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Werner's second-half double for Leipzig sinks Benfica

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Werner's second-half double for Leipzig sinks Benfica
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - Benfica v RB Leipzig - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - September 17, 2019 Benfica's Adel Taarabt in action with RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen REUTERS/Rafael Marchante   -   Copyright  RAFAEL MARCHANTE(Reuters)

LISBON (Reuters) – RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner scored two second-half goals to secure an impressive 2-1 win at Benfica in their opening Champions League Group D match on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old finished off a neat Leipzig move to break the deadlock in the 69th minute after Nordi Mukiele threaded the ball into the area where Yussuf Poulsen laid it off for Werner to drive a low shot into the far corner.

Nine minutes later, the ball was chipped over the Benfica defence to release Marcel Sabitzer and he rolled into the path of Werner who scored again for the Bundesliga side.

The goal was initially disallowed for offside but awarded after quick a VAR review.

Benfica had threatened either side of Werner’s opener. Pizzi nearly gave the Eagles the lead with a shot which flashed across the face of goal and Alex Grimaldo saw a dipping free kick brilliantly turned away by Peter Gulacsi immediately afterwards.

The Portuguese side finally scored in the 84th minute when a quick break ended with substitute Haris Seferovic firing past Gulacsi but they could not force an equaliser.

Leipzig top the group ahead of Olympique Lyonnais and Zenit St Petersburg who earlier drew 1-1 in the group’s other match.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)