Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt 2:0: Leverkusen beat B-Elf Frankfurt

Status: 03.05.2022 00:01

The Champions League in sight: as usual, Bayer Leverkusen dominated a B-Elf from Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Coach SGE Glasner spared many players.

On Monday evening (May 2, 2022), Bayer Leverkusen dominated the match against Eintracht Frankfurt and won 2-0 (1-0). Bayer’s goals on Matchday 32 of the Bundesliga were scored by Paulinho (18th minute) and star striker Patrik Schick (51st). Moussa Diaby also shone: he scored both goals.

Thanks to this success, Leverkusen take another step towards qualifying for the Champions League and are now in third place with 58 points. Frankfurt remains at 40 points and is in eleventh place.

Leverkusen’s coach, Gerardo Seoane, did not want to think about a possible participation of CL afterwards at the microphone of the sports program and limited himself to the sports analysis: “We controlled the opponent well and worked compactly. It was difficult with the ball because Frankfurt made it tight. Owns.”

Eintracht coach Glasner circles ahead of Europa League climax

In the match against Bayer Leverkusen, Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner rotated in the starting lineup. Before the return semi-final against West Ham United in the Europa League (Thursday, 9 p.m.), only two outfield players remained in the starting XI from the first leg, alongside goalkeeper Kevin Trapp in Tuta and Filip Kostic.

Rafael Borré and Jesper Lindström (muscle injury) who were suspended weren’t in the team at all, nor were Martin Hinteregger (cold) and the rested Sebastian Rode. In Leverkusen, Robert Andrich and Piero Hincapié returned to the starting XI after being suspended.

“The boys tried everything,” Glasner said after the game ended. Whereby the “last penetrating power” was lacking. For the second leg of the semi-final against West Ham, he “considered” against Leverkusen due to the stress of their best players. “We want to go to the final in Sevilla.”

Bayer 04 pushed the disciplined Frankfurters in the back

From the start of the match, Frankfurt was put on the defensive. Bayer had ball possession advantages, put the first accents on winger Diaby. The “Werkself” was looking for depth in the attacking third very early on.

But Eintracht defended in a disciplined manner against the team who have already scored 14 goals in the first quarter of an hour of the current season. This is to be expected: Frankfurt’s first shot on goal only came in the 38th minute of the match.

Leverkusen’s powerful switching game cracks SGE

Frankfurt then had to learn the hard way that Leverkusen can also face disciplined teams. Bayer 04 showed their notorious switching game: Diaby broke through on a counterattack down the right after a hacked pass from Schick, deftly put the outside of his foot on Paulinho – who beat Trapp at the far post. It was Leverkusen’s eleventh counterattack this season.

As a result, Eintracht had problems with the now even more pressing Leverkuseners. It was often accompanied by a quick drive through the center and over the active Sardar Azmoun. He stuck to Schick, who sank the Czech. But Schick is offside and the goal does not count (34th).

Despite fresh chances for Leverkusen, they remained 1-0 at the break. But it is also due to the fact that Jens Petter Hauge missed Frankfurt’s first big chance (42nd).

Frankfurt also spares Kostic and the other players

As Leverkusen started the second round unchanged, SBU coach Glasner knocked out Filip Kostic in the sportingly meaningless match for Frankfurt, and Tuta and Hauge also remained in the locker room. Almamy Touré, Ansgar Knauff and Sam Lammers had their chance (46th).

The balance of power remained unchanged. Leverkusen were superior, Lammers, who had just come on, gave up the ball after a poor reception of the ball in their own half. And Diaby hung up on Schick, who scored the number 22 goal of the season. The flag had only gone up, Schick himself had suspected an offside position, but the VAR checked: no offside.

Towards the end, the game slowed down, with Leverkusen still in control and missing other chances. Lucas Alario missed the best of them late in the game (90+2).

Leverkusen at Hoffenheim, Frankfurt against Gladbach

Bayer Leverkusen travel to Hoffenheim on Matchday 33 (Saturday May 7, 3:30 p.m.). Eintracht Frankfurt host Borussia Mönchengladbach at home (Sunday May 8, 3:30 p.m.).


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