STUTTGART, Germany – Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen scored a brace of goals for RB Leipzig, leading his side to a 3-1 victory over host VfB Stuttgart in a Bundesliga matchday 22 match held at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday.
With the win, Leipzig strengthened its grip on the fourth spot in the standings with 41 points, while Stuttgart stayed in the 16th and third-to-last place with 15 points.
Leipzig went into the lead at early stages thanks to Poulsen’s 1-0 goal just six minutes into the play, when he connected with a ricocheted ball from the Stuttgart defense, following a cross from Germany striker Timo Werner.
Stuttgart’s reaction was fast, with Switzerland midfielder Steven Zuber drawing level with a penalty in the 16th minute. The goal sparked wild celebrations among the home side’s supporters.
After the intermission, Austria winger Marcel Sabitzer made it 2-1 for Leipzig with a right-footed free-kick shot from outside the area in the 68th minute, while Poulsen scored his second and Leipzig’s third goal six minutes later, from a pass delivered by American teammate Tyler Adams.
In other German soccer league action in the day, Wolfsburg thrashed visiting FSV Mainz 3-0 at Volkswagen Arena, to provisionally climb into the fifth spot in the standings with 35 points, while Mainz sits in the 11th place with 27 points.
German midfielder Maximilian Arnold scored Wolfsburg’s opener just four minutes after the first whistle, as he was assisted by Croatia young winger Josip Brekalo.
In the second half, Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst doubled the scoring for the hosts on a successful penalty attempt in minute 70, while his teammate Robin Knoche made it 3-0, just six minutes later.
Hoffenheim also earned a 3-0 home victory over Hannover at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, moving provisionally into the seventh spot in the standings with 33 points, while Hannover is in the 17th and second-to-last place with 14 points.
Brazilian striker Joelinton netted Hoffenheim’s 1-0 lead in minute four, while Algeria forward Ishak Belfodil doubled the scoring 10 minutes later with a remarkable header, off a cross from Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay.
In the closing minutes of the second half, Demirbay gave Hoffenheim one more insurance goal, as he was assisted by teammate Nico Schulz.
Elsewhere in Bundesliga, FC Schalke and Freiburg played to a scoreless draw at VELTINS-Arena, to stay in the 14th spot with 23 points, one point behind 13th-placed Freiburg.
Although the match did not see goals, there were two dismissals; as Schalke’s German midfielder Suat Serdar was shown a straight red card and for a bad foul against Freiburg’s Mike Frantz, just three minutes before the first-half stoppage time.
On the other side, Freiburg’s defender Christian Gunter was shown his second yellow card in the stoppage time of the second half.