Live Blog: Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Gladbach just a little too much for Leverkusen with big home crowd support and Leverkusen without Chicharito and Kiessling, the Foals win 2-1 with Lars Stindl knocking in the game-winner

Lars Stindl plays BMG hero shortly after Leverkusen equalizer, so quickly he puts the Foals back in the lead, 2-1,

Whoa, just after coming in for injured Charles Aranrguiz, Joel Pohjanpalo levels for Leverkusen 1-1 81

Charles Arguiz takes a knock and comes out, hope he’s ok, Joel Pohanpalo comes in for him

74′ Stindl and Bellarabi see yellow for some silliness, Johnson draws another foul and yellow card on Wendell

67′ Fabian Johnson drawing fouls in dangerous areas since coming in for Gladbach

Really like Kevin Kampl, just so industrious and skilled, Mehmedi and Brandt coming on 63′ for Calhanoglu and Volland

60′ At the hour mark, Fabian Johnson in for Ibrahima Traore, BMG overall looks just a 1/2 step faster but that may be due to big home crowd support

58′ Wendell cross delfecdts for CK, Calhanoglu with a decent FK but LEV kept off the scoreboard

56′ Karim Bellarabi called for offside after fine Kampl throughball, oops, that was close

54′ Big save by Bernd Leno on Raffael dangerous FK

Belllarabi on the counter has a go of it after Kampl chance a few minutes before, but no go and BMG lead 1-0 still

47′ Janick Vestergaard a HT substitute for Tony Jantschke

HT: BMG finish the 1st half with a 1-0 lead, ahead in shots 8-6, possession 53%, slight edge in tackles won, LEV lead in crosses 6-1 and have slight edge in tracking

45′ ANDRE HAHN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TORRRRR !!! LEV sluggish after stop in play, BMG takes advantage

44′ Bernd Leno comes up big against Andre Hahn, whose 1st touch gave Leno a chance to block the shot

42′ Ibrahima Traore cuts left from right, ala Arjen, but his shot his easily saved by Bernd Len0 0-0

41′ Yellow card to Kramer, Calhanoglu good FK, Tah with yet another headed shot on goal, unlucky not to score

37′ Soft foul on Hakan Calhanoglu by Kramer, but HC FK is pedestrian, still 0-0

34′ Jonathan Tah with a headed shot following Volland Ck

33′ Still scoreless at Borussia Park, not many quality chances, but there’s a good effort by Karim Bellarabi, nice moves, good Sommer save

That new hair coloring for Omer Toprak is not a good luck, is it?

27′ BMG have had 54% possession so far, completing passes at a slighter higher rate, and have the edge in shots taken

24′ Ibrahima Traore with an offbalance shot

Raffael, BMG hero last season
Raffael, BMG hero last season

 

21′ There’s Raffael, stings Leno’s hand with a shot from close range form the left, Wendt follows up on the rebound but no go

19′ Raffael has been hot so far this season in CL playin and Pokal, but getting little of the ball so far

17′ Kevin Volland with a shot but not much to it and easily handled by Sommer

14′ A cautious feel to this match so far, huge match to start the season for both clubs 0-0

8′ LEV having more of the play in the opponent’s third thus far, but now Traore on the break before a poor pass from the former VfB man

6′ Jonathan Tah stabs at ball from close range after Volland CK but can’t quite close enough to score

5′ Hot day at Borussia Park, imagine there will be some water breaks as there were in the earlier BuLi matches, Karim Bellarabi unleashes a shot from the right in the box,

3′ Kampl to Bellarabi in BMG territory, but Foals handle the mild threat

Here we go, the two Champions League clubs kick off at Borussia Park, BMG in white kit, LEV in red

Bayer Staring Xi – Leno, Toprak, Tah, Wendell, Jedvaj, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Calhanoglu, Kampl, Bolland, Bellarabi … Subs: Hilbert, Papadopoulos, Ozacan, Mehmedi, Pohjanpalo, Brandt, Henrichs

BMG Starting XI- Sommer, Christensen, Jantschke, Elvedi, Kramer, Strobl, Stindl, Wendt, Traore, Raffael,  Hahn  ….Subs: Johnson, Sippel, Herrmann, Dahoud, Hazard, Vestergaard, Hofmann

Match Facts: Leverkusen handed Andre Schubert his first defeat last season after taking over BMG from Lucien Favre on MatchDay 6

-World Cup champion Christoph Kramer returns to the Foals, where he played on loan from Leverkusin in 2014/2015 season

– Mexican international Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandez, who brought so much excitement to the BayArena last season,  is sidelined for two weeks  with a fractured hand

– BMG and Leverkusen each have two wins and a draw in their last 5 meetings

 

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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