Leverkusen 2-0 Frankfurt | Two tunnels for Trapp

Bayer 04 Leverkusen are just one win away from qualifying for the Champions League. With the 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the Rhinelanders secured third place. The task ahead was clearly visible to the Hessian guests.

He enters: Paulinho tunnels Kevin Trapp with some luck to make it 1-0.
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For which team the game was significantly more important became clear by looking at the line-ups. And should also be felt on the lawn. While Leverkusen, who are in full swing in the Champions League, only brought back Hincapie (for Bakker) and Andrich (for injured Demirbay) after a 4-1 victory at relegated Fürth, the Frankfurt manager, Oliver Glasner, turned on a grand scale: between the Europa-League semi-finals against West Ham United, he made eight changes from the first leg in London – only Trapp, Tuta and Kostic remained in the line-up departure.

Precise counter in advance: Paulinho tunnels Trapp

In the SGE attack, Ache celebrated his debut as a starting XI for the Hessians after almost two years – but at the start, like all of Eintracht’s attack, he hardly played a role. Leverkusen controlled play from the start but failed to get the assists in the final third. The first attack played with precision by the hosts who had the advantage on the pitch led directly in the lead: after the extended header from Azmoun and the exceptional hacking pass from Schick, Diaby had plenty of grass in front of him and served Paulinho from exemplary manner with his outside kick on the far post, the Brazilian missed Trapp with a little luck in the tunnel (18th).

The goal did not change much in the statics of the game. Leverkusen remained more alert in the duels, but did not make much of the tipping situations that repeated themselves: Schick was offside when he scored ( 34th), Andrich made a spontaneous gesture (40th). For more than half an hour, Frankfurt’s attacking game consisted almost entirely of simple ball losses, Eintracht only came into play gradually in the final phase of the first half and had a presentable chance to equalize by Hauge just before the break whistle (42nd).

Schick’s goal counts after VAR intervention

The Norwegian then remained in the dressing room at half-time – along with Tuta and Kostic, the only two outfield players to start in London. Lammers, among others, entered the game, which had its stake in Leverkusen’s next goal: The joker lost the ball against Kossounou in front of his own penalty area and Diaby passed it to Schick, who missed the shot of Trapp’s second leg of the day (51′). The referee team initially decided it was an offside, which Hasebe clearly overruled – Bayer 04 were leading 2-0 after VAR intervened.

goals and cards

1:0Paulinho (18′, left foot, Diaby)

2-0Elegant (51′, right foot, Diaby)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen


Eintracht Frankfurt


referee team

Benjamin Cortus

Benjamin Cortus
Roethenbach and Pegnitz

game information

As a result, the Werkself withdrew, became a bit passive at times and repeatedly gave Frankfurt half chances. But the visitors’ penetrating power was not enough, at the latest in the final phase, Leverkusen were much closer to scoring the third goal of the game: Schick alone (79′, 80′, 83′) could have decide early, and Azmoun (71.), Tah (75th) and substitute Alario (90th +2) had great chances to make it 3-0.

Leverkusen only needs one more win

Frankfurt was no longer struggling with defeat in the finals, the focus was already clearly on Thursday, during the Europa League semi-final second leg against West Ham United (9 p.m.). In the Bundesliga, the Hessians continue on Sunday (3:30 p.m.) with an insignificant home match against Mönchengladbach, while Leverkusen are already playing at TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday (3:30 p.m.). Since Leipzig lost the parallel match against Mönchengladbach, Leverkusen would certainly have qualified for the Champions League with a victory in the Kraichgau.

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