Leverkusen (dpa) – After two remarkable successes against RB Leipzig and Schachtjor Donezk, Borussia Mönchengladbach caught up with the old rival in Leverkusen.
The bottom line was that the 4: 3 (2: 2) success of the Bayer team was well deserved – the road there was spectacular, entertaining and totally worth seeing. “It was a game for football fans, there was a lot in it,” said Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz, whose team, like VfL Wolfsburg, is unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season.
MR. DOUBLE PACK: In a spectacular first half, it was Lucas Alario who put Bayer Leverkusen back in the game twice after falling behind. The Argentinian, who is actually second choice for coach Peter Bosz, has scored seven goals in the past four Bundesliga matches, including a brace three times in a row. No Bundesliga player from Leverkusen has achieved this before. Once with his head (41st minute), once with a soulful film (27th) – the 28-year-old is often in the right place at the right time. “Those were two great goals from him,” said Bayer goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky.
PENALTY SPECIALISTS: The Gladbachers, who had some very tough matches in their legs, scored again with a penalty. Captain Lars Stindl’s 1-0 win, who scored 2-1 twelve minutes later, was already the fourth penalty in the seventh Bundesliga game, plus there was one in the Champions League. All five were transformed. Two from Jonas Hofmann and Stindl each and one from Ramy Bensebaini in the Champions League. This time it was not enough to win a point.
CONCLUSION: Despite travel tensions with the return from Israel on Friday, the people of Leverkusen showed great morale. “We knew we had to put pressure on from the start if we wanted to have a chance,” Bosz said after an “incredible” first half. With 20 percent more possession and a much higher success rate, Bayer was on the road to success. A small stroke of genius from Leon Bailey, who sent the ball through Gladbach’s goalkeeper to make it 3: 2, and Julian Baumgartliner’s hit to make it 4: 2, were enough to win. It was the first goal of the season for both Bayer pros.
PURPOSE OF THE DAY: A little Ibrahimovic, a little Fritz Walter, but ultimately worthless. Gladbach’s new hire Valentino Lazaro scored in injury time with a particularly spectacular goal to make it 3: 4. With his left heel, sideways in the air with his back to the goal, the 24-year-old hit the ball perfectly after a pass from Patrick Herrmann. The joy was suppressed: “I don’t feel euphoria about my goal so soon after the game. I saw the ball coming in my back, but I didn’t think I would hit the ball like that and that it would go into the goal like that” the goalscorer.