Bayer Leverkusen can outperform Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 (2-0) in the table and take sixth place.
The pros from Bayer Leverkusen stood in front of the curve and jumped to the beat of the chants. The 3:1 (2:0) against the Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt not only meant a valuable threesome, but also finally the jump to sixth place and a place in the European Cup. After a messed up start to the season, these ranks were a long way off.
“We played very, very well as a team,” said Bayer defender Jonathan Tah, who also had Eintracht scorer Randal Kolo Muani well under control, on Sky: “There was a lot talked about him, my head was wide awake and I’m in very good shape.”
Eintracht, on the other hand, looked visibly sober after beating Union Berlin 2-0 in the DFB Cup during the week. “We’re certainly disappointed. It was our turn again in the second half, we’ve never been the worse team in the last few games,” said goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. “We’re being punished by the mistakes we made.” The game in the BayArena was the continuation of the last Bundesliga games.
Amine Adli with a nice solo (10th) and top scorer Moussa Diaby with his ninth goal of the season (35th) made things clear even before the break – international Florian Wirtz scored both goals. Djibril Sow scored the interim goal (75′), Sardar Azmoun (90’+4) made the final score. Leverkusen are now unbeaten in six league games and it was their seventh win in a row in all competitions. Frankfurt, on the other hand, has been waiting for a win for six league games.
Wirtz as an asset in the Leverkusen game
The game started aggressively. A large number of fouls determined the initial phase, after just ten seconds Sow reached Wirtz properly.
Then Wirtz served Adli in the center circle. The nimble striker put the ball in front of the ball twice, let the two Eintracht defenders Evan Ndicka and Kristijan Jakic run into space and easily pushed past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
On the other hand, Philipp Max scored the first goal for the guests (13th). But Leverkusen, who last lost a home game against SGE in 2013, remained the more dangerous team and took advantage of every positional error in the Frankfurt defense. Moussa Diaby only had to push in after a template from Wirtz, but slipped away (25′).
As in the previous week, Wirtz showed himself to be an absolute asset in the 3-0 win over Schalke and could be found practically everywhere as a ball distributor. Diaby finally used a through ball from the 19-year-old to take the lead at the break.
Frankfurt could thank goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who prevented a higher deficit several times. In the SBU offensive, double-goal cup scorer Randal Kolo Muani and his congenial partner Mario Götze remained largely pale.
After the break, Eintracht took more control of the game. Leverkusen managed and lurked for counterattacks via their fast attacking players. Wirtz (53′) and Diaby (56′) failed to make the decision early on.
Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt: The voices of the game
Xabi Alonso (Bayer Leverkusen manager): “Keep calm, feet on the ground and keep going. There’s no other formula for us. We’re obviously happy to win against a top team like Eintracht. It’s an important step, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. “
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt coach): “From our point of view it’s bitter, of course, because we helped initiate all three goals we conceded. Leverkusen used their strength, the switching game, perfectly. We made too many mistakes on the defensive, we were too error-prone and not efficient enough up front.”
Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt: The data for the game