Bayer Leverkusen celebrated a big victory on the first day of play. The next one should follow on the second day. With a wide box it went to Prague. But the evening in the Czech Republic turned out differently than the Bosz-Elf had imagined.
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Bayer Leverkusen suffered a nasty defeat on the second day in the Europa League. At Slavia Prague, the team lost 1-0 to coach Peter Bosz. Peter Olayinka scored the decisive goal in the 80th minute. With Nice losing to Be’er Sheva in the parallel game, all four teams in Group C now have three points in the books.
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Leverkusen controlled the game in the beginning and already had 75 percent possession after ten minutes. However, the Werkself could not create many opportunities. The low-lying Czechs of Slavia Prague defended themselves compactly and knew everything.
The game took a turn for the worse in the 22nd minute. Karim Bellarabi grabbed his opponent Provod after losing the ball, but didn’t really hit the Czech. Besides, it had slipped a bit. It could not be assumed that the ex-national player had any intention. Nevertheless, referee William Collum drew the red card. A decision that Leverkusen disagreed with.
Hradecky saves a penalty
As a result, Prague had more attacking urge and suddenly sought the attack itself. However, there was no goal in the first 45 minutes. Even after the break, the Czechs remained offensive and pushed Bayer into their own half. Leverkusen’s counterattacks had no effect.
In the 64th minute referee Collum pointed to the penalty spot. Bayer goalkeeper Hradecky had made a mistake from attacker Olayinka in the penalty area. But the Finn corrected his own mistake and saved the penalty (65th).
Next week against Be’er Sheva
In the final phase, however, the ball squirmed into the net. In the 80th minute it was Olayinka again who came forward. After a corner, he threw the ball into the box from seven meters.
As a result, Leverkusen got hold of it, got a big chance via Amiri (89th), but remained unused. Next week, the Bosz-Elf will meet Hapoel Be’er Sheva. The Bundesliga is against Freiburg for that.