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Werner strikes as Leipzig beat Frankfurt

By AAP Newswire

Timo Werner has celebrated renewing his RB Leipzig contract with the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.

Werner struck from a corner in just 10 minutes and Yussuf Poulsen's superb volley doubled the lead in the 80th minute on Sunday.

Before the game Leipzig said Germany striker Werner had extended his deal with the club to 2023.

Goncalo Paciencia cut the deficit for Frankfurt but Leipzig held on to go joint second in the Bundesliga on goal difference.

Leaders Borussia Dortmund defeated promoted Cologne 3-1 on Friday while champions Bayern Munich, two points off the pace, beat Schalke 3-0 on Saturday.

Werner had long been linked with a move to Bayern but with that seemingly not materialising, he agreed a new deal from his current contract, which was due to expire in 2020.

And he immediately proved his worth with a snap finish from Poulsen's headed flick at a set piece.

"I'm happy to have signed a new contract and to have scored a goal, but the most important thing was the win," he said.

"It meant so much to me that our fans celebrated my contract extension so loudly in the stadium."

Werner was denied his second by Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp but went off in the 79th minute after appearing to tweak his thigh.

Just 60 seconds later the game was safe as Poulsen brilliantly slammed home Emil Forsberg's deep cross on the volley to maintain Julian Nagelsmann's perfect winning start as Leipzig coach.

"We have believed," Trapp told Sky television.

"The way we played today, we felt like we dominated the game."

In the late game Wolfsburg maintained their own 100 per cent record with a 3-0 win at Hertha Berlin.

Hertha had claimed a credible draw at Bayern to start the season but their high point against Wolfsburg was Ondrej Duda winning a penalty after only 15 seconds.

The video assistant corrected the decision, deeming Joshua Guilavogui won the ball with his tackle, and it was all downhill for the capital side from there.

"We have a lot of things we have to do much better," admitted Hertha coach Ante Covic.

Wout Weghort's penalty put Wolfsburg in front after nine minutes and Hertha rarely threatened to level.

Josip Brekalo's fine solo goal in the 82nd minute and a powerful shot from Jerome Roussillon in added time took Wolfsburg fourth.

"Quite clearly the goal from Brekalo was decisive," said Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner. "We defended very compactly - that a key to the succcess."