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Started by Bensergi, Sep 17, 2017, 12:47 PM

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen will need to arrest their sliding form as they square up against Freiburg in a battle of the winless clubs. Defender Jonathan Tah's back problems are not any better and this is a setback for Leverkusen, who have conceded 8 goals thus far. Head coach Heiko Herrlich is still waiting for his first managerial win in the Bundesliga, having endured 10 winless games with Bochum and three with Leverkusen. At the other camp, Freiburg have only scored once through Florian Niederlechner, who will get the nod up front over Tim Kleindienst. Freiburg have failed to win any of the last eight league meetings between these two sides, their last win was back in March 2012.


Match Stats:

  • Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Freiburg
  • Shots: 18-4
  • Possession: 64%-36%
  • Corner kicks: 5-4

Kevin Volland scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen brushed aside Freiburg to record their first Bundesliga win of the campaign on Sunday. Kai Havertz and Karim Bellarabi had already gone close when a rampant Leverkusen took a deserved lead, courtesy of an unstoppable long-range strike from Volland. Freiburg could not get out of their own half as Panagiotis Retsos went within a whisker of a debut goal, before Charles Aranguiz crashed in the sweetest of volleys for Bayer's second. Alexander Schwolow did well to keep out Havertz, but was powerless to prevent Volland sliding in Lars Bender's teasing right-wing cross to extend the hosts' advantage.

It should have got better for Freiburg before it got worse as Marco Terrazzino spurned a glorious opening to reduce the arrears early in the second half. It did not take Bayer long to reassert their authority on the contest, though, with the lively Bellarabi twice going close to a fourth. Volland thought he had completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes to go, but the goal was chalked off following consultation with Video Assist. Julian Brandt got in on the act to complete the whitewash, leaving Freiburg still searching for their first win of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season.

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