Leverkusen – Frankfurt 2-0 | Two tunnels for Trapp

Bayer 04 Leverkusen are one win from qualifying for the Champions League. With a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the Rhinelanders secured third place. The upcoming task was clearly visible to the guests from Hesse.

Enter: Paulinho overtakes Kevin Trapp with a bit of luck to bring him 1-0.
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For which team the game was significantly more important, it became clear by looking at the lineups. And it should also make itself heard on the lawn. While Leverkusen, who are in the middle of the Champions League race, returned Hincapie (for Bakker) and Andrich (for the injured Demirbay) only after a 4-1 win at relegated Fürth, Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner rotated in style: in the Europa -League semifinal against West Ham United, he made eight changes compared to the first leg in London – only Trapp, Tuta and Kostic remained in the starting line-up.

Precise counterattack in the lead: Paulinho overtakes Trapp

In the SGE attack, Ache celebrated his starting eleven debut for the Hessians after nearly two years, but initially, like the entire Eintracht offensive, he played no role. Leverkusen controlled the game from the start but did not get the passes in the last third. The first attack played by the hosts who had the advantage on the field leads directly to the advantage: after the elongated header by Azmoun and the exceptional hacking of Schick, Diaby had a lot of grass in front of him and served Paulinho in an exemplary manner with his instep off the far post, the Brazilian misses Trapp with a little luck the tunnel (18.).

The goal hasn’t changed much in the static of the game. Leverkusen remained more vigilant in the duels, but held too little to the change situations that have been repeated: Schick is offside when he scored (34 ‘), Andrich from a standstill (40’). For more than half an hour, Frankfurt’s offensive game consisted almost entirely of simple ball losses, Eintracht only entered play gradually in the finals of the first half and had a presentable opportunity to equalize with Hauge shortly before. of the rest whistle (42 °).

What counts is Schick’s goal after the intervention of the VAR

The Norwegian then remained in the locker room at half-time, along with Tuta and Kostic, the only two outside players to have started in London. Lammers comes into play, among others, who has his stake in the next Leverkusen goal: the joker loses the ball against Kossounou in front of his own penalty area and Diaby puts it in favor of Schick, who misses Trapp’s return shot of the day (51 ‘). The team of referees initially decided it was offside, which Hasebe clearly overruled: Bayer 04 were leading 2-0 after the intervention of the VAR.

goals and cards

1: 0Paulinho (18 ‘, left foot, Diaby)

2: 0Schick (51 ‘, right foot, Diaby)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen


Eintracht Frankfurt


referee team

Beniamino Corto

Beniamino Corto
Roethenbach and Pegnitz

game information

As a result, Werkself withdrew, got a little passive at times and repeatedly gave Frankfurt half chances. But the penetration strength of the guests was not enough, at the latest in the final phase Leverkusen were much closer to scoring the third goal of the match: Schick alone (79 ‘, 80’, 83 ‘) could have scored early decision, Azmoun (71st), Tah (75th) and substitute Alario (90th + 2) had good chances for the 3-0.

Leverkusen just needs another win

Frankfurt were no longer battling defeat in the finals, the focus was already clearly on Thursday, when the Europa League semi-final second leg against West Ham United (21:00) is scheduled. In the Bundesliga, the Hessians continue on Sunday (15:30) with an insignificant home game against Mönchengladbach, while Leverkusen already play at TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday (15:30). Given that Leipzig lost the parallel match to Mönchengladbach, Leverkusen would certainly have qualified for the Champions League with a win in Kraichgau.

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