Bayer Leverkusen impressively won the Rhine derby against 1. FC Köln. With a clear 4-0 victory, the Werkself solidified their lead in the Bundesliga.
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Derby won, defended the championship lead. In the style of a real top team, Bayer Leverkusen consolidated first place in the Bundesliga on Wednesday evening. De Werkself won 4-0 after a strong performance in the Rhine derby against 1. FC Köln.
After ten minutes, the one-sided match was basically decided. Mitchell Weiser had put the guests ahead with a remarkable volley from about 15 meters (8th). Moussa Diaby added a movie two minutes later (10th).
Cologne, which recently remained unbeaten three times, did not recover from that. You were overwhelmed by the power of the Werkself.
Less than ten minutes after the break, it was Patrik Schick who turned a nice move over the left side over Amiri and the strong Diaby to 3-0 from the point of view of the guest (54th).
After a nice Bailey template, former Cologne Florian Wirtz added the fourth goal (59th).
Schick could have even increased it, but hit the left post from a tight corner after 72 minutes after knocking down goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Bayer ready for Bavaria
That means that coach Peter Bosz’s side remains unbeaten in the twelfth league game and is well prepared for Saturday night’s top game against second-place Bayern Munich, who beat Wolfsburg, who had been unbeaten until now, 2-1.
This is how the other Wednesday games in the Bundesliga went:
Hoffenheim – Leipzig 0-1
RB Leipzig underscores its championship ambitions with an unadorned track victory. The Saxons won 1-0 at TSG Hoffenheim and are unbeaten in six league games.
Yussuf Poulsen (60th) scored the decisive goal for RB at the old workplace of trainer Julian Nagelsmann. Unlike the Leipzigers, the Hoffenheimers are still lagging behind their own expectations.
The ghost game in Sinsheim started with a lot of intensity. Especially the Leipzigers, who missed Lukas Klostermann, Christopher Nkunku, Konrad Laimer and Benjamin Henrichs, among others, increased the pace considerably.
At the start of the second half, the guests, who meet FC Köln on Saturday, got to work more energetically. However, scoring opportunities remained scarce. Poulsen did not miss the first real opportunity after preparatory work by Angelino and captain Marcel Sabitzer.
After falling behind, TSG coach Sebastian Hoeneß replaced the two attacking players Mijat Gacinovic and Ishak Belfodil. That courage almost paid off, but RB goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi thwarted Christoph Baumgartner’s (72nd) chance.
Bielefeld 0-1 Augsburg
FC Augsburg has ended its short dry spell and Arminia Bielefeld’s concerns have increased again. After five games without a win, Heiko Herrlich’s team celebrated a 1-0 victory against the newly promoted team and are in the middle of the field with 16 points. Captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (85th) scored the goal of the day on the Alm. However, the Arminia was awarded the ninth loss of the last ten games and remains in the relegation place.
Bielefeld intervened in this combat-oriented game. The agile Japanese Ritsu Doan caused danger time and time again with his dribbles. However, there was no more than a start on either side until the change of sides.
After the break, Augsburg initially did more for the three points. After an hour, Herrlich eliminated Richter and the no less convincing right-back Raphael Framberger, and Alfred Finnbogason should deliver the decisive blow to the attack center. Bielefeld had the first big chance of the second half: After strong preparatory work by striker Fabian Klos, Marcel Hartel did not hit the goal from a few meters in the 67th minute. In contrast to FCA captain Gouweleeuw, who shortly before time became the man of the evening.
On the weekend before New Year’s Eve, Bielefeld awaits a leading game against the bottom of the table, Schalke 04, who lost 2-0 to SC Freiburg at home earlier in the evening. The FCA takes on Eintracht Frankfurt.