Bayer Leverkusen suffered a single competitive defeat in the current season. It was the first leg against Slavia Prague. In the final group match, Bayer wanted revenge – and clearly succeeded.
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Bayer Leverkusen has gone to the next round of the Europa League as group winner and has set a new goal record. The Werkself defeated Slavia Prague 4-0 (2-0) on Thursday evening. Leon Bailey (8th and 32nd), Moussa Diaby (59th) and Karim Bellarabi (90 + 1) scored the goals for Leverkusen.
With the win, Leverkusen also set a new record. No other German team has scored more goals in the group stage. Werder Bremen (2009/10) and Eintracht Frankfurt (2018/19) held the previous German record in the first round by the Bundesliga clubs with 17 goals each. Leverkusen scored a total of 21 goals. The international record is 22.
That’s how the game went
The Werkself got off to a good start in the freezing cold. Nadiem Amiri set the first attacking accents with a volley and a free kick (5th / 7th). After a nice through pass from Daley Sinkgraven, who was allowed to play in his learned position in midfield for one time, Karim Bellarabi found the detached Bailey with a cross pass, who only had to press.
Leverkusen immediately wanted to go to the top. But after another great long ball from Sinkgraven, Bailey failed from the best position against Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar (16). Leverkusen’s substitute Lomb should have only fended off a long shot from the weak guys.
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Ten minutes later, Sinkgraven, who made a strong game, cheered the supposed 2-0. But just like last week at 3-2 in Nice, the Rhinelanders were wrongly denied the goal due to offside. So a few minutes later it was Bailey, who wiped the post after Patrik Schick’s header and extended the well-deserved lead before half time.
Even after the break, Leverkusen had no problem with the leaders of the Czech league, who disappointed all along the line. Substitute Diaby raised after another brilliant preparatory work by Sinkgraven, after which he hit the bar again (89th), before Bellarabi put down the last point.