RB Leipzig has at least temporarily taken the series management in the Bundesliga. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrated their sixth series victory in a row in the deserved 3-0 (1-0) victory at Fortuna Düsseldorf and replaced Borussia Mönchengladbach (31) in second place with 33 points. The Gladbachers can pass again on Sunday (3.30pm) with a win at VfL Wolfsburg.
Patrik Schick (2nd place), Timo Werner (58th, penalty) and Nordi Mukiele (75th) brought Leipzig a successful dress rehearsal for the top match on Tuesday at Borussia Dortmund. After the fifth game in a row, the Düsseldorfers are still in relegation rankings with no victory.
"It was a very confident performance. At no time did I have the feeling that something could burn," Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said after the game ended CloudMicrophone. "We must now concentrate fully on Dortmund. If we want to be at the top, we have to score there as well."
The hosts had to deal with Rouwen Henning's loss at short notice. The tip (ten goals this season) was absent due to the flu. Unlike the Champions League game at Olympique Lyon, Nagelsmann switched his team to five positions.
Despite the change in personnel, the Saxons got a dream start in front of 35 387 spectators. After much preparation by Konrad Laimer, Schick met for the early trip. The guests then had everything under control. RB boomed against low-lying Dusseldorf, but to make up for it. Marcel Sabitzer led the standings (4th place).
Düsseldorf is just convincing in a fighting way
Leipziger then let the ball and opponents run, Fortuna initially had little to counter this playful superiority. However, the Champions League round of 16 was extremely negligent with his chances. Country player Lukas Klostermann let the ball from close range over the goal (21st), Schick narrowly missed on his second goal (23rd). Then Dayot Upamecano had a double chance. But to begin with, the central defender from close range to goalkeeper Zack Steffen failed, he shot the return over (31).
The home team were fiercely convinced, but the Düsseldorf team acted too quickly after winning the ball and giving many inaccuracies in the set-up. Still, they would almost have settled before the break with their only chances. Dawid Kownacki only hit the bar with flick (44th).
The guests also set the tone in the second half. Werner initially failed to make the trip to Steffen (48th), but then scored his 16th goal of the season with a penalty. After the Kaan Ayhan handball, Judge Robert Hartmann had to test the video evidence in advance. As a result, Leipzig sank slightly to save energy. The replacement Mukiele still managed the third goal.
"Against such top teams," Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel said objectively, "we have no chance so far. After 0: 2, it was just a matter of not falling completely apart."