DThanks to another record of Kai Havertz, Bayer 04 Leverkusen has returned to the road to success in the race for the Champions League spots. With his fifth goal since the restart of the Bundesliga, the national player in the 54th minute ensured the Werkself’s tedious 1-0 (0-0) success at SC Freiburg on Friday evening. Havertz was the first player under the age of 21 to hit 35 Bundesliga goals.
At the start of the 29th matchday, Leverkusen initially moved up to third place in the table. Coach Christian Streich’s Freiburg, however, remained victorious in the fourth game after the Corona restart and remain in the upper midfield of the league.
“It was a deserved win. We dominated the first half and the second half was also good. It is normal that things get tight in Freiburg, ”said Leverkusen’s Sven Bender. On the other hand, the disappointment was great. “It is extremely bitter. We played a really good game against a very good Leverkusen team. We should have earned a point, ”said SC captain Christian Günter and praised goal scorer Havertz:“ That is the quality he has. That he only needs one situation. “
Hardly getting through for the Bayer youngsters
The highly talented Bayer offensive was extremely difficult to find a gap against the disciplined defending Freiburg. Leverkusen’s coach Peter Bosz had changed his starting line-up from four to four against Wolfsburg. But even 20-year-old Havertz or 17-year-old Florian Wirtz, who had just moved into the first formation, found it difficult to get through.
Freiburg defended as intensely as coach Christian Streich acted on the sidelines. Bayer dominated the game and had almost 80 percent of the ball in the first round alone, but the tireless prank prompted his players to resist permanently. While Bosz watched the game quietly most of the time and rarely made comments, Streich conducted almost every move of his team.
Hradecky prevents Petersen’s equalization
Shortly before the break, the 54-year-old’s commitment was almost rewarded. Freiburg’s Lucas Höler was sent out of nowhere – free in front of Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, the striker didn’t even get the ball on goal, but pushed it past the right post.
They only showed which individual class the guests had in the second round. Less than ten minutes after the restart, Leon Bailey was served in the sixteen by Havertz from Freiburg. The Jamaican claimed the ball in a confined space, forwarded it back to Havertz – and the SC goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow tunneled from the sharpest angle. Shortly thereafter, Havertz had to leave the field slightly chipped.
On the other hand, Streich remained in top form on the sidelines. Whipped by their coach, the team also pushed forward, but Leverkusen also did well. For the first time since March 1, Bosz had again called up international player Jonathan Tah in a Bundesliga game, the central defender showed a solid performance. Shortly before the end, Nils Petersen still had the chance to equalize, but Hradecky was on hand (88th).