• Jamie Lashley

Leverkusen take the spoils in breathless encounter

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

In the Bundesliga game of the season so far, Bayer Leverkusen grabbed all three points from Borussia Dortmund’s grasp. The lead changed hands frequently at BayArena, with Dortmund poised to join pacesetters Bayern Munich on 42 points with only 9 minutes remaining. But two goals in two minutes gave Leverkusen a 4-3 lead which they were able to hold onto.


Clinical striker Kevin Volland opened the scoring for BL04, with a Hummels header levelling the tie two minutes later. Emre Can was making his BVB debut after his January move from Juventus but was looking leggy and short of match fitness. However, he showed his quality with an incredible curling effort from 25 yards out, finding the top corner after 33 minutes. Volland got his second of the game just before half time, with the score 2-2 at the break.


A beautiful Dortmund team move was finished off by wingback Raphaël Guerreiro on 64 minutes, and the scintillating Jadon Sancho thought he joined him on the scoresheet, but VAR intervened to rightfully rule out the goal after a foul by teenager Gio Reyna. Leon Bailey’s introduction inspired the Leverkusen comeback, as he equalised 10 minutes after his substitution. One minute later, Lars Bender nodded in the decisive winner from a corner.


Man of the Match: Kevin Volland. Two goals and great all-round play.


Elsewhere


Two goals from Marius Bülter helped Union Berlin to an away victory at Werder Bremen, as they continue their impressive season after promotion. 9th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt gave a warning to the sides above them with a thumping 5-0 win over Ausburg, leapfrogging them in the table in the process. Schalke could only draw with basement club Paderborn, Hertha BSC lost at the Olympiastadion to Mainz and Freiburg were victorious over Hoffenheim in a tight matchup.


Sunday preview


Bayern Munich welcome the Timo Werner-inspired RB Leipzig down to Bavaria in a mouth-watering top of the table clash. Bayern come into the game in red-hot form, whilst Leipzig have stuttered slightly in recent weeks, and will look to reclaim top spot with a successful trip to the Allianz Arena.

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