Freiburg (AP) – The second double package from top striker Lucas Alario within a week also impressed Peter Bosz. “That is of course impressive”, said the Bayer Leverkusen coach after the 4-2 (2-1) win at SC Freiburg.
“At the moment he is in a good mood and important to the team.” The Argentinian turned the turbulent game in Breisgau around with his two goals after a weak start and an early goal for Leverkusen. Bayer secured fourth place thanks to their third consecutive league win and kept pace with the Bundesliga’s top flight.
Just like in the 3-1 win over Augsburg on Monday, Alario was the match winner with his second brace (29th / 42nd minute) within a week. “Of course Lucas’s goals have helped us,” said Bosz of the 28-year-old, who scored five times after six match days and scored three times in a row for the first time.
“Normally you can’t run a match like that anymore”, added Bosz, referring to the early deficit caused by Lucas Höler from Freiburg (3rd). “We got into the game badly, that shouldn’t happen to us”, captain Lars Bender complained. But then Alario struck twice before national players Nadiem Amiri (64th) and Jonathan Tah (76th) scored the other guest goals after half time.
Freiburg, on the other hand, has to look down into the table after the fifth winless game in a row. “We have to get into the points. It would be nice if you drive away a little and don’t get into the strudel,” warned top joker substitute Nils Petersen, who scored 2: 3 (72nd). And coach Christian Streich also warned, “We need to prepare for it going to be a tough, tough fight this year.”
Especially the numerous errors in the defense brought Christian Streich’s team to a better result after the early lead. “It’s disappointing when you see the course of the game,” said Petersen, adding, referring to our own mistakes, “In the end, we have to touch our own noses.” Defender Nicolas Höfler had a very bad day at the sports club, the 30-year-old looked bad in three of the four goals against.
Bayer got off to a weak start in rainy Freiburg, and the Werkself were already behind after three minutes. Freiburg’s right-back Kübler served striker Höler, who scored his first goal of the season with the outside of the foot. But those weren’t the only scenes that upset Bayer coach Bosz. In the middle of the first half, Sven Bender saw red after Höler fell just in front of the penalty area. To the relief of the Leverkusen, referee Benjamin Cortus resigned after video evidence.
In the offensive, Bayer did not think nearly enough, but could rely on the form-strong Alario. The striker sometimes acted inconspicuously, but efficiently: he did not miss the opportunity at first after a much too inaccurate pass back from Nicolas Höfler. Then Alario followed after an attack via Lars Bender and Florian Wirtz and turned the game around before halftime.
After the break, things moved on. And who then thought that Amiri had already made the decision with his remarkable goal, was mistaken. After Petersen cut short again with his 25th competitive joker goal in the jersey of the sports club, Tah finally secured victory after a corner.