It was a case of away day déjà vu for 1. FC Nürnberg, as they collapsed to their second successive heavy defeat on the road. Two weeks ago, Der Club were walloped 7:0 by Borussia Dortmund. In match day seven, they conceded an even half-dozen against a rampant RB Leipzig. It could have been even worse.
There were wholesale changes to Leipzig starting eleven, as coach Ralf Rangnick decided to give a rest to seven players who had starred in the 3:1 Europa League win over Rosenborg in midweek. Regular goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi was back in for Yvon Mvogo, while Ibrahima Konaté, Stefan Ilsanker, Konrad Laimer, Bruma, Matheus Cunha and Jean-Kevin Augustin made way for more familiar faces Dayot Upamecano, Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer, Emil Forsberg, Yousef Poulsen and Timo Werner.
Michael Köllner made only one change to the eleven that had performed admirably to claim a 3:0 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf, replacing Brazilian Matheus Pereira with Japanese international Yuya Kubo.
Right from the first attack, the Franconians had a good idea of what they were in for. In the third minute, the FCN defence was carved open by Werner, who set up Kampl for the opener. Just four minutes later, Danish international Poulsen doubled the Red Bulls' lead with an easy finish from close range.
A former youth product at Leipzig, Nürnberg 'keeper Fabian Bredlow knew that was in for a nightmare. The rest of the team simply allowed their opponents to dictate term, and Rangnick's men attacked at will.
The home crowd had to wait until the 21st minute for the third goal, and this time it was Slovenian international Kampl who played provider. After the unfortunate Bredlow had made a complete hash of things, the finish was provided by Sabitzer, and one felt that the game was over already.
It was just a matter of how many Leipzig were going to score. Just eleven minutes later came goal number four, which was arguably the luckiest of the lot. After a Forsberg effort had been rebounded off defender Lukas Mühl, Werner was right there to crack a right-footed shot from 17 yards (32.)
A Sunday evening to forget
There was a rare sight of goal for the visitors as Swede Mikael Ishak fired wide (53.), but just two minutes later Sabitzer sealed his brace with a long-range effort. It was another avoidable goal for Der Club, as not for the first time Bredlow was unable to deal with the Austrian's effort.
Köllner's side were now trying their best to limit the damage, but the snorting Roten Bullen were not done yet. The Nürnberg coach had been a dentist's assistant during his national service with the Bundeswehr. As he sat in the dugout watching the carnage around him, it must have felt like pulling teeth.
A minute before the hour mark, Werner netted his own brace, and his team's sixth, when he met Poulsen's cross. Again, the unfortunate Bredlow was right in the thick of the action. For the Nürnberg 'keeper, it had been a Sunday evening to forget.
When ten are better than eleven
In the 63rd minute, Werner decided that he was going to enjoy himself. The speedy German international charged from his own halfway line and into the opposition box, and looked set to develop a shooting chance when two defenders closed in on him.
Tim Leibold's rather pointless challenge was too much for referee Tobias Stieler. The Nürnberg defender saw red, and Leipzig were also awarded a penalty. (64.) Werner stepped up, expecting to complete his hat-trick. But this time, one on one, Bredlow had the measure of the kick. Werner decided on hitting the ball straight down the middle, and the 'keeper, diving to his right, had the presence of mind to block it with his feet.
Strangely, Nürnberg seemed to play better with ten men. Despite being a man up with more than 25 minutes to play, Leipzig were unable to add to their six-goal tally. Skipper Willi Orban hit the post (69.) and Werner sent a shot just over the target, but that was that.
While Nürnberg were determined not to take any further punishment, Leipzig made the most of the opportunity to slow down and conserve energy. The Red Bulls' six goals had propelled them to second place with 14 points, ahead of three other teams on goal difference.
Result: RB Leipzig 6 (Kampl 3., Poulsen 7., Sabitzer 21., 55., Werner 32., 59.) 1. FC Nürnberg 0