Status: 25.04.2022 00:01
Bayer Leverkusen celebrated an important victory in the fight for the Champions League standings at SpVgg Greuther Fürth and thus sealed the relegation of the Francons from the Bundesliga to the 31st matchday.
Werkself prevailed 4-1 (2-1) in Fürth on Saturday (23.04.2022) and thus defended fourth place. With three games left, Fürth have no chance of relegation. “It hurts brutally,” said Fürth sporting director Raschid Azzouzi after the final whistle in an interview with the sports program.
Leverkusen marked the relegation of Fürther
Due to the tense situation in midfield, Bayer started this season for the first time this season with attacking duo Sardar Azmoun and Patrik Schick, who scored four goals in the 7-1 first leg win. Fürth manager Stefan Leitl had only 15 players on the pitch due to injuries and Corona. Up front, Jessic Ngankam was allowed to play alongside Branimir Hrgota.
Schick and Azmoun soon run in deficit
The game started with a Fürther dream start. With the first attack, the hosts took the lead with Jetro Willems. The Dutchman was there when Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky blocked a Ngankam shot and pushed the ball over the line (5 minutes). “Fürth were much better than the first leg,” Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky said in an interview with Sportschau after the final whistle. The two teams’ first meeting this season ended with a 7-1 win for Werkself.
Leverkusen’s response to the first goal was not long in coming: after a corner kick, Schick artistically scored from close range to equalize (8 ‘). It remained an open game in which Bayer gratefully accepted a gift from Fürth in the 18 ‘. Fürth goalkeeper Andreas Linde shot Azmoun, who then easily scored the 2-1 for Bayer after a failed attempt to block. The bottom of the table held up well in the following period and made the game much more balanced than the first leg. But little happened in the two penalty areas for a long time until Schick forced Linde to make a nice save in the 41st minute.
Count Paulinho’s second goal
Even after the team change, both teams initially met at eye level. Paulinho’s counterattack in the 53rd minute was canceled for offside by Moussa Diaby’s assist. Four minutes later, however, the Brazilian strikes again and this time it is the goal that counts. After a strong preparatory work by Azmoun, Paulinho scored the 3-1 goal (58 ‘). Ngankam scored Fürth’s goal almost immediately, but the Fürth striker did not hit the ball well with his volley (60 minutes).
Stefan Leitl from Fürth and a “fucked up” emotional state.
Bayer has now given Fürth more freedom. Tobias Raschl tries from distance, but shoots well over the goal (65 °). Schick instead lost a great chance for 4-1 (68th). The home team continued to play vigorously and caused Leverkusen’s defense a lot of problems. After another missed opportunity by Schick (79 ‘) for Bayer, Greuther Fürth also missed Timothy Tillmann (82’) and Raschl (84 ‘). Substitute Exequiel Palacios scored with a 4-1 long-range shot (85 ‘).
Fürth on Fridays, Bayer on Mondays
While Greuther Fürth will be challenged at Union Berlin next Friday (29 April, 20:30), Leverkusen have three more days to prepare for Matchday 32. Due to the Europa League semi-finals of next opponent Eintracht Frankfurt and the May 1st holidays, Bayer 04 will not welcome Hesse until Monday May 2nd (20:30).