Thanks in part to a double pack from winger Moussa Diaby, Bayer Leverkusen’s round of 16 in the Europa League is within reach. Werkself won in Group G’s opener against their pursuers of Real Betis 4-0 (1-0) and created a three-point buffer over the Andalusians at the top of the table.
With a victory against Celtic Glasgow (25 November), the team of coach Gerardo Seoane can prematurely clear the round of 16. Diaby (42nd / 52nd) crowned his fine performance in front of 15,208 spectators with the two goals and set his sights on victory, Florian Wirtz (86th) and Nadiem Amiri (90th) scored the other goals.
In stoppage time, Fekir (90th + 3) and Kerem Demirbay (90th + 4) each received a red card after a fierce struggle.
“We really wanted to win, we were reminded again how to do it,” Lukas Hradecky told RTL. “We are a young team, a victory like this is the best balm.”
By reducing the field of participants in the Europa League, the first in the table avoids the Champions League “relegated” to the second round and goes directly to the round of 16.
“We focus on our performance and don’t calculate. Of course our goal is to defend the top of the table. We have analyzed the last few games and found ways to improve our performance,” Seoane said after the last five games. competition. without a win before the game.
The Swiss left ailing center-forward Lucas Alario on the bench, but he was forced to tip 21-year-old Amine Adli and young star Wirtz. In Patrick Schick (ligament tear in the ankle) the second starting center forward is missing.
Moussa Diaby has scored twice for Leverkusen against Real Betis.
Bartra prevents the direction
In a respectable initial phase, Leverkusen put much more offensive accents. After Borja Iglesias’ first harmless conclusion, which Bayer captain Lukas Hradecky was holding on to it safely, the hosts had a few options. Wirtz first finished too much in the center (8th), then Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva had no problem with a shot from Diaby (13th), which Wirtz had beautifully staged.
Ex-Dortmund Marc Bartra prevented the advance with a rescue operation shortly before the goal line after Adli had already passed Silva (20th). Moments later, the supposed 1-0 was withdrawn by the VAR in an emergency phase due to an offside position by Jérémie Frimpong (24th). After the hard blow of Nabil Fekir, Bayer was lucky that Hradecky did not slip the ball into the net of his defense (36th).
Before the break, the release: After a quick counterattack, the very conspicuous Wirtz found Diaby with a short cross, who scored an excellent shot in the well-deserved lead.
Bayer gained momentum in the second half. Diaby balanced his long-range shot in the mesh shortly after the break and had more good scenes as a result. A disappointing Betis had to counter Leverkusen with a crossbar from Fekir, then Wirtz and Amiri struck.
Bayer Leverkusen – Real Betis: the lineups
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Frimpong (88th Retsos), Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie (77th Sinkgraven) – Andrich, Demirbay – Diaby, Wirtz (88th Kossounou), Adli (77th Amiri) – Paulinho (68th Palacios)
Real Betis: Silva – Bellerin, Bartra, Ruiz, Miranda (46th Moreno) – Rodriguez, William (46th Canales) – Joaquin (79th Juanmi), Fekir, Ruibal (59th Rodri) – Iglesias (71st Willian Jose)