Leverkusen Deny Dortmund Three Points In Seven-Goal Thriller

Leverkusen’s German defender Jonathan Tah and Dortmund’s Swiss goalkeeper Roman Buerki (R) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs BVB Borussia Dortmund in Leverkusen, western Germany on February 8, 2020.
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Substitute Leon Bailey scored one late goal and made another as Bayer Leverkusen sealed a stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bailey came on for the final 20 minutes with his side 3-2 down and after slotting home the equaliser, the Jamaican winger’s audacious backheel led to Lars Bender heading in Leverkusen’s winner.

It was the first time Dortmund teenager Erling Braut Haaland had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first four games.

Leverkusen are now fifth while Dortmund stay third.

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However, Borussia could finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the defending champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday.

The goals flew at the BayArena with three disallowed efforts on top of the two Kevin Volland also scored for Leverkusen.

Mats Hummels, Emre Can — who was making his first Dortmund start — and Raphael Guerreiro netted Dortmund’s goals.

Former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Can scored a stunning goal to put Dortmund 2-1 up in the first half, curling his shot inside the top corner.

Volland put Leverkusen ahead on 20 minutes by firing home with his second touch, but Hummels equalised almost immediately by heading home a corner.

With both teams attacking hard, French forward Moussa Diaby had a goal ruled offside, just before Can’s stunning strike.

However, Volland levelled for Leverkusen when he rifled home on 43 minutes.

The second-half was just as packed with end-to-end action.

A superb goal by Jadon Sancho was cancelled when the video assistant referee spotted a push by Dortmund’s 17-year-old winger Giovanni Reyna in the build-up.

At the other end, Volland hit the post with an hour gone when he managed to get in behind the defence.

Dortmund finally went 3-2 up when Achraf Hakimi started a move which released left-back Raphaël Guerreiro, who drove his shot home on 65 minutes.

The scene was set for Bailey, who had a goal disallowed soon after coming on, but was not to be denied.

After sweeping home a goal of his own on 81 minutes, he back-heeled to Dutch midfielder Daley Sinkgraven who crossed for Bender to nod in the winner.

There was just 82 seconds between the final two crucial goals.

Quaison Hat-Trick

Earlier, Sweden striker Robin Quaison hit a hat-trick as Mainz beat 10-man Hertha Berlin 3-1 in the capital to push Jurgen Klinsmann’s side towards the relegation spots.

Hertha have just one win in their five games in all competitions in 2020 under ex-Germany and USA head coach Klinsmann, who took charge last November.

Hertha’s only consolation was an own goal by Mainz defender Jeffrey Bruma just before Berlin midfielder Marius Wolf was sent off for a second yellow card soon before the final whistle.

Having also been drubbed 4-0 by leaders Bayern Munich in January, Hertha are now 14th in the table, two places from the relegation spots.

In Gelsenkirchen, sixth-placed Schalke’s title aspirations suffered a dent in a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Paderborn.

Schalke are now seven points behind the leaders before Bayern play on Sunday.

Schalke’s academy product Ahmed Kutucu, 19, fired home from a tight angle in the second half, but midfielder Klaus Gjasula equalised with a late header for Paderborn.

Bremen Slump

Werder Bremen are now deep in the relegation places after a 2-0 home defeat to mid-table Union Berlin.

Second-half goals by Union winger Marius Buelter did the damage, combined with Mainz’s win at Hertha Berlin, to leave Bremen 17th and four points from safety.

Bremen’s cause was not helped as Fortuna Duesseldorf picked up a point to move above Bremen by drawing 1-1 at ten-man Wolfsburg.

Winger Mathias Zimmermann gave Duesseldorf the lead and Wolfsburg had defender Marin Pongracic sent off for elbowing Alfredo Morales at a free-kick.

Despite being a man down, Wolfsburg drew level when midfielder Renato Steffen headed the equaliser.

Mid-table Freiburg rebounded from back-to-back defeats with a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, thanks to a first-half penalty by striker Luca Waldschmidt at the Schwarzwald Stadion.

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Leverkusen Shock Bayern As Dortmund Go Seven Points Clear

Leverkusen Shock Bayern As Dortmund Go Seven Points Clear
Bayern Munich’s French forward Kingsley Coman and Leverkusen’s Jamaican midfielder Leon Bailey vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Germany, on February 2, 2019. Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Defending champions Bayern Munich crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, allowing Borussia Dortmund to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points.

Second-half goals by Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario inflicted only a fourth league defeat on second-placed Bayern this season as Dortmund added a point to their lead despite drawing 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern, who can drop to third if Borussia Moenchengladbach win later on Saturday at Schalke, had their seven-match winning streak in the league ended abruptly and now have 13 games to catch Dortmund up.

“We have to win every game now,” fumed Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

“If we leave any more points on the road, it will be almost irredeemable.”

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Bayern lived dangerously early on with Mats Hummels coming perilously close to conceding a penalty after a shot by Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland cannoned off his arm.

With half-timea approaching, Bayern’s in-form midfielder Leon Goretzka netted his fourth goal in three games with a superb box-to-box effort, tracking back to snuff out a counter attack, then turned tail to sprint into his own area and head home on 41 minutes.

It should have been 2-0 at the break to Bayern, but Robert Lewandowski had a goal ruled marginally offside, but Leverkusen’s fleet-footed attack hit top gear in the second-half.

The fight-back burst into life eight minutes after the break when Jamaican winger Leon Bailey curled a free-kick past Bayern’s reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, in for thumb-injury victim Manuel Neuer.

Leverkusen then shredded Bayern’s defence to leave Volland with a simple tap in on 63 minutes before Argentinian striker Alario, on for Bailey, tapped home on 89 minutes as Bayern were repeatedly punished on the counter.

In Frankfurt, Dortmund deserved an away point and went ahead after a fantastic run by Raphael Guerreiro, who dribbled past two defenders and drew a third to leave Marco Reus free to fire home unmarked on 22 minutes.

Dortmund playmaker Reus, who has hit 13 league goals and created nine more, could have scored four times in the first-half alone – twice firing wide and also clipping the bar.

However, Frankfurt drew level nine minutes before the break when Luka Jovic, the league’s top-scorer with 14 goals, finally beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki, moments after seeing an effort saved, when he poked home a cross.

At the other end of the table, Nuremberg climbed off the bottom with a 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen as Johannes Eggestein’s second-half goal was cancelled out by a late equaliser from Nuremberg’s Swedish striker Mikael Ishak.

Mid-table Hertha Berlin, who host Bayern in the German Cup’s last 16 on Wednesday, crashed to a 1-0 home defeat at the Olympic Stadium as towering Dutch striker Wout Weghorst scored Wolfsburg’s winner.

And Fortuna Duesseldorf, trashed 4-0 by Leipzig last Sunday, earned a point at Hoffenheim as Rouwen Hennings late equaliser cancelled out Andrej Kramaric’s first-half penalty.

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Injured Bayern Keeper Neuer To Miss Leverkusen Clash

 

A thumb injury has ruled Bayern Munich captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out of Saturday’s Bundesliga match at Bayer Leverkusen with the defending champions chasing an eighth straight league win.

“The captain of Germany’s record champions suffered an injury to his right hand in training and therefore stayed in Munich on Friday afternoon,” said the club’s website.

Bayern have not said for how long Neuer, Germany’s goalkeeper, will be sidelined with their Champions League, last 16, first-leg clash against Liverpool at Anfield on February 19 rapidly approaching.

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Neuer, 32, missed Friday’s final training session, but according to Germany’s top daily Bild, there is no fracture.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac is said to have seen the X-Ray on the team bus, which dampened spirits on the way to Leverkusen lagging six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in the table.

With Neuer ruled out, back-up goalkeeper Sven Ulreich will take over at Leverkusen having yet to play a single game this season.

However, the 30-year-old proved himself a capable stand-in last season, after Neuer fractured his foot in September 2017, as Ulreich ended up playing in 29 of Bayern’s 34 league games and kept 12 clean sheets for the reigning German champions.

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Gladbach Stay In Bundesliga Title Race With Win At Leverkusen

Leverkusen’s German forward Kevin Volland (front) vies with Moenchengladbach’s Swiss defender Michael Lang (L)  in Leverkusen, on January 19, 2019. Bernd Thissen / dpa / AFP

 

Borussia Moenchengladbach kept pace with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race on Saturday with Alassane Plea netting in their 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Defending champions Bayern halved Dortmund’s lead to three points on Friday with an impressive 3-1 win at Hoffenheim before Dortmund face a tricky away clash at fourth-placed RB Leipzig later Saturday.

Third-placed Gladbach, who are enjoying one of their best seasons, deserved their win at Leverkusen, whose coach Peter Bosz took charge of his first Bundesliga game after replacing Heiko Herrlich last month.

On the first weekend of the Bundesliga after the winter break, Gladbach breached Leverkusen’s defence when captain Lars Stindl split the defence with a superb pass before Plea fired home his tenth goal this season eight minutes before the break.

Leverkusen had second-half chances as their Germany teenage international Kai Havertz fired wide, Karim Bellarabi hit the post and Jamaica winger Leon Bailey had a penalty appeal turned down.

Plea, 25, has been a revelation on the road for Gladbach since joining from Nice last July with eight of his league goals so far having been scored away from home.

The away win leaves Gladbach three points behind Bayern and six adrift of Dortmund.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt climbed to fifth, a point from the Champions League berths, with a 3-1 win at home to Freiburg as striker Luka Jovic claimed his 13th goal this season to become the league’s top-scorer.

A header by Sebastian Haller gave Frankfurt the lead on 34 minutes before the hosts pulled away with two superb goals.

Croatia forward Ante Rebic beat three defenders with a dramatic change of direction, which created space to curl his shot into the goal on 40 minutes.

Jovic, who scored five goals in one league game in October, added Frankfurt’s third just before the break before Nils Petersen pulled a goal back from Freiburg in the second half.

Werder Bremen climbed to eighth with a 1-0 win at Hanover as Kosovo striker Milot Rashica scored the winner by finishing off a move started by captain Max Kruse.

Stuttgart remain in the relegation places after a 3-2 defeat at home to Mainz.

Mainz built up a 3-0 lead with an own goal by Stuttgart defender Santiago Ascacibar before striker Jean-Philippe Mateta and defender Alexander Hack netted.

However, Stuttgart roared back with two goals in the final seven minutes from Nicolas Gonzalez and Marc Oliver Kempf before Anastasios Donis hit the post in a dramatic finish.

Fortuna Duesseldorf, who last month stunned Dortmund 2-1 and drew 3-3 at Bayern, are now six games unbeaten after a 2-1 win at Augsburg with Benito Raman scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute.

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Bosz Takes Over As Leverkusen Coach

Bosz Takes Over As Leverkusen Coach
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 09, 2017 then Dortmund’s Dutch head coach Peter Bosz is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match between SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund in Freiburg, southwestern Germany. THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

 

Dutchman Peter Bosz was appointed head coach of Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday after Heiko Herrlich was sacked even though the Bundesliga side had won four of their last five games.

Bosz, 55, who steered Ajax to the Europa League final in 2017, was dismissed by current league leaders Borussia Dortmund last December after just five months.

Leverkusen have given Bosz a contract until June 2020 and he will take charge after the Christmas holidays. The German league resumes on January 18 following the winter break.

After beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Saturday, Leverkusen are ninth in the table and seven points off the Champions League places.

Leverkusen’s sports director Rudi Voeller justified the decision to fire Herrlich after 17 months because of the “stagnation of the team’s development”.

Under the 47-year-old Leverkusen finished fifth in Germany’s top flight last season, missing a Champions League place on goal difference.

“After a series of unsatisfactory performances in the first half of the season, we are in a situation that calls for a change of coach, from our point of view,” said Voeller.

Bosz had been Voeller’s first choice to coach Leverkusen in July 2017, but when the Dutchman opted for Dortmund, Herrlich got the job.

“Heiko gave our team an important boost last year after a very difficult season and got us back in international competition,” said Voeller.

Leverkusen finished top of their Europa League group and will face Russian side Krasnodar in the last 32.

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Poulsen Shines As Leipzig Climb Above Bayern Into Third

Leipzig´s Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen (R) scores past Leverkusen´s Brazilian defender Wendell during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 11, 2018. ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP

 

Defending champions Bayern Munich dropped down to fourth in the Bundesliga on Sunday as RB Leipzig leap-frogged them into third with a 3-0 home win against Bayer Leverkusen.

After Bayern lost 3-2 on Saturday at league leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are now seven points ahead of their rivals, Leipzig’s victory pushed the Bavarians further down the table.

Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen shone, scoring twice and playing a part in the second with a deft pass.

Leipzig took the lead when Poulsen opened the scoring by poking the ball over Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with 27 minutes gone.

The video assistant referee (VAR) took a good look at the replays, with suspicions Leipzig striker Timo Werner was offside, but the goal stood.

Leverkusen had a chance soon after when their 19-year-old winger Kai Havertz fired just over and their head coach Heiko Herrlich introduced Jamaican Leon Bailey for the second half.

Poulsen was also involved in the second goal, flicking a throw-in on to Marcel Sabitzer, who played Lukas Klostermann into the area for the central midfielder to fire home on 68 minutes.

Bailey was denied in the 75th minute when his curling free-kick was palmed away by Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Leipzig punished a terrible pass by Leverkusen’s second-half substitute Dominik Kohr, quickly moving the ball to Poulsen who slotted home five minutes from time to seal the win.

On Saturday, Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund’s winner as they twice came from behind in a thrilling game to inflict a third defeat on Bayern in six league games, taking just eight points from a possible 21.

Robert Lewandowski scored both of Bayern’s goals, but Dortmund captain Marco Reus twice equalised for the hosts, converting a penalty and firing home their second before Alcacer came off the bench to hit the winner.

The result increased the pressure on Bayern head coach Niko Kovac whose side’s chances of winning a seventh straight title in his first season in charge suffered another blow.

Lucien Favre’s Dortmund remain unbeaten and four points clear of second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who romped to a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen with Alassane Plea scoring a hat-trick.

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Bayern Rout Leverkusen To Cruise Into German Cup Final

 

Bayern Rout Leverkusen To Cruise Into German Cup Final
Bayern Munich’s players celebrate after the German football Cup DFB Pokal semifinal match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Germany, on April 17, 2018.
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Thomas Mueller shone as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-2 semi-final win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to reach the German Cup final and keep their treble dreams alive.

Leverkusen are up to third in the Bundesliga, but trail champions Bayern by a massive 24 points and the gulf in the league table showed up clearly in this semi-final.

“We were very effective and the team worked really well together,” beamed Mueller after Bayern’s masterclass in attacking football.

“We really deserved it, the team performance was great.

“Of course we want more (titles), we can feel that something is possible this season,” he added as Bayern eye winning the Cup for the 19th time in the club’s history.

Mueller, the man of the match, scored twice and helped set up the visitors’ first goal for Javi Martinez after only three minutes.

Robert Lewandowski added a second, his 36th goal in 40 games this season, when left unmarked in the area as Munich raced into a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes at the BayArena in Leverkusen.

Bayer captain Lars Bender gave the hosts hope with a 16th-minute header while the Bayern defence appealed for an offside call which never came.

Leverkusen’s Germany winger Karim Bellarabi could have equalised when he twice forced Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich into reflex saves, but it stayed 2-1 at the break.

Bayern stormed away in the second half as their star-studded attack turned on the style.

Mueller, a constant menace to the Leverkusen defence, netted his first on 52 minutes after good work from Thiago Alcantara, who hit their third eight minutes later.

The Spain international ran across goal and pulled back a sublime shot which wrong-footed Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Arjen Robben made it 5-1 when he fired home unmarked in the area on 64 minutes.

Jamaica winger Leon Bailey, a second-half replacement, pulled a goal back for Leverkusen with a stunning free-kick on 72 minutes.

But Mueller extinguished any hopes of a fight-back with his second and Bayern’s sixth as the attacking midfielder scored a classic striker’s goal.

When a Thiago pass played him into the area, Mueller shielded the ball with his body, then spun around his marker to bang his shot past Leno on 78 minutes.

Mueller was cheered off by visiting Munich fans when he made way for James Rodriguez on 80 minutes.

Having already wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title, Bayern will now face either Schalke or Eintracht Frankfurt, who meet in Wednesday’s other semi, in the cup final in Berlin on May 19.

“We are delighted that we are going to Berlin,” said Bayern goalkeeper Ulreich.

Bayern host Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final a week on Wednesday before the return leg in Madrid on May 1.

“When we play like we did today, it will even be hard for Real,” added Ulreich as Bayern eye a repeat of their 2013 treble.

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Bayern-Bound Kovac Sees Frankfurt Crash At Leverkusen

 

Bayern-Bound Kovac Sees Frankfurt Crash At Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt Croatian head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt, in Leverkusen, western Germany, on April 14, 2018. Photo: Federico Gambarini / dpa / AFP

 

Niko Kovac insisted Eintracht Frankfurt won’t use his appointment as Bayern Munich coach next season as an excuse, despite their 4-1 thrashing at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Frankfurt’s plans for next season were thrown into chaos on Friday when Bundesliga champions Bayern confirmed Kovac, 46, will join them to replace Jupp Heynckes as coach in 2018/19.

“Trainers and players come and go, my team will not use this as an excuse,” Frankfurt coach Kovac told Sky.

“Everyone is professional enough, because we know we can achieve a European place next year – I am convinced of that.”

However, the performance at the BayArena did not back up Kovac’s words as Frankfurt’s Champions League hopes suffered a heavy blow.

This was the first time this season Frankfurt have conceded four goals.

Germany hopeful Kevin Volland boosted his chances of making Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad, to be named on May 15, with a hat-trick for Leverkusen.

The thrashing left Frankfurt sixth, five points from fourth-placed Leverkusen — and a Champions League place — with four games left.

Germany international Julian Brandt gave Leverkusen the lead with a deft header — his first in the Bundesliga — on 20 minutes.

Frankfurt drew level just three minutes later when Mexico midfielder Marco Fabian rounded the goalkeeper to finish a move started by Kevin-Prince Boateng.

When teenage winger Kai Havertz threaded a pass through the Frankfurt defence, Volland tucked his shot into the bottom corner on 71 minutes to make it 2-1.

The floodgates opened soon after.

Volland’s second goal came six minutes later when Brandt broke through the middle and played Karim Bellarabi in behind the defence.

The winger handed Volland a simple tap-in, and the striker then claimed his 14th goal of the season to wrap up his hat-trick.

Bellarabi beat the defence and again served up another a goal for Volland two minutes before the final whistle.

The win cements Leverkusen’s grip on fourth place and gives them a five-point cushion over Hoffenheim, in fifth, and Frankfurt, who are in the Europa League places.

The victory boosts Leverkusen ahead of Tuesday’s German Cup semi-final at home to Bayern.

Elsewhere, the bottom two clubs Hamburg and Cologne suffered defeats to edge closer towards relegation.

Bottom side Cologne suffered a 2-1 away defeat to mid-table Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium.

Leon Bittencourt gave Cologne the lead, but Hertha came back with two goals as Davie Selke netted twice in the second half.

Hamburg stumbled to a 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim as Serge Gnabry and Adam Szalai netted first-half goals in Sinsheim.

Hanover 96 snatched a point at Stuttgart as striker Niclas Fuellkrug equalised in the 91st minute after Erik Thommy gave the hosts the lead just after the break.

Later on Saturday, newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern host Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Allianz Arena looking to build on their 20-point lead.

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Bayern Munich, Leverkusen Pay Tribute To Barcelona Attack Victims

Bundesliga teams Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen paid their respects to the victims of the Barcelona attacks ahead of their match on Friday night.

At least thirteen people were killed on Thursday afternoon (August 17) when a van driven by a suspected Islamist militant mounted a pedestrian walkway running down Las Ramblas Avenue in central Barcelona, mowing down crowds strolling along the boulevard.

Both Bayern and Leverkusen players gathered around the centre circle at the Allianz Arena in Munich for a brief silence, which was followed by a round of applause.

German team manager Jogi Loew was also in attendance and showed his respects by applauding with the rest of the crowd.