by MACAULAY DALEY
RB Leipzig won their seventh consecutive match and stayed three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 thrashing of Freiburg on Friday night.
They got off to the perfect start at the Schwarzwald-Stadion thanks to Naby Keita’s wonder strike after just 90 seconds.
Picking up Marcel Sabitzer’s pass, he eased past a defender before firing in from 25 yards out, but their lead lasted just 14 minutes.
A ball tossed in from the right-hand side was headed home by Florian Niederlechner, but the league leaders were back in front after a goalkeeping catastrophe.
Alexander Schwolow came to collect a hopeful ball into the area, but was beaten to it by Timo Werner who nipped past him and slotted into an empty net.
Werner scored his second after 35 minutes, he collected Emil Forsberg’s inch perfect through ball before curling the ball first-time past the Freiburg ‘keeper into the far corner.
Forsberg and Sabitzer combined for Die Bullen’s fourth of the game after 79 minutes, with the latter firing the ball home, despite Schwolow getting both hands to the Austrian’s effort.
Hamburg are still looking for their first win of the season after Werder Bremen came from behind twice to secure a point in the Nordderby.
Die Rothosen were ahead within three minutes, Lewis Holtby’s cross was headed home by Michael Gregoritsch.
Bremen’s first equaliser was worth the wait. Fin Bartels took a touch from Clement Fritz’ pass, flicked the ball away from Douglas Santos before smashing a first-time effort in at the near post.
But the home side were back in front just before the half-hour mark, thanks to some wonderful play from Nicolai Müller.
He played a one-two with Holtby, skipped past two challenges before squaring the ball for Gregoritsch to tap home into an empty net.
Alexander Nouri’s men got back into the game again on the stroke of half-time, through Serge Gnabry’s terrific solo goal.
He picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, ran past a feeble challenge before rolling the ball into the far corner of the Hamburg goal.
The point does neither side any good as they look to have consigned themselves for another season battling relegation.
Vedad Ibisevic became the 50th player in Bundesliga history to score 100 goals as his double helped Hertha Berlin record a 2-1 win over Mainz on Sunday.
Die Alte Dame went behind after 24 minutes when Aaron Seydel, starting a match for the very first time, fired home from close range following good work from Levin Oztunali.
On 36 minutes they levelled thanks to Ibisevic’s first of the game. Salomon Kalou played the ball into the Bosnian’s feet and he turned and slotted home.
Mainz went down to ten-men in 62nd minute when Jean-Philippe Gbamin was shown a second yellow and they were made to pay just five minutes later.
Ten years after opening his account for Alemmenia Aachen, Ibisevic moved into triple figures for his career, bundling the ball home following Kalou’s knockdown.
Despite the momentous occasion, his evening was soured when, with just over 15 minutes left to play, he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Pablo De Blasis.
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