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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Marcel Halstenberg (16')
  • Marcel Sabitzer (31')
  • Timo Werner (42')
  • Christopher Nkunku (69')

Leipzig spoil promoted Union's Bundesliga debut

RB Leipzig players celebrate after scoring a goal against Union Berlin. Getty Images

RB Leipzig spoiled hosts Union Berlin's Bundesliga debut on Sunday, crushing the top division newcomers 4-0 with a performance that confirmed their preseason title contenders tag.

Marcel Halstenberg fired home from 20 metres in the 17th minute and then pounced on a keeper error to set up Marcel Sabitzer for the visitors' second goal in the 31st with only their second shot on target on a rain-drenched pitch in the capital.

Forward Timo Werner completed a fine combination with a powerful shot to send Leipzig into the break with a three-goal cushion. Substitute Christopher Nkunku tapped in from close range in the 69th for their fourth goal after the visitors also twice hit the woodwork.

Union, who lost only once at home in the second division last season, struggled with Leipzig's pace throughout and were unable to mount any serious attacks of their own.

Eintracht Frankfurt edged past Hoffenheim 1-0 in the only other game on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a five-star premiere, crushing Augsburg 5-1 on Saturday, while champions Bayern Munich stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin a day earlier. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 RB Leipzig 18 +30 40
2 Bayern Munich 18 +28 36
3 Borussia Dortmund 19 +23 36
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 +13 35
5 Schalke 04 18 +10 33
6 Bayer Leverkusen 18 +5 31
7 SC Freiburg 18 +5 29
8 TSG Hoffenheim 18 -4 27
9 VfL Wolfsburg 18 -2 24
10 FC Augsburg 18 -5 23
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 -1 21
12 FC Union Berlin 18 -6 20
13 FC Cologne 19 -15 20
14 Hertha Berlin 18 -11 19
15 Mainz 18 -15 18
16 Werder Bremen 18 -17 17
17 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 -19 15
18 SC Paderborn 07 18 -19 12