Borussia Dortmund eased past Bayer Leverkusen in a 4-3 victory on Saturday at the Bay Arena. Both Bayer and Dortmund arrived in good form, having secured victories in their previous matches. Bayer had been hopeful of continuing their run after winning their previous two matches against Augsburg away and B Mönchengladbach at home, by 4-1 and 4-0 respectively. Dortmund were coming off the back of a 3-2 win against Hoffenheim. As the table looks today, Bayer are in 5th place, with 7 points from 4 matches, while Dortmund sit in 2nd, with 9 points from 4.
The Company’s Eleven started strongly in the first half, with Florian Wirtz finding the net, 9 minutes in. However, their lead didn’t last for long, Erling Haaland producing an equaliser, 37 minutes in, bringing Die Borussen level. However, Bayer just before half-time reestablished their lead thanks to a Patrik Schick goal, which saw the first half end 2-1.
Dortmund fought back, thanks to an early goal from Julian Brandt in the 49th minute. However, each side looked hungry to win and Bayer then found the back of the net, 55 minutes in thanks to Moussa Diaby, taking the score to 3-2. However, their lead was short-lived, as an equalizer from Raphael Guerreiro in the 71st minute, brought Dortmund level. Dortmund then scored again and turned the match thanks to a second effort from Erling Haaland, 77 minutes in to make it 4-3.
Both coaches used the full entitlement. For Bayer, Amine Adli, Lucas Alario and Karim Bellarabi, came on for Paulinho, Patrik Schick and Kerem Demirbay, Dortmund brought on Donyell Malen, Mats Hummels and Marius Wolf, to replace Axel Witsel, Marin Pongracic and Jude Bellingham.
There were bookings for Florian Wirtz, Jeremie Frimpong, Odilon Kossounou and Moussa Diaby from Bayer. For Dortmund, Thomas Meunier, Erling Haaland and Marius Wolf saw yellow.
|Bayer Leverkusen:||Lukas Hradecky, Jeremie Frimpong, Odilon Kossounou, Jonathan Tah, Mitchel Bakker, Moussa Diaby, Robert Andrich, Kerem Demirbay (Karim Bellarabi, min.79), Florian Wirtz, Paulinho (Amine Adli, min.63) and Patrik Schick (Lucas Alario, min.78)|
|Borussia Dortmund:||Gregor Kobel, Thomas Meunier, Manuel Akanji, Marin Pongracic (Mats Hummels, min.84), Raphael Guerreiro, Jude Bellingham (Marius Wolf, min.89), Axel Witsel (Donyell Malen, min.65), Mahmoud Dahoud, Erling Haaland, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt|
|Stadium:||the Bay Arena|
|Goals:||Florian Wirtz (1-0, min. 9), Erling Haaland (1-1, min. 37), Patrik Schick (2-1, min. 45), Julian Brandt (2-2, min. 49), Moussa Diaby (3-2, min. 55), Raphael Guerreiro (3-3, min. 71) and Erling Haaland (3-4, min. 77)|