Leverkusen 2-0 Frankfurt | Two tunnels to Stairs

Bayer 04 Leverkusen are just one win away from qualifying for the Champions League. With the 2-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt, the Rhinelanders secured third place. The upcoming task was clearly visible to the guests from Hesse.

He goes in: Paulinho tunnels Kevin Trapp with a little luck to 1-0.
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For which team the game was significantly more important, it became clear when looking at the lineups. And should also apply on the lawn. While Leverkusen, who are in the middle of the Champions League race, only returned Hincapie (for Bakker) and Andrich (for the injured Demirbay) after a 4-1 victory in the relegation of Fürth, Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner rotated on a large scale: between at In the Europa League semi-finals against West Ham United, he made eight changes compared to the first match in London – only Trapp, Tuta and Kostic remained in the starting line-up.

Exact counterplay to the lead: Paulinho tunnels Stairs

In the SGE attack, Ache celebrated his start-eleven debut for Hessians after almost two years – but initially played, like the entire Eintracht offensive, hardly a role. Leverkusen controlled the game from the start, but did not get the passes in the last third. The first precisely played attack by the hosts who had taken over the field led directly to the lead: After Azmoun’s extended header and Schick’s unique hacking pass, Diaby had a lot of grass in front of him and served Paulinho in an exemplary manner with his outside wrist on second post, the Brazilian missed Trapp with a little luck in the tunnel (18th).

The goal did not change much in the game’s statics. Leverkusen remained more attentive in the duels, but made too little out of the changing situations that arose again and again: Schick was offside when he scored (34 ‘), Andrich made a free-kick (40’). For more than half an hour, Frankfurt’s offensive play consisted almost exclusively of simple ball losses, Eintracht only gradually came into play in the final phase of the first half and had a presentable chance to equalize through Hauge just before the break whistle (42nd).

Schick’s goals count after VAR intervention

The Norwegian then stayed in the locker room at the break – along with Tuta and Kostic, the only two fielders who had started in London. Into the match came, among others, Lammers, who had his bet in the next Leverkusen goal: The Joker lost the ball against Kossounou in front of his own penalty area, and Diaby put it through to Schick, who missed Trapp’s second shot on the legs. day (51 ‘). The refereeing team initially decided it was offside, which Hasebe clearly disregarded – Bayer 04 led 2-0 after VAR intervention.

goals and maps

1: 0Paulinho (18 ‘, left foot, Diaby)

2-0Chic (51 ‘, right foot, Diaby)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Leverkusen

Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt

referee team

Benjamin Cortus

Benjamin Cortus
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As a result, Werkself withdrew, becoming a bit passive at times and repeatedly giving Frankfurt half a chance. But the visitors ‘penetrating power was not enough, most recently in the final phase Leverkusen were much closer to scoring the match’s third goal: Schick alone (79’, 80 ‘, 83’) could have made the decision early, and Azmoun (71st), Tah (75th). ) and substitute Alario (90. + 2) had good chances to make it 3-0.

Leverkusen just need one more victory

Frankfurt no longer fought against the defeat in the final phase, the focus was already clear on Thursday, when the semi-final second match in the Europa League against West Ham United (21.00) is on the doorstep. In the Bundesliga, the Hessians continue on Sunday (15.30) with an insignificant home match against Mönchengladbach, while Leverkusen already play in TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday (15.30). Since Leipzig lost the parallel match against Mönchengladbach, Leverkusen would certainly have qualified for the Champions League with a victory in Kraichgau.

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