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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 34, SC Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 0:1

A good first half with a lot of intensity by the Werkself was sufficient to grab 3 points and finish runner-up in the Bundesliga.  This time the club had a reason to celebrate (not like in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002 in which Leverkusen dropped from the top-position) after an overall strong season which meant the return to the Champions League after 6 years.

Balitsch scored the winner with a deflection by Makiadi seconds before half-time.  Derdiyok could have decided it earlier, with a few goal opportunities in the initial half an hour.

After the break Bayer 04 decided to secure the result, only a chance by Rosenthal that hit the cross-bar could have given the last 25 minutes some breathless suspense.

Line-up: Freiburg (bottom) vs Leverkusen (top)

Substitutions Freiburg
54 min. Reisinger for Caligiuri
71 min. Jäger for Putsila
90 min. Yano for Schuster

Substitutions Leverkusen
73 min. Castro for Renato Augusto
88 min. Barnetta for Sam
90. + 1 min. Kießling for Derdiyok

Yellow Cards: Renato Augusto (Leverkusen)

Goals:
0:1 Balitsch (45 min.)

Statistics Freiburg vs Leverkusen
Posession: 50 % vs 50 %
Shots: 8 vs 13
Fouls: 8 vs 21
Corners: 1 vs 9
Offsides: 3 vs 2

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Postgame Celebrations

Around 3.000 Leverkusen Fans in Freiburg

DANKE SAMI HYYPIÄ!

Rudi Völler took Jupp Heynckes by the arm to bring him back to the Fans for a proper celebration of his two years at Bayer 04

Assistant coach Peter Hermann is also leaving to Bayern Munich

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 33, Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg SV 1:1

Bayer 04 showed nerves and will have to gain at least a point in the last match in Freiburg to keep the second position in case Bayern wins against Stuttgart.

Westermann scored early for Hamburg (2 min.) after René Adler failed to clear a free-kick properly. It was not his only bad intervention in this game and in previous ones, seems like the contract extension talks are making him lose focus.

It took quite a while till the Werkself recovered from this early shock and Bayern’s goal festival which was announced on the scoreboard in the BayArena. Kiessling could have evened the match in the 21st minute but his goal was ruled offside, a centimeter decision!

10 minutes later, Sami Hyypiä had to be substituted due to knee problems (33 min.). A wide sector of the BayArena thought that this substitution was not based on an injury and proceeded to shout “Get lost Heynckes” & “Gipsy Heynckes” as it was Hyypiä’s last home game and the second spot was endangered.

Barnetta had an attempt on goal before half-time but his shot went over the goal of Frank Rost. Both teams went to changing rooms with a loud booing from the crowd in the BayArena. During half-time goalkeeper coach Rüdiger Vollborn approached the fans in the Nordkurve to tell them that Hyypiä had an injury and the team needed their full support during the second half. 

The Werkself improved after the break and found the equalizer in the boots of Stefan Kiessling (54 min.), whose lousy shot fooled Hamburg’s goalkeeper. In the remaining 35 minutes, Bayer searched the winner but was not able to find it. Arturo Vidal had the best chance with a nice volley (81 min), but only hit the post. Hamburg was not innocent at any time and Leverkusen’s defense invited them to a couple of counter-attacks with numeric superiority. The draw was therefore a fair result for both teams.

The management of Bayer 04 is thinking about firing Heynckes before the last game against Freiburg according to the Express Newspaper. The team from Breisgau is also considering the same to avoid a conflict of interest surrounding our future coach Robin Dutt.

I will keep you posted in the social networks on any new developments!

Line-up: Leverkusen (top) vs Hamburg (bottom)

Substitutions Leverkusen
33 min. Derdiyok for Hyypiä
57 min. Ballack for Rolfes
57 min. Sam for Barnetta

Substitutions Hamburg
60 min. Pitroipa for Son
71 min. Ben-Hatira for Jarolim
78 min. Benjamin for Diekmeier

Yellow Cards: Vidal (Leverkusen); Jarolim, Guerrero, Westermann (all Hamburg)

Goals:
0:1 Westermann (2 min.)
1:1 Kießling (54 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs Hamburg
Posession: 67 % vs 33 %
Shots: 13 vs 11
Fouls: 14 vs 23
Corners: 5 vs 3
Offsides: 4 vs 3

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Vollborn calming the fans during half-time

Hyypiä Farewell was ruined. Only a few players came out after the match to say goodbye in front of the fans. They were angry over the support received in the last games

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 32, 1.FC Cologne vs Bayer Leverkusen 2:0

A double strike from Milivoje Novakovic ended Bayer Leverkusen’s t**le hopes once and for all as bitter rivals Koln recorded a crucial 2-0 win in Volker Finke’s first game in charge. The victory gives the Billy Goats much needed breathing space in the relegation battle and helps confirm Borussia Dortmund as German champions after it defeated Nurnberg.

The all important goal for Koln came in the 67th minute. Miso Brecko, with the aid of a slight deflection, picked out the run of Novakovic in behind the Leverkusen defense. The Slovenian striker kept his cool against Rene Adler to lift the ball over the advancing Leverkusen goalkeeper and high into the net, to spark jubilant celebrations in both Koln and Dortmund. It was his fifteenth, and most important goal, of the campaign.

If the reaction was fervent after the first goal, the stadium erupted when Novakovic doubled the home side’s lead to crush Leverkusen. Petit’s free-kick was beaten away by Adler, who should have done better, into the path of Novakovic, who reacted the quickest to bundle the ball into the net.

After a quiet start, Petit and Novakovic combined on 13 minutes to rob Sami Hyypia. Lukas Podolski then took up the baton but his far post cross from the left evaded the sliding Novakovic. Leverkusen’s best chance of an otherwise uneventful opening 45 minutes came through Gonzalo Castro who volleyed wide after superbly controlling Michael Ballack’s ball forward.

The visitors came close on 51 minutes. Renato Augusto threaded a terrific ball through to Stefan Kiessling, who struck the crossbar with Michael Rensing beaten. Soon after, Miso Brecko broke down the right but once more Novakovic was unable to make contact with the low cross into the danger area.

Michael Rensing has been an excellent acquisition for the hosts and he came good again on 63 minutes. Michal Kadlec’s cross was nodded on by Kiessling into the path of Ballack inside the six-yard box. A goal looked certain but Rensing produced a superb reflex save to deny the veteran, to the delight of the home fans for whom Ballack is hardly a favorite.

Leverkusen was frustrated in its quest for an equalizer as nothing went the way of Jupp Heynckes’ men. Not even Rensing could get a hand to Renato Augusto’s fizzing 76th minute shot, which struck the post and rolled along the line before Pedro Geromel’s clearance. The visitors had the stuffing knocked out of them after Koln’s second and though Kadlec went close, it just was not Bayer Leverkusen’s day.

Eight points behind Dortmund with two games to play, a forlorn Leverkusen hosts Hamburg next week while Koln, which is still not assured of safety, face a relegation six-pointer in the Commerzbank Arena against Christoph Daum’s Eintracht Frankfurt.

Source (for line-ups follow link): Goal.com

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 31, Bayer Leverkusen vs 1899 Hoffenheim 2:1

Bayer Leverkusen fought back from an early deficit.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Hoffenheim the lead after 28 minutes before Michal Kadlec equalised after 40 minutes and Arturo Vidal pushed Leverkusen ahead early in the second half.

Hoffenheim took the lead after 28 minutes thanks to a strong individual effort from Sigurdsson.

Bayer’s Kadlec, Renato Augusto and Sami Hyypia all were not determined enough in challenges and the Iceland international found space for a one-on-one against goalkeeper Rene Adler and struck home into the far left corner.

Sigurdsson was close to doubling his tally in the 38th minute but hammered his 27-yard strike off the right post.

However, Bayer equalised two minutes later from a set-piece with Kadlec heading home Vidal’s corner from the right. The hosts made it 2-1 just six minutes after the break, taking advantage of some clumsy Hoffenheim defending.

Ryan Babel’s attempted clearance bounced off team-mate Sebastian Rudy to Vidal, who watched as Hoffenheim defender Isaac Vorsah stumbled on his high pass to Stefan Kiessling, and the Chilean international ran onto the loose ball and blasted past goalkeeper Tom Starke.

Starke kept his team in the game with two superb saves to deny Kiessling and Hyypia in quick succession. Kiessling was close again with nine minutes left and Hoffenheim could not break down the Bayer defence to grab an equaliser.

Source: Fifa.com

Line-up: Leverkusen (top) vs Hoffenheim (bottom)

Substitutions Leverkusen
46 min. Derdiyok for Rolfes
78 min. Barnetta for Sam
86 min. Balitsch for Kießling

Substitutions Hoffenheim
78 min. Ibisevic for Mlapa

Yellow Cards: Beck (Hoffenheim)

Goals:
0:1 Sigurdsson (28 min.)
1:1 Kadlec (40 min.)
2:1 Vidal (51 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim
Posession: 63 % vs 37 %
Shots: 15 vs 9
Fouls: 14 vs 17
Corners: 7 vs 2
Offsides: 4 vs 3

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Hoffenheim scored first

Hyypiä back in defense and captain after Rolfes substitution

Finally red (dress red)

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 30, Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen 5:1

The confidence in winning and increasing the pressure on Dormund that many Bayer Leverkusen player’s expressed during the week in different interviews vanished at kick-off.  The Werkself did not knew how to respond to Bayern’s aggressive match plan and had difficulties moving the ball from defense into the attacking lines.

Rolfes own goal after a corner and a lousy effort to clear a ball between Reinartz and Vidal that put Leverkusen early 2-0 down added to this general insecurity.  Bayern was very effective in their chances and decided the match before half-time with a 4:0 lead.

In the second half Bayer 04′s ball circulation improved as the Bavarian decided to save energy knowing that their victory was never at threat.

As if the final score of 5:1 wasn’t hard enough on the Fans of the Werkself, the post-game had it’s highlights too:

Rudi Völler: “Today the team had a lapse. We have now 2 days to recover from this defeat. Bayern had 6 chances on goal, it was unfortunate that 5 of them went in. We could have scored before their 1:0 (Ballack’s chance). We improved in the second half and showed our quality.”

Holzhäuser said on Monday that he did not plan with catching Dortmund in the table.

The Declarations by Rudi Völler led to an open letter on the website of the Nordkurve 12 (Organisation that groups all Bayer 04 Fan Clubs) on Sunday. The post-game reactions were criticized as another example for the Leverkusen Comfort Zone (weather is always fine at the club).

Following this open letter, the club (Rudi Völler and the head of Marketing, Meinolf Sprink) contacted the leading organisation members  on Monday assuring that internally this defeat will be analysed in depth, especially the poor performance in the first half.  A reaction will follow next Saturday against Hoffenheim.

Line-up: Bayern (bottom) vs Leverkusen (top)

Substitutions Bayern
15 min. Contento for Pranjic
80 min. Ottl for Schweinsteiger
84 min. Breno for van Buyten

Substitutions Leverkusen
46 min. L. Bender for Castro
56 min. Kießling for Renato Augusto
80 min. Kadlec for Vidal

Yellow Cards: Tymoshchuk (Bayern); Vidal (Leverkusen)

Goals:
1:0 Rolfes (7 min.)
2:0 Gomez (28 min.)
3:0 Gomez (44 min.)
4:0 Gomez (45 min.)
4:1 Derdiyok (62 min.)
5:1 Ribery (75 min.)

Statistics Bayern vs Leverkusen
Posession: 39 % vs 61 %
Shots: 5 vs 7
Fouls: 16 vs 13
Corners: 3 vs 2
Offsides: 2 vs 2

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Allianz Arena

Why did I travel to Munich?

Postgame

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 29, Bayer Leverkusen vs FC St.Pauli 2:1

Bayer Leverkusen cut Borussia Dortmund’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga to just five points on Sunday as they came from behind to seal a 2-1 win at home against relegation-threatened St Pauli.

After Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw at Hamburg on Saturday, second-placed Leverkusen chipped away at Borussia’s lead and fought back as Germany striker Stefan Kiessling equalised before Lars Bender scored the winner.

The hosts had to dig deep after St Pauli’s Charles Takyi gave the guests a shock lead just after the break.

“It is difficult to play against a team who have such a high morale and passion,” Leverkusen manager Jupp Heynckes said.

“We put on a few substitutes in the second-half, which turned the game.

“St Pauli gave a good account of themselves, it would be a shame if they got relegated.”

With five games now remaining before the season finishes on May 14, Leverkusen have a crunch clash next Saturday at defending champions Bayern Munich.

Source: AFP

Line-up: Leverkusen (top) vs St.Pauli (bottom)

Substitutions Leverkusen
46 min. Castro for Balitsch
60 min. Derdiyok for Kadlec
68 min. L. Bender for Barnetta

Substitutions St.Pauli
72 min. Daube for Bruns
79 min. Sukuta-Pasu for Boll
84 min. Ebbers for Takyi

Yellow Cards: Schwaab (Leverkusen); Asamoah,Takyi and M. Lehmann(all St.Pauli)

Goals:
0:1 Takyi (58 min.)
1:1 Kießling (66 min.)
2:1 L. Bender (77 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs St.Pauli
Posession: 71 % vs 29 %
Shots: 19 vs 16
Fouls: 16 vs 25
Corners: 4 vs 1
Offsides: 1 vs 3

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 28, 1.FC Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen 0:1

The Werkself continues winning and being the best team in this second half of the season.  Kaiserslautern played the match that Heynckes expected, but Bayer 04 knew how to respond.  We are no longer a team that just plays elegant football and gets intimidated of the opponent’s tackles.

Sam brought the winning goal with a wonderful volley after a wrong clearance by Trapp.  Not the first time he scores this way!  The defense showed itself again solid.

It’s the 4th consecutive win in the Bundesliga without conceding any goal.  Whenever Ballack played over the full distance (5 times this season), Adler kept his sheet clean and the Werkself won it’s game. 

The Champions League is so close!  This week we will face St.Pauli at home.  A team that will travel to Leverkusen with a lot of injured and suspended players.  An ideal chance to grab another 3 points before travelling to Munich. 

Line-up: Kaiserslautern (bottom) vs Leverkusen (top)

Substitutions Kaiserslautern
56 min. Hoffer for Nemec
60 min. Petsos for Bilek
76 min. Rivic for Hlousek

Substitutions Leverkusen
66 min. Kießling for Barnetta
71 min. L. Bender for Kadlec
90. + 4 min Jørgensen for Sam

Yellow Cards: Tiffert (Kaiserslautern); Ballack and Schwaab (both Leverkusen)

Goals:
0:1 Sam (74 min.)

Statistics Kaiserslautern vs Leverkusen
Posession: 40 % vs 60 %
Shots: 6 vs 10
Fouls: 23 vs 17
Corners: 3 vs 1
Offsides: 3 vs 2

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Sidney Sam’s Top 3 Goals so far for Bayer 04

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Renato Augusto missed the game against Kaiserlautern due to an hamstring injury.  It all happened in the last training session prior to the game.  No further information was published, so I believe he will be again available against St.Pauli.