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Leipzig smash Mainz; crowd noise experiment success (video)

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RB Leipzig kept their Bundesliga title push on track with a resounding 5-0 win at Mainz on Sunday as a crowd noise experiment equally stole the headlines.

Remember: Leipzig beat Mainz 8-0 earlier this season and this latest big win pushed them back into third place and five points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who face second place Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side scored early and often with Timo Werner grabbing a hat trick, plus Youssef Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer adding a goal each. In truth, Leipzig should have won by more in a one-sided game which was talked about around the world due to a crowd noise experiment which included cow bells, drums and more broadcast on TV feeds but not in the stadium itself.

Throughout the game, crowd noise was played over the world feed and heard by the TV audience in the USA and elsewhere as supporters’ chants, cheers and jeers could be heard as a sound engineer played certain sound tracks at certain moments with wonderful timing. It was certainly a success and made watching the game more enjoyable for the TV audience as camera angles were also used cleverly to not show empty seats as much as possible.

As for the game itself, Leipzig went 2-0 up early on as Werner and Poulsen both finished calmly from fluid moves down the right.

First, Laimer popped up on the right wing and crossed for Werner to steer home at the near post, then Sabitzer appeared down the right and his clipped crossed was nodded home by the unmarked Poulsen.

Leipzig were all over Mainz in the first half as Werner was denied by goalkeeper Muller, then Poulsen shanked his effort wide from a good position and Nkunku slotted wide as they could have easily lead by four or five at half time.

They did lead by three goals as Leipzig launched another fine counter and Poulsen set up Sabitzer who found the top corner with ease.

Wave after wave of Leipzig attack continued in the second half as Werner scored his second and Leipzig’s fourth with another poacher’s finish.

Mainz simply couldn’t handle Leipzig’s movement and dropped deeper and deeper throughout as Werner finished off Poulsen’s quick free kick to put a bow on a comprehensive win for the Bundesliga and Champions League title chasers.

Even the (manufactured) home crowd at Mainz couldn’t help but applaud the five-star display from Leipzig.

US-eligible forward Shawn Parker, 21, switches Bundesliga clubs

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Two months ago we asked whether you’d be comfortable with the United States claiming FSV Mainz forward Shawn Parker as their own, and now the 21-year-old striker has found a new club in the Bundesliga.

Parker has switched to FC Augsburg, which finished one point below Mainz on the Bundesliga table. He scored one goal in 11 appearances (three starts) for Mainz, which has Cameroon internationalĀ Eric Choupo Moting and Japan starter Shinji Okazaki ahead of him on the depth chart.

As for Augsburg, ParkerĀ joins a strike force with Turkish star Halil Altintop. There are fewer established forwards in the ranks, and their interest in Parker bodes well for the youngster.

From the Bundesliga’s web site:

“Shawn approached us because he felt he needed a change. He wanted to play a more important role in a new environment and in a new team than was possible with us recently,” said Mainz’s sporting director Christian Heidel. “We think this step is a good decision for his personal development and we therefore wish him all the very best.”

Parker was a produce of Mainz’s youth academy and he made his Bundesliga debut in October 2012 against 1899 Hoffenheim. He totalled 27 Bundesliga appearances for the Coface Arena club, scoring four goals, although he made only three starts last season.

“Augsburg have a young coach, a great team and a tight-knit yet highly-professional environment,” said Parker. “I’m sure something big is growing here in terms of the future and to be part of it is a big opportunity which I am delighted to take.”

It’s a four-year deal for the 5-foot-10 attacker.

Bremen striker bags beautiful looping goal…in his own net

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Nils Petersen found himself all alone in the box. The corner had been taken well, looping away from the net and dropped to the isolated striker.

He lashed at the spinning ball, and as luck would have it the keeper was wrong-footed, allowing the ball to loop beautifully into the top right corner, a stunning strike that ended practically unstoppable.

Oh, I forgot to mention, he hit the ball into his own net. The goalie he beat was his own.

In shades of Kolo Toure against Fulham earlier this season, the poor German striker bagged an effort he could only dream of on the other end as Werder Bremen dropped 3-0 to FSV Mainz 05 3-0 on Saturday, with Petersen’s own-goal the opener after just five minutes.

Despite the joking earlier, it wasn’t on purpose. The corner did find Petersen all alone in the box, but instead of clearing the danger, he attempted to settle the ball, resulting in a miss-hit that sent the looping effort somehow into the top corner.

To make matters worse, Petersen was removed at halftime, the third time this season he’s been withdrawn on 45 minutes or earlier.Ā  He’d taken no shots (on the opponent’s goal, that is), received the ball just seven times, was 2/8 dueling in the air, 0/2 tackling, and didn’t complete a single pass in the final third.

With just six goals in 25 appearances, it’s been a forgettable season for Bremen and Petersen as the club sits in 13th just six points from the drop.