RB Leipzig 3-1 Mainz: 8,500 fans return to the Red Bull Arena as hosts cruise to victory
RB Leipzig 3-1 Mainz: 8,500 fans return to the Red Bull Arena to see Julian Naglesmann’s side cruise to victory in the opening game of the Bundesliga season
- RB Leipzig drove to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Mainz in the opening game
- 8,500 fans returned to the Red Bull Arena as they watched their side beat Mainz
- Spectators were socially removed in the stands – sitting in their ‘social bubbles’
RB Leipzig rode to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Mainz in their opening game of the Bundesliga season in front of 8,500 fans.
Julian Naglesmann’s side welcomed their fan base with a gift as they secured their first three points of the campaign as football slowly returns to normal in the German leagues.
Spectators had a social distance in the stands – were in their ‘social bubbles’ and were not allowed to mingle with other fans as they were all wearing face masks.
RB Leipzig drove to a 3-1 victory over Mainz in the opening game of the Bundesliga season
Julian Naglesmann’s squad welcomed 8,500 fans who returned to the Red Bull Arena
Spectators were socially removed in the stands – sitting in their ‘social bubbles’
And it took the hosts just 17 minutes to get their fan base up and running for the first time in months, when Emil Forsberg converted from the penalty spot.
Just four minutes later, the crowd cheered again when Yusuff Poulsen doubled Leipzig’s lead.
The striker rose the highest after a beautiful cross from Dani Olmo when Leipzig went back to work in the Red Bull Arena.
At the start of the second period, Jean-Philippe Mateta brought the visitors back within an hour after some good work from Robin Quaison unleashed the Frenchman one-on-one.
It took just 17 minutes to get their fans going when Emil Forsberg scored a penalty
Amadou Haidara got on the score sheet early in the second half when Leipzig scored three points
However, Leipzig did not spend time recovering their two-goal pillow, as the scorer of the first Forsberg found Amadou Haidara in the box, who finished coolly.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Champions League holders and German champions Bayern Munich began their season with an 8-0 victory over Schalke.
Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick while Leroy Sane was on the scoresheet for the first time since moving from Manchester City.
Borussia Dortmund also got off to a winning start with a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach as Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland once again shone with a brilliant link-up play.
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