Wow what a great display of football by the Werkself yesterday in Frankfurt. Especially the first half was superb, Heynckes said after the match that it was the best first half in the season. I fully agree!
It was a surprise to see Kiessling and Ballack on the bench. While Kiessling played some minutes at the end, Ballack only warmed-up and left the Commerzbank-Arena with no comment. Heynckes defended this decision saying that he had proceeded in the same way with Kiessling and Castro when they returned from their injuries: inserting them slowly back into the team. Today Bayer04 in a press report informs that Ballack did not take part in training to undergo an examination of his knee. No more details are known. What’s going on?
Update: Only a minor irritation on his previously injured knee>> Link
Rolfes scored early for Leverkusen (9 min.) in a loose ball inside the area. Frankfurt best chance in the first half was an attempt on goal by Caio (26 min.) which Adler saved with ease. In comparison to the game in Nuremberg, Bayer 04 pressured very effectively the Eintracht high up-field. In one occasion this produced a deadly turnover which lead to our second goal, netted by Renato Augusto from outside of the area. Castro and Hyypiä could have easily made it 0:4 before half-time.
After the break, Michael Skibbe introduced two changes that gave the only striker Gekas some further support. Leverkusen had problems in the first 15 minutes to contain the attacks of the Eintracht. Altintop and Gekas were close to scoring and could have brought their team back into the game. The Werkself improved with Balitsch and Bender on the field. Our great back-up Hanno Balitsch crowned Leverkusen’s performance with an outstanding goal in the final minutes (84 min.). Bayer 04 maintains with this victory the second position in the table, in front of Bayern Munich who are improving with Robbery at it’s best!
46 min. Halil Altintop for Caio
46 min. Fenin for Tzavellas
89 min. M. Heller for S. Jung
67 min. Balitsch for Sam
80 min. L. Bender for Castro
83 min. Kießling for Derdiyok
Yellow Cards: Ochs,Tzavellas,Franz (all Frankfurt); Derdiyok(Leverkusen)
0:1 Rolfes (9 min.)
0:2 Renato Augusto (32 min.)
0:3 Balitsch (84 min.)
Statistics Frankfurt vs Leverkusen
Posession: 51 % vs 49 %
Shots: 12 vs 12
Fouls: 28 vs 16
Corners: 1 vs 6
Offsides: 2 vs 3
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Negative side note of the Weekend: Frankfurt Hooligans assaulted a get together between Leverkusen and Offenbach Fans (we have a friendship with them) at a Restaurant before the match. A Bayer 04 and a Offenbach Fan with a Leverkusen shirt were badly injured and had to hospitalized.