first shot on goal of the second half. It's a long-range effort from a free kick by substitute Milot Rashica, but doesn't hit the target.
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61st minute: Penalty for Werder! Kampl is penalised for a handball in the area. After a VAR check, Rashica steps up and makes no mistake from the spot.
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63rd minute: What a response from the team! Substitute Henrichs is involved, the right back plays in Sabitzer, who beats Pavlenka to regain the 3-goal lead.

69th minute: Peter Gulacsi is on hand to deny Rashica. Mr. Reliable!  

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82nd minute: Double change for the Bulls. Dani Olmo and Lukas Klostermann are replaced by Lazar Samardžić and Lukas Klostermann. Hee-chan Hwang also comes on for Sabitzer.
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89th minute: The game is nearing its finale with few chances at either end.

Let's go, Leipzig!

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