After Borussia Dortmund’s mistake, Bayer Leverkusen could have finished second with a win against Hertha BSC. But the Werkself had a hard time against the capitals.
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Bayer Leverkusen remain undefeated after the ninth Bundesliga matchday, but missed a home win against Hertha BSC. At the end of the game it was 0-0. Bayer Leverkusen is third in the table and overtakes Borussia Dortmund. With a win, Peter Bosz’s team could even have finished second. Lawnball Leipzig remains the first Bayern pursuer, two points behind, in purely tabular form.
Hertha keeper Schwolow saves twice
The game in Leverkusen started lively. Both teams wanted the ball and actively played forward. The weakened replacement Leverkusen, where Lucas Alario and Nadiem Amiri, among others, were out for a short time, but set the tone a little more.
National player Jonathan Tah (r.) On the ball: Bayer Leverkusen didn’t really get going against Hertha in half time. (Source: Chai vd Laage / imago images)
Over time, the game got more chances. Lars Bender (24th) and especially Kerem Demirbay (33rd) had their options. The latter forced Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow to make a brilliant save with his long-range shot.
Shortly before the break, Patrik Schick had the 1-0 on his head. But his attempt after Diaby’s cross steered Schwolow again over the crossbar.
Bender fails shortly before the end
In the second half, Hertha focused on defending – with success. Leverkusen only developed real danger according to standards. Demirbay (56th, 68th) failed with direct free kicks from a good position.
Shortly before the end, Lars Bender had a huge chance on his head. The Bayer captain headed a cross from Demirbay just next to the goal (90 + 3).
After nine match days, Leverkusen now has 19 points, Hertha eight.