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Leipz and bounds: promoted side set Bundesliga record

A 2-1 victory over Augsburg left Leipzig third in the table and the first Bundesliga debutants to go unbeaten in their opening six games, beating Cologne's record.

Leipz and bounds: promoted side set Bundesliga record

RB Leipzig are going from strength to strength in Germany's top flight after establishing a record for the best start to a Bundesliga season for a newly-promoted side.

Their 2-1 victory at home to Augsburg on Friday left Leipzig provisionally third in the table and the first Bundesliga debutants to go unbeaten in their opening six games.

Old record set by Cologne in 1963

The last club to achieve such a feat was Cologne in 1963, but that was in the inaugural Bundesliga season.

"We are in the position of being able to score against any team. We are a young side with a lot of quality," said defender Willi Orban. "Every game is an adventure for us. We always give it our all."

Leipzig founded in 2009

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RB Leipzig were only founded in 2009 when Austrian energy drinks giants Red Bull took over the licence of fifth-division SSV Markranstaedt and changed the club's name, but four promotions in seven years have taken them to the Bundesliga.

With an average age of just over 24, their squad is the youngest in the Bundesliga, but they have already claimed some big scalps, inflicting a shock 1-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund and thrashing Hamburg 4-0 away.

They also ground out 1-1 draws with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Cologne before their win over Augsburg.

"Single-digit finish"

"I'm sure that Leipzig will be in a single-digit place in the table at the end of the season," said Augsburg coach Dirk Schuster.

Goals by Sweden winger Emil Forsberg and Denmark striker Yussuf Poulsen gave Leipzig the three points against Augsburg, but the extent of their potential is shown by the quality available on their bench.

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl.
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Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl.PATRIK STOLLARZAFP

Strong bench

Captain Dominik Kaiser, Scotland's most expensive ever-player Oliver Burke, Germany Under-21 striker Davie Selke and Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos all started against Augsburg on the bench.

"Of course, everyone always wants to play, but most important is the team's success," said Kaiser.

Leipzig will have a chance to extend their unbeaten start when they play Wolfsburg away in their next game on Sunday, October 16.


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