Both Red Bull teams in Europe grabbed wins on Saturday, including a major first three-points for RB Leipzig against Hannover to end an early season skid. Goals by World Cup veteran Timo Werner did the trick as Ralf Rangnick and crew are hoping for better results with the Europa League starting this week.
Leipzig Grab First Win; Salzburg Continue to Dominate – GLOBAL RECAP
WERNER AWAKENS IN THE BUNDESLIGA
No one could have been more relieved by the performance of top striker Timo Werner than manager Ralf Rangnick. Two goals form the German international buried Hannover 96 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. The connection between he and Emil Forsberg mirrored their efforts two seasons prior when Leipzig had one of the most dynamic attacks in the league.
The scoring started in the ninth minute when Yussuf Poulsen headed in a shot in front of an empty net. The game took a turn just minutes later when Hannover tied it up with a goal from Niklas Füllkrug. Just before the end of the first half it was Werner who took over, putting Leipzig ahead. He added another goal after a perfect pass from Forsberg to solidify the win despite a Hannover comeback attempt.
Next up is a dream game of sorts for the Red Bull organization as Salzburg and Leipzig battle for the first time in a competitive match.
SALZBURG CRUISES AND CONTINUES TO SHOW ELITE FORM
Make no mistake, Red Bull Salzburg are an elite team in Austria and could be on their way to proving that they are a top team in Europe. A win over second place SKN St. Polten 3-1 established a strong lead in the league after just seven games. Thus far Salzburg is perfect with seven wins in seven games but this game wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline appeared.
Polken took the lead in the 25th minute after an own goal from Marin Pongracic. It took until the 45th minute for Salzburg to tie the game when Xaver Schlager tapped in a ball after the opposing keeper mishandled the ball. From there the floodgates opened with Hannes Wolf doubling the lead by pouncing on a rebound in the second half. A stoppage time goal put the game away. Former New York Red Bull striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen added the insurance goal.