In the Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen is still on the spot. Against promoted Werder Bremen it was only enough for a 1: 1 (0: 0).
At Bayer Leverkusen there was great helplessness after the final whistle, on the other hand, the pros from promoted Werder Bremen were enthusiastically celebrated by the around 4,000 fans who had traveled with them. The factory club missed the liberation blow in the Bundesliga with a 1-1 (0-0) win over the Hanseatic League after beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. Coach Gerardo Seoane is facing a restless international break.
“The failure to convert chances was the decisive factor. It’s been a burden on us all season,” said Bayer’s midfield ace Kerem Demirbay, whose wonderful goal to make it 1-0 (57th) wasn’t enough for three points. The crossbar hit by Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun (88th) is symptomatic.
But Bayer also had big problems against the North Germans. Demirbay: “Bremen does it really well with their long balls and they ruin our game. We just have to do better.” After seven league games, the highly talented team only has a meager four points on their account.
Milos Veljkovic (82′) equalized late for Werder, with Bayer keeper Lukas Hradecky not making a good impression. As a result, Bremen remains undefeated in their fourth away game this season.
Bayer coach Seoane wanted to take the positive energy with him after the sense of achievement in the premier class. He started Jeremie Frimpong, who had set up both goals when he was substituted on Tuesday, from the start. Adam Hlozek took a seat on the bench for this.
Before kick-off, ex-national player Lars Bender was presented with the honorary captain’s pennant by Bayer Sport Managing Director Simon Rolfes and club boss Fernando Carro, and the north curve thanked him with a “Thank you, Lars” choreography.
Andrich fails on the crossbar
The game in front of 30,210 spectators in the BayArena, which was sold out for the first time this season, picked up speed. After 28 seconds, the Bayer captain and Hradecky were challenged against Marvin Ducksch’s first shot. Only a minute later, Patrik Schick chased his first chance from a good position into the side netting.
Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka saved the Czech international’s second shot (8′). On the other side, Ilia Gruev tested Hradecky again (9th).
As a result, Leverkusen had a little more share of the game because Werder let the hosts come close and deep and waited for a counterattack.
However, an overhead kick by Piero Hincapie and a shot by Edmond Tapsoba in the middle of the first half were not dangerous. But a powerful header from veteran Robert Andrich after a corner hit the crossbar (35th).
Chances for both sides – dream goal by Demirbay
As so often in the past, Leverkusen struggled with the exploitation of chances. After a shot by Moussa Diaby, which Pavlenka deflected forward, Frimpong missed free-standing.
After the break, Leverkusen was able to say thank you to Frimpong, who tipped the ball off the kicker’s foot at the last second. Demirbay did better with a beautiful flick after a great pass from Odilon Kossounou.
Werder didn’t give up, had good chances and managed to equalize. SV Werder is a force away from home.
Bayer Leverkusen – Werder Bremen: The data for the game
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie (84th Bakker) – Andrich, Demirbay (61st Aranguiz) – Frimpong (69th Hlozek), Hudson-Odoi (84th Azmoun), Diaby – Schick. – Trainer: Seoane
Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl – Groß (70th Burke) – Weiser, Jung (70th Buchanan) – Schmid, Gruev (79th Rapp) – Füllkrug, Ducksch (90th + 4 strong). – Coach: Werner
Gates: 1-0 Demirbay (57′), 1-1 Veljkovic (82′)
Yellow cards: Demirbay, Tah (3) – Schmid, Pieper (5), Weiser (3)