Bayer Leverkusen had the goal. They had the lead. They had the time and chance to make heads turn in this wild start to the Bundesliga and take the top spot on the table. Instead, one mistake sent them crashing back into a five-way tie for the top spot with a 1-1 home draw against RB Leipzig.
Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky was the main man that kept Leverkusen and Leipzig scoreless through the first half. Timo Werner had a couple of chances against Hradecky one-on-one in front of the net, but the Finn proved himself up to the task and pawed away every RB chance. The Nordkurve behind him chanted his name after every save.
Leipzig kept pressing in the second half, but it would be Leverkusen to get on the board first. Charles Aranguiz found Kevin Volland in front for the tap in goal, which got the home crowd going. Just over 20 minutes to go and the top spot on the table would be theirs. But the Bulls would ruin the day 12 minutes later. Christopher Nkunku came off the bench and made his mark on the match with the gentle flick over Hradecky. A similar shot rang the crossbar in the first half, but Nkunku’s shot stayed down and both sides had to settle for the thrilling draw.
After Saturday’s results, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig both have 14 points, as do three other teams. Leipzig is in second with a +8 goal differential (tied with SC Freiburg), while Leverkusen is fifth due to their +4 goal differential.
Gulacsi, Orban (C), Upamecano, Sabitzer (Schick, 63’), Forsberg, Werner (Nkunku, 59‘), Klostermann, Cunha (Poulsen, 70‘), Halstenberg, Laimer, Demme
Unused subs: Mvogo, Saracchi, Haidara, Lookman, Mukiele, Ampadu
Head Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Hradecky, Tah, Bender, Amiri, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz (Demirbay, 89‘), Sinkgraven (Wendell, 45‘), Weiser, Havertz, Volland (C), Bellarabi (Diaby, 76‘)
Unused subs: Özcan, Retsos, Dragovic, Paulinho, Alario, Pohjampalo
Head Coach: Peter Bosz
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