Thanks to the Schick-Show in Sinsheim: Bayer plays in the Champions League in 2022/23

Thanks to a marked improvement in performance in the second half, Bayer Leverkusen turned the match around at TSG Hoffenheim and thus secured their qualification for the Champions League 2022/23.

Was a Bayer match winner with two goals and an assist: Patrick Schick.
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Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß decided to make two changes after 3: 4 against SC Freiburg: Posch (after expulsion) and Rutter played instead of Akpoguma and Bebou (both on the bench).

After beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0, Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane saw no reason to change his starting line-up. After his injury on match day 26, Frimpong was back in the squad for the first time.

Routes use Hincapies bummer

Hoffenheim was the more active team in the early stages and also scored the first goal through Rutter (4th). Gradually, Bayer came into play a little better. Paulinho forced Baumann to intervene from a narrow angle. A break developed where both teams quickly tried to build a bridge between the midfield. However, there were few good chances to score.

That there were still three goals before the break was due to the almost perfect use of chances from both sides: Rutter started, which made it 1-0 in the middle after Hincapie lost the ball badly to Baumgartner (22nd).

Leverkusen fought in the offensive, but managed to equalize almost out of nowhere. Diaby put a cross to Schick, who executed the goal directly and powerfully (34 ‘). But just a short time later, it was Hoffenheim’s turn again. After a post from Kaderabek, Hradecky misjudged a bit, so Baumgartner made it 2-1 at the break from close range to the somewhat wiser TSG (36 ‘).

Bayer turns the game around

After the break, Seoane Hincapie replaced Bakker, who made a mistake in the first Hoffenheim goal. And Bayer now developed more trains than in long stretches of the first half, so the game now gained momentum.

There could no longer be a lack of scenes in the penalty area. Schick and Andrich Baumann forced saves for Werkself (51 ‘, 61’), Diaby missed narrowly from a narrow angle (65 ‘). At the other end, Hradecky made a brilliant save after a header from Dabbur (54 ‘), Kramaric was just blocked with an overhead kick (63’).

But the goals still had to come: In the 73rd minute, Diaby, staged by Schick, refined a remarkable Bayer attack to 2: 2, a little later the Czech made a nice individual performance, after which he let Baumann. get out Perfect turn in the game (76 ‘). After Joker Bruun Larsen hit the post and Kramaric, who missed the empty goal in the follow-up shot (79 ‘), had missed a great double chance to 3-3, Alario finally managed to make it 4-2 in addition. time in favor of Werkself (90 + 1).

goals and maps

1: 0routes (22 ‘, right foot, Baumgartner)

1: 1Chic (34 ‘, left foot, Diaby)

2: 1Baumgartner (36 ‘, Hovedstød, Kaderabek)

2: 2Diaby (73 ‘, left foot, Schick)

2: 3Chic (76 ‘, right foot, C. Aranguiz)

2: 4Alario (90 ‘, right foot, Palacios)

TSG Hoffenheim


Bayer 04 Leverkusen


referee team

Frank Willenborg

Frank Willenborg

game info

Hoffenheim will face Borussia Mönchengladbach on the very last day of the match, which for all 18 Bundesliga clubs will take place next Saturday (15.30). Leverkusen also have Freiburg as guests, who after the 4-1 defeat to Union can no longer overtake Bayer.

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