The quick starters from Bayer Leverkusen were suddenly stopped despite a double by record hunter Patrik Schick on their triumphal march in the Bundesliga. Despite an early 2-0 lead, the Rhinelander lost 2: 5 (2: 2) at a relentlessly fighting Eintracht Frankfurt and missed their fourth win in a row. The Werkself can probably write off the championship with ten points behind Bayern Munich.
Even before the spectacle had ended, the Eintracht Frankfurt fans started chanting and cheered their team with standing ovations. With a furious 5: 2 (2: 2), the Hessen shot Bayer Leverkusen out of the stadium – despite an early 0: 2 deficit.
“Our mentality is incredibly big. That was the party we wanted to throw. To turn the game like that is sensational,” said Frankfurt’s Christopher Lenz DAZN. Djibril Sow, one of the five goalscorers, added: “We had a chance of seven goals against such strong opponents, it was a great game. I’m glad I can help the team with goals.”
The Swiss made the end point with a crashing shot from distance (76th), before that Tuta (23rd), Jesper Lindström (30th), Evan Ndicka (50th) and Kristijan Jakic (66th) were successful.
Leverkusen had a lightning start: Patrik Schick (5th, 22nd, hand penalty after video evidence) scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season – a Bayer professional never scored more often in the first half of the season. However, Bayer subsequently had little to oppose the Frankfurt assault and missed the fourth victory in a row.
Frankfurt handles Leverkusen: “We ate us up completely”
“After the 2-0 win it was a catastrophe for us, we didn’t feel like we won a duel. In the end they completely ate us up,” said Robert Andrich, goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, “didn’t have the feeling that we were there” and demanded : “Everyone has to ask himself if he wanted to win the duels.” While Leverkusen’s deficit on leaders Bayern Munich grew to ten points, Frankfurt can slowly squint towards the European Cup places.
During the week, Eintracht had to play with a full band to secure the group victory in the Europa League on Thursday in Istanbul (1: 1), Bayer coach Gerardo Seoane, on the other hand, rotated vigorously in the meaningless 0: 1 in Budapest.
But there was no sign of the lack of rhythm in front of 12,000 spectators, after a dream attack on Florian Wirtz and Andrich, Schick executed the turn. And then Leverkusen stayed on the trigger, but needed a penalty after a handball from Sow for the second goal. Schick took the 5,000th penalty in Bundesliga history casually in the middle.
Up until this point in time, Eintracht had been completely and offensively canceled – and just a minute later they had an answer ready out of nowhere. Tuta scored after a corner from the crowd with the first shot on goal. The Hessians woke up as a result and became much more grippy in the duels. The reward was Lindström’s equalization after Sow’s 40-meter dream pass.
And Eintracht remained dominant even after the change. Ndicka scored after a corner, Rafael Borre (52nd), Martin Hinteregger (53rd), Filip Kostic (55th) and the substitute Jens Petter Hauge (56th) left more high-profile players.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayer Leverkusen: The lineups