Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 to moved past the host in the Bundesliga table.
Mönchengladbach have put 13000 cutouts of supporters in the stand of Borussia park in their first home match after football started in Germany amid Coronavirus crisis. Even some Leverkusen fan used this opportunity to place their cardboard self in the stand for €19.
Kai Havertz, the golden boy of German football, showed why he is one of the most sought after young talent in European Football. The move started when Bellarabi received the ball at right flank from a clearance, run through for 20 metres and put a forward pass to 20-year-old centre forward, who calmly placed the ball at the back of the net at 7th minute of the match.
Gladbach levelled just after 52′ through Marcus Thuram, son of France legend Lilian Thuram, through a superb volley, when he received a measured ball from Pléa at the top of the penalty area. It was short-lived though, as Kai Havertz converted a spot-kick at 58′ when debutant Karim Bellarabi was tripped in the box by Elvedi.
It took some time for referee after VAR intervention, though the late challenge looked like was made after Bellarabi hit the ball.
Sven Bender sealed the win for Bayer Leverkusen when he shouldered the ball into the goal from a Kerem Demirbay corner at 82′.
In addition to the involvement of 12 Bundesliga goals now, Havertz has equalled Klaus Fischer’s record of scoring 34 Bundesliga goals before his 21st birthday.
Bayer Leverkusen – Starting Eleven
1-Hrádecky, 12-Tapsoba, 5-Bender, 6-Dragovic (Baumgartlinger 81′), 23Weiser, 20Aránguiz, 10Demirbay, 22Sinkgraven, 38Bellarabi(Bailey 66′), 29Havertz, 19-Diaby Booked 62′
Bayer Leverkusen – Substitutes
7Sampaio Filho, 9Bailey, 11Amiri, 13Alario, 15Baumgartlinger, 18Wendell, 27Wirtz, 28Özcan, 36Lomb
Borussia M’Gladbach – Starting Eleven
1Sommer, 18Lainer, 28Ginter, 30Elvedi, 25Bensebaini Booked 71′, 5Strobl(Bénes 76′), 32Neuhaus, 23Hofmann, 36Embolo(Stindl 12′), 10Thuram (Wendt 78′), 14Pléa
Borussia M’Gladbach – Substitutes
6Kramer, 7Herrmann, 11Raffael, 13Stindl, 16Traoré, 17Wendt, 21Sippel, 22Bénes, 24Jantschke