RB Leipzig ran out commanding 5-0 winners away to Mainz 05 on Sunday afternoon to end the weekend back in the top four.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side had dropped out of the Champions League places courtesy of Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s 3-1 win away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
The Saxony club took the game to the hosts from the start before taking the lead on 11 minutes through Timo Werner’s finish from a tight angle. The German international had failed to score in his previous four games in all competitions.
Yussuf Poulsen’s close range header midway through the first half seemed to kill the game off for Mainz, although they fought back from 0-2 to earn a point at FC Koln when the Bundesliga restarted last weekend.
There was to be no comeback this weekend when Werner setup Marcel Sabitzer to curl an effort into the top corner after Christopher Nkunku’s effort from a yard out had been blocked on the line.
Kevin Kampl did excellent work in the build up before assisting Werner’s second goal inside the opening three minutes of the restart with the 24-year-old sweeping the ball home from a favourable position.
Werner had several opportunities to complete his hat-trick before he finally did 15 minutes from time by dinking the ball over the onrushing Fabian Muller in the Mainz goal.
Victory moves RB Leipzig move up to third, seven points behind Bayern Munich and realistically fighting for a top four finish rather than the title in the final seven games. They are next in action on Wednesday at home to Hertha BSC.