December 16, 2018 / 5:34 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer: Doubles for Poulsen and Werner as Leipzig thrash Mainz

BERLIN (Reuters) - Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner scored twice each as RB Leipzig crushed Mainz 05 4-1 on Sunday to maintain their hold on fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Poulsen completed his double in the space of five minutes early in the first half while Werner added two more late in the second half to keep Leipzig two points ahead of fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

Leipzig, whose victory was a big boost for their confidence after their Europa League exit in midweek, are on 28 points.

Borussia Dortmund lead the standings on 39 after notching up their sixth straight win on Saturday, a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen.

Champions Bayern Munich are third on 30, level on points with second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ian Chadband

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