Bayer Leverkusen strolled past Stuttgart with a 3-1 win on Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Stuttgart arrived with the intention of increasing their league score following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous game while Bayer lost 4-3 in the last match they played against Borussia Dortmund. Following today’s result, Stuttgart and Bayer currently occupy 14th and 3rd spots in the table, with 4 points and 10 points respectively after 5 matches.
The Company’s Eleven dominated the first half, with an early goal from Robert Andrich in the 2nd minute. The momentum was now with Bayer, who then scored again through a goal from Patrik Schick, at 19 minutes to establish a 2-0. However, The Reds at the 38 minute mark pull-back following a Orel Mangala goal, finishing the first half 1-2.
Bayer continued to pile on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, thanks to Florian Wirtz finding the net in the 70th minute, leaving the final score at 3-1.
For Stuttgart, Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, Pascal Stenzel, Philipp Klement, Mateo Klimowicz and Omer Beyaz, came on for Orel Mangala, Hiroki Ito, Atakan Karazor, Roberto Massimo and Tanguy Coulibaly. Bayer replaced Kerem Demirbay, Piero Hincapie, Nadiem Amiri and Amine Adli with Karim Bellarabi, Patrik Schick, Florian Wirtz and Moussa Diaby.
The referee booked Atakan Karazor and Tanguy Coulibaly from Stuttgart. Bayer had the worst of it though, with Jeremie Frimpong, Mitchel Bakker and Charles Aranguiz seeing yellow, and Robert Andrich then sent off with a red.
Stuttgart will next play Bochum away, with Bayer facing Mainz at home.
|Stuttgart:||Florian Muller, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hiroki Ito (Pascal Stenzel, min.61), Marc Kempf, Roberto Massimo (Mateo Klimowicz, min.71), Atakan Karazor (Philipp Klement, min.71), Wataru Endo, Borna Sosa, Omar Marmoush, Orel Mangala (Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, min.60) and Tanguy Coulibaly (Omer Beyaz, min.83)|
|Bayer Leverkusen:||Lukas Hradecky, Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Tah, Odilon Kossounou, Mitchel Bakker, Karim Bellarabi (Kerem Demirbay, min.39), Charles Aranguiz, Florian Wirtz (Nadiem Amiri, min.85), Robert Andrich, Moussa Diaby (Amine Adli, min.85) and Patrik Schick (Piero Hincapie, min.51)|
|Stadium:||the Mercedes Benz Arena|
|Goals:||Robert Andrich (0-1, min. 2), Patrik Schick (0-2, min. 19), Orel Mangala (1-2, min. 38) and Florian Wirtz (1-3, min. 70)|