Bayer Leverkusen gave coach Gerardo Seoane a tailor-made home debut thanks to a lightning start. The Werkself defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach well deserved 4-0 (2-0) on Saturday evening and gave their new Swiss coach their first Bundesliga win. The completely disappointing Gladbacher coach Adi Hütter, who did not even begin to build on the strong 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, stayed at one point and had to deal with three injury-related substitutions.
Stefan Lainer was hit particularly badly on the Gladbach side. Coach Adi Hütter said after the game that it looked like a broken ankle. Lainer had been kicked badly by the strong Mitchel Bakker and ready for the penalty kick, the subsequent penalty, which would have meant the 1: 2, was forgiven by Lars Stindl and the Gladbach disaster took its course.
In front of the new national coach Hansi Flick, Bayer took the lead with an own goal by Gladbach’s surprisingly insecure goalkeeper Yann Sommer (3rd). Czech EM star Patrik Schick (8th) increased. Shortly before half-time, captain Hradecky held the penalty kick after video evidence against Gladbach’s Stindl (43.). Moussa Diaby (55th) made the preliminary decision, Nadiem Amiri (87th) scored the goal for the final score, and Sommer helped again.
When the two former Young Boys Bern coaches met again, Seoane relied on Brazilian Olympic champion Paulinho in the starting line-up, who justified his commitment with a striking performance on the left wing. Newcomer Robert Andrich made his debut in the 68th minute, the other newcomer Piero Hincapie was not yet in the squad. Hütter was missing Breel Embolo (muscle tendon injury) and Manu Kone (knee injury).
Bayer Leverkusen only needs 131 seconds
It only took 131 seconds for the majority of the 15,105 spectators in the BayArena to be ecstatic. A close-range shot from Leverkusen’s new signing Mitchel Bakker hit the post and then hit the goal unhappily from Sommer’s leg.
Leverkusen mercilessly exploited the foals’ state of shock. Only five minutes later, Schick placed a shot in the far corner, Sommer still had his fingertips on. As a result, Leverkusen was more snappy and alert than the weak guests.
Mönchengladbach pays dearly for debacles
Gladbach only appeared dangerously out of nowhere in front of Hradecky’s goal, national player Jonas Hofmann narrowly missed (15th). To make matters worse, from Gladbach’s point of view, Hütter had to replace striker Marcus Thuram due to an injury in the 20th minute, after which it came to the bad scene around Lainer and Bakker.
In the second half Matthias Ginter had to be replaced due to an injury, and Ramy Bensebaini was injured in the last action of the game. Previously, Alassane Plea was also substituted off with a knee injury. “There are days when we would have been better off staying at home,” Max Eberl practiced in gallows humor.
After changing sides, Gladbach became a little bolder. Florian Neuhaus missed two chances (50th) on the connection goal within seconds. Diaby did better, with a little help from Borussia substitute Rami Bensebaini, who decided the game for the convincing Leverkusen team. Schick failed at the post.
Bayer Leverkusen – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The lineups