Bayer Leverkusen leads 3-1 at the break of the away game at Borussia Dortmund. The Rhinelanders combined more fluently in the early stages and took the lead in the 11th minute; a disastrous mispass by Zagadou resulted in an own goal from Akanji. Out of nowhere, the Westphalians equalized after a good quarter of an hour when Frimpong involuntarily extended a free-kick from Brandt into his own box (16′). But the Werkself didn’t have to wait long for an answer: Wirtz successfully completed a counterattack in the 20th minute. She was also extremely goal-oriented afterwards and was rewarded with a free kick converted directly by Andrich (28th). In the last quarter of an hour, the Seoane selection also had clear advantages in terms of penetrating power and could have scored the fourth goal through Bakker (44th). See you soon!
Official injury time (minutes): 3
Round one in Signal Iduna Park is to be extended by 180 seconds.
Bakker vs. Kobel! The Dutchman conquers the ball on the right corner of the penalty area against the careless Bellingham and then fires it from a slightly acute angle and twelve meters centrally on the box. Dortmund goalkeeper Kobel raises his arms and deflects the ball over his box.
There was more in it! At the end of another quick counter-attack, Wirtz sends Diaby to the left side of the box. Despite a good position, the Frenchman decides against a shot and wants to cross for Schick. The straddling Akanji can prevent this.
Bellingham unpacks a massive touchdown from the left 22 meters with the right instep, which is intended for the far corner. Hrádecký-Ersatz Grill has little trouble getting hold of the ball in the inside right corner.
Schick can force a bad pass from Akanji on the left side of the attack by running up quickly. Wirtz then crosses into the unguarded area in the center of the penalty area, but his cross is set too high and Bellarabi cannot reach it.
The Rhinelanders haven’t won at the Signal Iduna Park for seven and a half years. If they end this negative series today, extend their lead in fifth place to five points and move up five points to BVB.
BVB would actually have been challenged in this phase, but the quick switching of the guests made them cautious when it came to moving up in possession. He longs for the meeting in the changing room.
After the spectacle in the first leg, the entertainment value of the reunion is also enormous; there are few Bundesliga games in the current season that have such a high score. Will BVB come back after a deficit like in September?
Tooor for Bayer Leverkusen, 1: 3 by Robert Andrich
… and he lets the Werkself celebrate for the third time! Andrich strokes the ball over the black and yellow wall with his right instep. Kobel, who sees the ball late, can no longer prevent the impact in the left corner.
Yellow card for Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund)
Dahoud can only stop Schick, who was sent deep in the half-left space, directly in front of the penalty area with a grab on his shoulder. The warning is followed by a free kick in a promising position…
Demirbay is the addressee of a flat laydown by Bakker from the left wing on the central edge of the penalty area. He tries his hand at a direct acceptance with the left inner instep. The ball, still touched by Zagadou, sails just over the right angle.
Tooor for Bayer Leverkusen, 1: 2 by Florian Wirtz
Leverkusen strikes back! Against advanced Westphalia, the guest switches at lightning speed. Bellarabi, sent into the half-right offensive corridor, passes in from the corner of the penalty area at just the right moment. The free Wirtz pushes past Kobel into the left corner with his right inside instep from twelve meters.
As a result of a one-two with Guerreiro, Brandt appears on the left side of the penalty area. He decides against a cross pass inside and thus misses the allusion to free hazard.
Tooor for Borussia Dortmund, 1: 1 by Jeremie Frimpong (own goal)
BVB equalizes out of the blue! Brandt’s sharp free-kick cross from the right flag misses Meunier at the near post, but after a light contact with Frimpong’s forehead, the ball sails into the far corner.
The black and yellow have to be extremely careful that they mentally get back on their feet very quickly. Your error rate in interaction increased again after conceding.
Tooor for Bayer Leverkusen, 0: 1 by Manuel Akanji (own goal)
Leverkusen is given the early lead! Zagadou’s return pass towards Kobel is inaccurate and is intercepted by Schick. Kobel fails with his shot from a 14-yard shot from the right, but the ball he deflects bounces against Akanji’s left knee and from there into the net.
The black and yellow have trouble bringing structure to their build-up game. They rarely make it across the center line cleanly in this early phase.
The Rhinelanders get off to a better start and come to another corner as a result of another advance down the left wing. Zagadou promoted it to the side at the penalty spot.
Wirtz’ high-spinning but low corner kick from the left flag extends Hincapié at the near post. However, there is no buyer in a blue dress directly in front of the box.
Dortmund vs. Leverkusen – round one in the Signal-Iduna-Park is open!
The teams have just entered the pitch in front of 10,000 spectators.
For the Rhinelanders, who have all lost the last six guest appearances for the Black and Yellows and who have never scored as often after 20 match days as in the current season (49), coach Gerardo Seoane provides after the 5-1 home win against FC Augsburg twice around. Grill and Demirbay take the places of Hrádecký (corona infection) and Adli (bank).
On the Westphalian side, who won the first leg 4-3 in mid-September despite being behind three times thanks to goals from Haaland (37th, 77th), Brandt (49th) and Guerreiros (71st) and who have played 27th place in front of their home crowd of 30 points, coach Marco Rose has made three personnel changes compared to the 3-2 away win at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Instead of Hummels, Wolf (both on the bench) and Haaland (torn adductor muscles), Zagadou, Meunier and Hazard start.
After Bayer Leverkusen had only drawn one point from the last three matches before Christmas, they have been able to score a very respectable seven points after the winter break. The somewhat fortunate 2-2 home draw against 1. FC Union Berlin was followed by victories at Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-1) and against FC Augsburg (5-1). The Werkself are on course for the Champions League and want to consolidate third place in the table today.
In terms of appearances in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund played a convincing January with victories at SG Eintracht Frankfurt (3:2), against SC Freiburg (5:1) and at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (3:2) and remains the leader FC Bayern Munich so on the heels. After the record champions beat RB Leipzig (3-2) on Saturday, the fourth three is a must for the black and yellow team to keep the chance of winning the championship realistic.
Hello and welcome to the Bundesliga on Sunday! The penultimate game of the 21st game day is played by Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Westphalians and Rhinelanders face each other from 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Signal Iduna Park.