Bayer Leverkusen settled in the highest league of the Bundesliga. Thanks to a strong performance by striker Alario, the Rhinelander won in Freiburg. It didn’t look like that in the first half.
Match winner Lucas Alario was allowed to take a shower a few minutes before the final whistle, the Argentinian had already made his key contribution to the victory in Leverkusen with impressive efficiency. As the 28-year-old was once again Werkself’s life insurance policy: two errors from Freiburg’s hosts were enough for Alario to score his brace (29th, 42nd) – in the end Bayer won 4-2 (2-1) and found himself suddenly in the middle of Top group in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen’s icy top striker has now scored five of Bayer’s ten goals in the Bundesliga, as well as once in both the Cup and the Europa League. With three wins and three draws, the Rhinelander is unbeaten for the first time in eleven years after six match days. In addition, the recovery from the bankruptcy of the Europa League at Slavia Prague on Thursday succeeded – mainly thanks to Alario. Nadiem Amiri (64th) and Jonathan Tah (76th) made the decision.
Freiburg’s weak streak against Bayer
“He hits the cabin. We know he has a nose for target and is an absolute boxer. Doing these things makes me personally happy because it hasn’t always been easy for him over the years. We know how important he is. is. ” he’s for us, ”said Lars Bender from Leverkusen of Alario, speaking of a“ deserved victory ”.
Lucas Höler’s early opening goal (3rd) and Nils Petersen’s (72nd) back-up goal weren’t enough for Freiburg to end Leverkusen’s curse. The SC has been waiting for a victory over the Werkself for seven games.
Initial Leverkusen lethargy
SC coach Christian Streich had demanded before his team’s first game in the haunted house this season to “take on Leverkusen”. Initially, however, this only worked. Leverkusen first had to shake up the 0: 1 bankruptcy at Slavia Prague with 70 minutes in the minority. Peter Bosz’s six staff changes have not changed that much.
With the first attack, Höler punished the initial Leverkusen lethargy after a great pass from Lukas Kübler. The favorite from Leverkusen had significantly more ball possession, but the low-lying hosts bought the Werkself with a healthy duel.
Tah’s strong header
After a red card against Sven Bender was withdrawn due to an alleged emergency brake following video evidence, Bayer took advantage of a disaster return pass from Nicolas Höfler out of nowhere. Alario injected cleverly in between and finished in the far corner.
But that wasn’t exactly a wake-up call. The Bosz-Elf continued to play pomadig, but they remained freezing and also took advantage of Höfler’s second error. Alario put a perfect cross from Lars Bender into the short corner.
After the substitution, Freiburg was already in the penalty area of Leverkusen under the sign of the rest. But Bayer now combined much more concentrated, succeeded very skillfully and even put off offensive pinpricks with a quick substitution. Amiri completed the dream with a quick move of 20 meters before Petersen made it exciting again. Tah per capita then repaired the gap between two goals.