Aalso a goal of Kerem Demirbay did not help Bayer Leverkusen out of the earnings crisis in the Bundesliga. The Werkself drew 1-1 (0-0) against Werder Bremen on Saturday and are stuck fourth from bottom in the table with five points. The difficult situation for coach Gerardo Seoane has hardly improved before the upcoming international break.
Demirbay's (54th minute) goal worth seeing was compensated by Milos Veljkovic (82nd). In front of 30,210 spectators in the sold-out Bay Arena, Leverkusen again missed their first home win of the season in the Bundesliga, while Bremen, on the other hand, continued their unbeaten away series and kept in touch with the top half of the table.
Before the game, coach Seoane had "the same discipline and compactness" as in the Champions League group game against Atlético Madrid required. For the Swiss, that was a key to the success of Leverkusen, who heeded the words of their coach. With the confidence of a win, the Werkself finally wanted to reconcile their own fans in the league.
The start was promising. Leverkusen disturbed early on and tried to impose their offensive game on the Bremen team, who hadn't been beaten away from home until then. In the first half, a lot went through the two wingers Moussa Diaby and Jeremie Frimpong, who repeatedly put pinpricks with their lightning-fast attacks and were able to put pressure on the Bremen defense. Due to his convincing performance against Madrid, Frimpong was in the starting line-up for Adam Hlozek and was a decisive driving force in the Leverkusen game.
But because the guests also played along, a lively and intense first half developed - with clearer chances for the hosts. Diaby checked for the first time Bremen's Keeper Jiri Pavlenka after ten minutes, further warning shots from Patrik Schick (21st) and Tapsoba (29th) followed. Robert Andrich's header against the crossbar (35') and Frimpong shortly before the break came closest to scoring. Diaby's shot, parried by Pavlenka, fell right in front of the right winger's feet, but he missed the goal from close range against the already beaten goalkeeper of the visiting team.
Demirbay with the guide
However, the guests also got their chances against the high-ranking Leverkusen team, but the shots were often too harmless for the Bayer goalkeeper Luke Hradeckyor passed by.
Despite many chances after the break, the game became a game of patience until Kerem Demirbay's hour struck in the 54th minute. During a break in treatment for former Leverkusen player Mitchell Weiser, Bayer took advantage of a slight overweight on the right flank. Frimpong dusted off the ball, put it inside to Demirbay, who hit the left corner.
Bremen responded, as they often did in the last quarter of an hour, with the help of Bayer goalkeeper Hradecky. The goalkeeper couldn't clear a header from Füllkrug decisively, Veljkovic said thank you and scored from two meters.