Matchday 7

Leverkusen (dpa) – When the big spectacle was over, Peter Bosz even found words of praise for his reserve striker. “He didn’t play much for me last season. But he did an excellent job today.”

“It was of a high standard,” said Bayer Leverkusen’s coach after the stylish and remarkable 4: 3 (2: 2) win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was Lucas Alario, who is often only traded as second choice at Bosz, who is now on his way to becoming the new record scorer under the Bayer cross.

His two equalizing goals after 0: 1 and 1: 2 deficit kept Bayer in the game and are a record: Alario has scored seven goals in the last four games, including a brace three times in a row. No Bayer professional has succeeded before. “Those were two great goals from him,” said Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who himself played an important role in the chic neighborhood game with two or three great reactions.

The matches between Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach have always had great entertainment value with an attacking spectacle and many goals. There were also games with more than seven goals: Bayer won 8: 2, Gladbach 6: 3, but on Sunday it was tight and exciting with changing leaders. In the shadow of the big match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich, the little West Derby did not have to hide. In this condition, as in previous years, both teams will compete with all their strength for the Champions League places this season.

This time, Bayer was ahead of the game despite two times behind Lars Stindl (18th minute / penalty kick / 30th) thanks to Alario and the two goals from Leon Bailey to 3-2 (68th) and Julian Baumgartlinger to 4-2 (82nd). ) and a courageous team effort. Even coach Bosz was impressed. “I am proud of my team”, said the Dutchman, who often criticized his team. “It is great to enter the international break with such a result.”

For Gladbach, a small series of successes ended with big appearances in the Champions League and a total of eight games in a row without a defeat. “We had our chances, we didn’t take advantage of them. And we gave up the lead slightly,” said Borussia’s coach Marco Rose. In addition, the otherwise extremely reliable goalkeeper Yann Sommer showed weaknesses with at least two goals. “It was not a good night for a goalkeeper,” said the Swiss.

At the end, when the match was decided, there was something else for gourmets: the acrobatic heel hit by Gladbach’s newcomer Valentino Lazaro, who hit the target with his back in the air, belongs to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s category of ingenious tricks or Fritz Walter who scored equally spectacular hits during their career. But the 24-year-old couldn’t really enjoy this extraordinary event. “With a small gap to the result, I can certainly be happier than at the moment,” said Lazaro.

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