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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 15, Bayer Leverkusen vs TSG Hoffenheim 2:0

Goals from Eren Derdiyok and Sidney Sam gave Bayer Leverkusen a routine 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim at the BayArena on Friday evening.

The Swiss striker gave the hosts an early lead, while his 23-year-old teammate ensured the three points 10 minutes from time.

The hosts had already tested Tom Starke twice through Andre Schurrle and Eren Derdiyok, before the latter put his side into the lead after just 11 minutes. A long-range strike from Schurrle found its way to Derdiyok, who continued his good form by heading his team ahead.

Eager to strike back quickly, Gylfi Sigurdsson sent in an effort from distance, but the Icelandic international’s shot was too high and left Bernd Leno untested.

The visitors failed to trouble the young German goalkeeper for the rest of the first half, and failed to come out for the second half with any sort of attacking threat.

As the match wore on, Sam, who had earlier missed a great chance, latched on Stefan Kiessling’s flick-on to send a fantastic lob over Starke and ensure his side emerged with all three points.

Bastian Oczipka missed a great opportunity to make it three just minutes after coming off the bench, while Leno was forced into an impressive save by Marvin Compper in the dying minutes – but in the end the score remained 2-0.

This results sees Leverkusen remain in sixth, level on points with fifth-placed Schalke. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim slips to 10th.

Source: Goal.com

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

Substitutions Leverkusen
68 min. Rolfes for Derdiyok
73 min. Reinartz for Ballack
85 min. Oczipka for Sam

Substitutions Hoffenheim
59 min. Musona for Johnson
73 min. Ibisevic for Mlapa
80 min. Schipplock for Sigurdsson

Yellow cards: Castro and Derdiyok (both Leverkusen); Babel and Salihovic (both Hoffenheim)

Goals:
1:0 Derdiyok (10 min.)
2:0 Sam (79 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim
Posession: 51 % vs 49 %
Shots: 11 vs 6
Fouls: 14 vs 30
Corners: 4 vs 7
Offsides: 3 vs 6
Distance covered (km): 116 vs 114

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Lenomenal is staying with us for good

Ballack best friend

Sam celebrating his goal with Kiessling

M.Friedrich post-game: WTF?

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Bernd Leno is here to stay…is Bayer?

When Bild, kicker magazine, and Bayer Leverkusen’s own website announced that 19-year old goal keeping phenom, Bernd Leno, had signed a five-and-a-half year contract to continue wearing the Bayer cross on his jersey, Leverkusen fans couldn’t be blamed for greeting the news with sudden cheer and then immediate sadness. Elation at signing one of the foremost young talents in the Bundesliga, and depression at the reality that we’ve probably seen the last of a Leverkusen goal-keeping legend, who has been with the club since 2000 as a youth. Rene Adler is working his way back to fitness after a patella injury (knee), and although his physical therapy is progressing, it also seems to be taking longer than most originally anticipated. In fact, in the last several days he has had to scale back his rehab schedule, suggesting that he won’t be back in early January as planned.

At the beginning of the season, Adler’s injury, and a lack of faith in in-house options David Yelldell and Fabian Giefer, was enough of a concern for Leverkusen brass, Rudi Völler and Wolfgang Holzhäuser, to make them look for a suitable replacement outside of the team. Enter 19 year old Bernd Leno, who was plying his trade as the back-up (and heir-apparent) goalkeeper at VfB Stuttgart. When he came to Leverkusen after the second game of the season it was to be on a half-season loan basis only, but that was before Leno kept three straight clean sheets in his first games and acquitted himself as a Champion’s League-quality keeper. By early October, it had become clear that it would be in Leverkusen’s (and Leno’s) best interest to retain him, and efforts were begun to ensure that he would stay at the BayArena after the initial loan period. Indeed, Leno offered his analysis of the situation by indicating that he wanted to be in Leverkusen and that it would be truly “bitter” for him if he couldn’t advance with the rest of the team into next year’s knock-out stage in the Champion’s League tournament.

Depending on reports, Leverkusen paid Stuttgart somewhere between 7 and 8 million Euros for Bernd Leno’s services – a fee that caused many Leverkusen jaws to drop. It is, as the glass half-empty pessimist will tell you, one of the most expensive goal keeper transfers ever within the league (only Manuel Neuer’s move to Bayern cost more – much more), but, as the glass half-full optimist will tell you, it’s less than what Stuttgart were asking for initially. Early on in the negotiations, Bayer had offered 6 million Euros to keep the young goalie, but Stuttgart came back with a stupefying demand of 10 million. After both sides quieted down somewhat they met again, and the final cost of the sale indicates that both sides made concessions and found a compromise all parties could live with. As Stuttgart’s own Fredi Bobic stated, “In the end, it was a business decision, which all interested parties could easily live with.”

Well, one interested party, Rene Adler, is probably not thrilled about this development, but he probably shouldn’t be the focus of this new deal. Adler, if he returns to 100% fitness, should have no problem finding another club to retain his services. Whether that’s in Germany or abroad is, at this time, inconsequential – if he’s willing to lower his asking price, he will play again, and at a high level. Rather, my focus is on the team that Leverkusen is (not so) slowly assembling, seemingly piece by piece. The second most important jewel of last summer’s transfer window was, of course, Andre Schuerrle, for whom Bayer paid almost the same amount of money as the it did for Leno. This coming summer, the club has already lined up CB Philip Wollscheid from FC Nuernberg for 5 million Euro, giving Leverkusen a potentially formidable, and more importantly young, interior back two with Omer Toprak.

The 13 million Euro that Leverkusen have spent for Leno and Wollscheid would appear to be a bargain for two of the most talented young players at their positions. We certainly know now where some of that 20 million Euro from the Champion’s League will be going, and we can only hope that it won’t be needed to pay penalties for the Tel Da Fax fiasco. But, more importantly, both are locked into contracts until 2017, which continues Leverkusen’s practice of handing out five year contracts to its younger players (sorry, Micha). Additionally, players like Schuerrle and Toprak are signed through 2016, and you have to believe that Leverkusen will do everything in their power to re-sign Lars Bender at the end of his term in 2014, while highly talented young players like Danny Da Costa and Karim Bellarabi will be asked to contribute more in the next years.

Now, any number of unanswered questions still stare Leverkusen in the face, especially what will happen with some of the current squad who are injured. Players like Renato Augusto, Hanno Balitsch, and Tranquilo Barnetta were expected to provide important leadership and/or reliable support, but the success of the team (especially in the Champion’s League) without these players suggests that they might not be as integral as previously thought. Older players like Simon Rolfes, Manuel Friedrich, and Michael Ballack will be handled on an individual basis, but one feels as if perhaps we should begin our good-byes soon.

Finally, to my point; as a glass half-full optimist, it feels as if the right foundations are being laid for…wait for it…a title by 2014/2015! Yes, it’s a pie in the sky dream that every Leverkusen fan has every couple of years, but it seems as if the stars are really starting to align again, and the current crop of young players being brought in suggests that Voeller and Holzhaeuser are intent on building a team to challenge the Bayerns and Dortmunds of the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future. And at the back of it all, standing confidently and non-plussed, will be a young man with the same initials as the team for which he plays. Bernd Leno, Bayer Leverkusen…it feels like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Bayer 04 players with their national teams (12/11/2011-15/11/2011)

12/11/2011: Let’s start with the Bayer 04 trio in the Germany team playing against Ukraine. The friendly, away to one of the hosts of next year’s European Championships, kicked off with no Leverkusen players in the starting line-up. Joachim Löw’s team were 3-1 down at the break having suffered at the hands of the Ukrainian counter attacks. Germany came back into the game following the introduction of Simon Rolfes and André Schürrle at the start of the second half. Rolfes, who replaced Sami Khedira, scored his second international goal in his 25th appearance on 65 minutes. André Schürrle, this time playing on the right, was also involved in some good moves. Thomas Müller netted the equaliser on 77 minutes. Toni Kroos scored the first goal. Bayer 04 midfielder Lars Bender also came on in the closing stages of the game to earn his third international cap for Germany.

Michal Kadlec was able to think more seriously about the prospects of playing in the Euro 2012 finals after Friday night’s game. The Czech Republic beat Montenegro 2-0 in the first leg of the play-off in Prague. Kadlec, who has established himself as one of the Czech Republic’s leading performers in the Euro qualifiers, played the full 90 minutes. A situation completely different for Ömer Toprak. The Bayer 04 central defender had to look on from the bench as Turkey suffered a 3-0 reverse in the Euro play-off against Croatia.

Bayer 04 keeper Bernd Leno was able to watch an extremely unusual encounter. Bernd did not play in the Germany U-21 Euro qualifier away to Greece but was able to witness his team register a 5-4 win. The score was 3-3 after 87 minutes before a sensational finale. The Germany U-19s, with Bayer 04 defender Danny da Costa in their ranks, secured a 2-1 narrow win in a friendly against Egypt at Pirmasens. It was also a good night for Nicolai Jörgensen who came on in the second half of Denmark’s 2-0 win against Sweden. Eren Derdiyok was sidelined as Switzerland earned a respectable 0-0 draw in Holland. The Werkself striker was suffering from a flu.

15/11/2011: Michal Kadlec and the Czech Republic have made it: The Bayer 04 defender was in the Czech side that beat Montenegro 1-0 in last night’s play-off following the 2-0 win in the first leg. The Czech Republic can count themselves lucky to come away from Podgorica with a win as the hosts were on top for much of the game. The Czech back four around Kadlec, who played the full 90 minutes, and the outstanding keeper Petr Cech kept the Montenegro attack at bay and Jiracek scored the winning goal against the run of play on 81 minutes. They now join the other 15 teams at next summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine. The group draw is on 2 December.

As expected, Turkey had to throw in the towel against Croatia after the 3-0 home defeat in the first leg. The Turkish side did manage to secure a 0-0 draw in Zagreb. Ömer Toprak made his full international debut for his country and he produced a good performance over 90 minutes, but it was not enough.

Simon Rolfes and Lars Bender played in the friendly between Germany and Holland in Hamburg. The Werkself midfield duo both came off the bench in the closing stages of the impressive 3-0 win in the Hanseatic city. André Schürrle missed out after going down with the flu.

The Germany U-21s, with keeper Bernd Leno on the bench, notched up a 3-0 victory in their Euro qualifier against Cyprus to extend their impressive run of seven wins in seven games.

Bayer 04 strikers Eren Derdiyok and Nicolai Jörgensen were involved in friendlies. Derdiyok, having recovered from the flu, played the whole game as the lone striker for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team that secured a 1-0 win in Luxembourg. Denmark beat Finland 2-1 with Jörgensen coming on at the hour mark to earn his second full international cap.

Source: Bayer04.de (12/11) // Bayer04.de (16/11)

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Ukraine vs Germany 3-3 (Iarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Kroos, Nazarenko, Rolfes, Müller)

Czech Republic vs Montenegro 2-0 (Pilař, Sivok)

Turkey vs Croatia 0-3 (Olić, Mandžukić, Čorluka)

Greece U21 vs Germany U21 4-5 (Petsos, Mlapa, Mlapa, Fortounis, Esswein, Petsos, Bell, Vlachodimos, Mlapa)

Denmark vs Sweden 2-0 (Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli)

Montenegro vs Czech Republic 0-1 (Jiráček)

Croatia vs Turkey 0-0

Germany vs Holland 3-0 (Müller, Klose, Özil)

Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 12, Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg SV 2:2

Hamburg overcame a 2-0 deficit to earn a respectable 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in their Bundesliga clash at the BayArena.

A deflected free kick from Andre Schurrle and a close range strike by Lars Bender sent the home side two goals up after 20 minutes, but Heiko Westermann’s header sent the match into halftime on a knife’s edge. Marcell Jansen equalized for the visitors in the 58th minute, and despite late chances, neither side could go on to claim all three points.

The home side broke the deadlock after only five minutes through Schurrle. The Germany international lined up a free kick some 30 yards from goal, but it was a deflection off Dennis Diekmeier that took it past Jaroslav Drobny in the Hamburg net.

Leverkusen was dominant, and Bender showed great skill to turn Michael Macciene inside out near the right byline, but Schurrle’s effort from his cutback was blocked. From the resulting corner, Simon Rolfes came within inches of guiding the ball home from inside the six-yard area.

Dutt’s men were not to be denied a second, and got it in the 20th minute through a close range finish from Lars Bender. Michael Ballack’s drive from outside the box was deflected into the path of Schurrle on the left flank, who crossed for the onrushing Bender to volley home from a few yards out.

Hamburg was under severe pressure, and almost conceded a third after Schurrle beat the onrushing Drobny to a through ball, but his weak prod towards goal was cleared off the line by Diekmeier.

However, despite its offensive dominance, it was a lackluster piece of defending by Leverkusen that allowed the visiting side back into the game in the 34th minute. Dennis Aogo’s free kick went completely unchallenged by any defenders in the area, allowing the unmarked Westermann to head home from close range.

The goal sparked HSV into life, and the team kept Leverkusen under pressure for the rest of the half, spurning a few good chances to draw level. Gokhan Tore fired over from inside the box, before Jansen had had a goal correctly chalked off for offside as the first half ended to the relief of Leverkusen.

The second half unfolded at a slower pace, but the visiting team managed to level matters in the 58th minute with a well worked goal. Tore hit a brilliant lofted through-ball into the path of Jansen, who volleyed his finish expertly into the far corner.

With the match now up for grabs, both teams looked to attack with renewed vigor. Jose Guerrero scuffed a good chance into the arms of Leno, before Schurrle blasted over the bar after another good feed by Bender with 20 minutes remaining.

The German had an even better chance to put his side in front a few minutes later after Stefan Kiessling capitalized on Gojko Kacar’s sloppiness in possession to put him clean through on goal, but he could only place his finish disappointingly wide of the far post.

There were nervy moments for both sides as the game moved towards the end, and Guerrero planted a header high and wide from a great position inside the area. Neither side could be separated, and a draw was perhaps a fair result.

Hamburg moves into 17th place with 10 points, and is still mired in the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Leverkusen is in seventh spot with 18 points, seven behind leader Bayern Munich.

Source: Goal.com

Bundesliga Fanatic Analysis: Link

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

Substitutions Leverkusen
46 min. Reinartz for Sam
63 min. Derdiyok for Rolfes

Substitutions Hamburg
79 min. Tesche for Kacar
82 min. Jarolim for Töre
89 min. Skjelbred for Son

Yellow Cards: Derdiyok and Reinartz (both Leverkusen); Rincon (Hamburg)

Goals:
1:0 Schürrle (5 min.)
2:0 L. Bender (20 min.)
2:1 Westermann (34 min.)
2:2 Jansen (57 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs Hamburg
Posession: 49 % vs 51 %
Shots: 15 vs 14
Fouls: 20 vs 17
Corners: 5 vs 4
Offsides: 2 vs 4
Distance covered (km): 119 vs 111

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Brian the Lion

Sorry, but we are not rocking the world at the moment

Postgame frustration

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 11, SC Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 0:1

An early goal from Michael Ballack was enough for Bayer Leverkusen to secure a 1-0 Bundesliga victory over struggling Freiburg, who will lament its poor finishing, having missed a string of chances to equalize.

Robin Dutt’s men didn’t have to wait long to take the lead. Omer Toprak got his head to Michal Kadlec’s corner and Manuel Friedrich flicked the ball to Michael Ballack, who tapped the ball past Oliver Baumann to give the visitors the lead.

Papiss Cisse struck the woodwork as the first half wore on, coming to the near post to meet Anton Putsila’s cross, and he would also send a header narrowly wide on the stroke of half time.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, was largely unable to capitalize on its early dominance, with a Sidney Sam shot that went narrowly wide the closest the visitors came to doubling its advantage.

Leno, who looked shaky all night, spilled a fierce shot from Stefan Reisinger, but was able to get back to the ball before any Freiburg striker.

In an attempt to quell the hosts’ dominance, Dutt withdrew Andre Schurrle and replaced him with Stefan Reinartz, a center-back, but the additional defender was unable top shore up the defense.

Leno was forced into making two late saves, first to deny Reisinger, who blasted a shot goalward after a turn in the box, and then stopping a tame header from Oliver Barth from the resulting corner.

In the end, Freiburg’s poor finishing betrayed them and Bayer left with all three points. This result leaves the hosts rooted to the bottom of the table, while the visitors leapfrog Hoffenheim and move into eighth place.

Source: Goal.com

See also Bundesliga Fanatic Analysis>> Link

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

Substitutions Freiburg
69 min. Reisinger for Dembelé
76 min. Jendrisek for Putsila
81 min. Makiadi for Rosenthal

Substitutions Leverkusen
65 min. Rolfes for Ballack
74 min. Kießling for Derdiyok
83 min. Reinartz for Schürrle

Yellow Cards: Cissé (Freiburg)

Goals:
0:1 Ballack (2 min.)

Statistics Freiburg vs Leverkusen
Posession: 54 % vs 46 %
Shots: 20 vs 10
Fouls: 21 vs 12
Corners: 6 vs 2
Offsides: 5 vs 5
Distance covered (km): 124 vs 124

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 10, Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke 04 0:1

Schalke 04 moved to third in the Bundesliga standings on Saturday with a well-earned 1-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen.

Just three days after winning their Europa League match in Cyprus 5-0, Schalke were again in outstanding form, winning through Jefferson Farfan’s goal.

The Peruvian international, who was playing his 100th Bundesliga match, scored with eight minutes to go after a Leverkusen corner, but the home side claimed that he had fouled Leverkusen’s Andre Schuerrle in the run-up.

Michael Ballack came close for the home side, only to see Schalke goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall do well to deny the former Germany captain.

Earlier, Ballack had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled offside. The midfielder was also lucky that a penalty was not awarded against him in the 17th minute when he seemed to push over Schalke’s Lewis Holtby.

The victory takes Schalke to 18 points – one behind Borussia Dortmund, who thrashed Cologne 5-0 on Saturday and four behind Bayern Munich, who are away to Hanover later on Sunday.

Source: Monstersandcritics.com

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 9, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen 2:2

A late goal from Andre Schürrle denied Gladbach the three points after a valiant comeback in the second half. Despite being the more persistent and adventurous side it was Leverkusen that took the early lead but spent the rest of the match trying to hold off an aggressive and motivated Gladbach. The defensive troubles that have been plaguing Leverkusen throughout the season along with questionable tactical decisions by Dutt eventually allowed Gladbach to come back and nearly steal the game but Schürrle netted his first Bundesliga goal for his new club at the end to split the points. Gladbach have now failed to beat Leverkusen at home in 22 years.

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Goals:
0:1 Reinartz (20 min.)
1:1 Reus (65 min.)
2:1 Herrmann (72 min.)
2:2 Schürrle (87 min.)