Leipzig Timo Werner has with his first double pack in this Bundesliga season coach-returnee Ralf Rangnick also brought the first championship victory with RB Leipzig.
The German national soccer player scored his first two league goals in this season on Saturday at the laborious 3:2 (2:1) in the Red Bull Arena against Hannover 96 in the 40th and 63rd minute. In front of 38,937 spectators, the hitherto unbeaten but also victorious Hanoverians kept the game open through the goals of Niclas Füllkrug (13th) and Miiko Albornoz (65th) but always, after Yussuf Poulsen had brought the hosts after only nine minutes in the lead.
Even though he actually had all the players available for the urgently needed first win of the season on the 3rd matchday of the league, Rangnick could not summon up his supposed dream eleven. He gave up his French goalscorer Jean-Kévin Augustin because the Frenchman may be threatened with suspension by FIFA after not travelling to France’s U21 internationals.
Jean-Kévin Augustin Honours
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Ligue 1: 2015–16
- Coupe de France: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2015–16, 2016–17
- Trophée des Champions: 2015, 2016
- Paris Saint-Germain CFA
- UEFA Youth League Runner-up: 2015–16
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2016
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
- UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Golden Player: 2016
- UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Top goalscorer: 2016
The Dane Yussuf Poulsen was allowed to play for Augustin. And he was right. Poulsen deflected Diego Demme’s shot into the goal, while Hanover goalkeeper Michael Esser claimed an offside position: “But the header was perfect and RB Leipzig took the lead for the first time after a rather distorted start. But not for long.
The guests of coach André Breitenreiter took advantage of the weaknesses of the RB defensive only four minutes later. First Ihlas Bebou let RB captain Willi Orban on the left defensive side into the void Grätschen, Stefan Ilsanker tried to clarify the input. But he was clumsy when he put the ball on with his thigh filling jug, which pushed it volley into the Leipzig goal. Not even 120 seconds later, Takuma Asano stumbled over the visitors’ lead.
Even after that, the Leipzigers repeatedly made mistakes in the game’s structure. Several times they changed the system during the first half alone, they did not work sovereign. After all, they had more chances than the Lower Saxons.
First and foremost Werner, who hit the outer net twice in front of Joachim Löw’s national team co-coach Thomas Schneider and scored once before he was able to cheer the first goal of the season in the league. On the midline, Poulsen had spied the Asano ball away and passed it directly to Emil Forsberg. In his best scene until then, the Swede put the ball on Werner, who hit the goal this time. Poulsen could have made a possible preliminary decision, but two minutes before the break he failed because of Esser.
His counterpart in the Leipzig Gate shone after the change of sides. From a short distance, Hanover’s Walace came to the header, with a great reflex Gulacsi saved his team from the equalizer.
The RB pros were offered by the attack attempts of the guests space for their lightning attacks. Like after a good hour, when Forsberg presented the ball again to Werner: goal number two for the Goalgetter. That must have been it, many thought in the stadium. Wrong: Two minutes later Hanover’s Albornoz shortened when Werner was too half-hearted in the defensive and otherwise no real defensive man helped. The trembling for the first Rangnick victory in this league season continued until the end. The bet365 is the most popular online betting site in the world.