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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Werner strikes twice as Leipzig crush Freiburg
August 27, 2017 / 6:21 PM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Werner strikes twice as Leipzig crush Freiburg

* Hanover join league leaders on six points

* Freiburg concede four goals in second half

* First win of the season for Leipzig (Adds promoted Hanover beating Schalke 04)

BERLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Timo Werner struck twice as RB Leipzig came from a goal down to crush visitors Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday for their first victory of the Bundesliga season.

Last season’s surprise runners-up took instant control of the game, pinning Freiburg back and having more than 60 percent possession, but it was the visitors who scored first with Florian Niederlechner completing a superb passing move in the 23rd minute.

The goal turned the game on its head and it was Leipzig who were now under pressure, desperate to find an equaliser before the break.

Werner, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Marcel Sabitzer had golden chances but they had to wait until right after the break to level with Germany international Werner’s glancing header from an Emil Forsberg corner.

They never looked back as Willi Orban tapped in seven minutes later and the talented 21-year-old Werner grabbed his second goal of the afternoon.

With Freiburg’s defence having crumbled in the second half Bruma completed Leipzig’s strong comeback with an 80th-minute effort.

Borussia Dortmund top the table on goal difference after making it two wins out of two matches with a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Promoted Hanover 96 joined them at the top on Sunday after new signing Jonathas tapped in from close range five minutes after coming on as a substitute to sink Schalke 04 1-0.

Champions Bayern Munich are also on a maximum six points following their win over Werder Bremen by the same score a day earlier, as are Hamburg SV who have made their best start in eight seasons. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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