Leverkusen thumps Bayern to extend lead atop Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen dominated Bayern Munich at home on Saturday in one of the most anticipated soccer matches of the weekend. The hosts entered the weekend leading the Bundesliga standings by just two points over the German giants.

Die Werkself has surprised many in the sport by topping the table this late in the current campaign. Nevertheless, Xabi Alonso’s club has had an incredible season so far and has even not lost a single match on the season. This includes 20 total league matchups and 10 other fixtures.

The start of the much-anticipated matchup between the top two German teams was delayed due to fan protests. Supporters inside the stadium threw candy onto the pitch in response to recent news regarding broadcasting rights. The match was initially scheduled to start at 12:30 PM (ET) but did not officially begin until eight minutes later.

Hosts take the lead after a slow start to the match

The fan protests seemed to affect the two teams at the start of the game. After the match finally kicked off, the sides could not put together any real dangerous offensive chances. In fact, the first shot in the fixture came in the 11th minute when Amine Adli sent a tame strike towards Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.

However, the hosts finally took the lead in the 19th minute through an unlikely source. Leverkusen started the move with a throw-in deep into Bayern territory. Robert Andrich collected the pass and sent a low cross into the area. The ball initially went through Dayot Upamecano’s legs and all the way to Josip Stanisic.

Finding himself free on goal, the defender finished the play with an emphatic strike. Oddly enough, Stanisic is actually on loan at Leverkusen from Bayern. In an unusual move, the young Croatian was permitted to face his parent club. The goal was Stanisic’s first score since netting for Bayern on the final matchday of the 2021/22 campaign.

Leverkusen eventually took the narrow 1-0 lead into the halftime break. The hosts did…


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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2024-02-10 21:07:08

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