Bundesliga: Will Leverkusen consolidate its European place against Augsburg?

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41. MinuteAfter an attack from the right, the ball actually comes into the center of the FCA penalty area. Schick wants to close from six meters, but two Augsburgers are with him and block the ball.

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 The  first half is not over yet, but Leverkusen’s coach Bosz is probably already “writing” at his break address.

40. MinuteCaligiuri flicks the ball over the opposing goal with his right hand kick.

Yellow card
39. MinuteCharles Aranguiz fouls Pedersen on the edge of the box and sees a yellow card. It is his third warning this season.

38. MinuteWith a flank change, Benes puts Pedersen in a promising situation.

37. MinuteIn this phase of the game, the level of play becomes weaker. In the direct duels in midfield, things are rougher. Referee Dingert is called upon to intervene quickly whenever it goes beyond what is allowed.

35. MinuteTen minutes before the break, a lack of ideas is the trump card at Leverkusen. © www.de24.news

 The  team of coach Peter Bosz simply cannot find a means to “crack” the very tight defending Augsburg in the box.

33. MinuteLaszlo Benes takes the free kick with the left. © www.de24.news

 The  ball flies high over the wall – and the Leverkusen goal.

Yellow card
32. MinuteEdmond Tapsoba receives his second yellow card this season for the foul on Caligiuri.

31. MinuteFree kick for Augsburg in a promising position. Caligiuri goes down in the center just 20 meters from the gate.

29. MinuteDemirbay tries in vain against two opponents on the left side of the penalty area. Augsburg again prevents the guests from entering the box. With the defensive performance of his team, FCA coach Heiko Herrlich can be really very satisfied up to this point.

27. MinuteGoalkeeper Gikiewicz hits the ball from his penalty area far into the opponent’s half. Niederlechner prevails in the penalty area in a running duel with Sven Bender, but his shot from 14 meters flies just over the Leverkusen goal.

27. MinuteEven after 30 minutes, this game is waiting for its second climax. © www.de24.news

 The  first, the gate, was a long time ago (5th).

25. MinuteNow Augsburg quickly countered after winning the ball in their own half, but in the end Caligiuri was just offside when Benes passed the ball.

25. MinuteAugsburg really rarely makes it into the front third of the field. Only a good 15 percent of what happens with the ball takes place there.

23. MinuteAfter the following free kick, Sven Bender shoots past the FCA box from 15 meters and from a turn.

22. MinuteFree kick for Leverkusen in the right half-field after a foul on Demirbay. © www.de24.news

 The  culprit Mats Pedersen apologizes to the opponent for his tackle, from referee Dingert there is a warning. So far, the referee has led a fair encounter.

20. MinuteEven if Leverkusen can break through to the baseline – usually on the left – Augsburg manages to prevent dangerous passes into the center.

18. MinuteAfter just under 20 minutes, Leverkusen played three times as many passes as the hosts (150: 50). © www.de24.news

 The  pressure on the defense of the Bavarian Swabians is correspondingly great, but they can withstand it.

16. MinuteLeverkusen has almost 75 percent possession of the ball and is clearly ahead of the game in the duels it has won. But the defensive behavior already described is enough for the Augsburgers at the moment (quickly behind the ball, close the rooms) to give Leverkusen no chances to finish.

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 The  picture on the field has remained unchanged since the home side’s goal: Leverkusen attacks again and again, but the guests regularly get stuck in front of the penalty area in the tight defense of the Herrlich-Elf. © www.de24.news

 The  statistics do not yet show any results from Bayer 04.

13. MinuteAugsburg intercepts the ball after the standard kicked flat, but this time does not manage to drive a counterattack.

12. MinuteWendell wins a corner against Gouweleeuw on the left.

10. MinuteLeverkusen tries to get past the hosts’ defensive line on the wings. So far, the flanks have mostly been sent from the half-field. And they do not cause any danger in the Augsburg penalty area.

8. MinuteWith a lot of willingness to run, the FCA does not leave any free spaces in the last third of the pitch when the Leverkusen player has possession.

6. MinuteAugsburg will now – with the leadership in their luggage – break away from its compact defensive basic order even less than previously thought. Leverkusen is therefore required to keep up the pace in the attacks in order to be able to play gaps in the FCA defense.

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5. MinuteToooor! FC AUGSBURG – Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0. Ojeee, Niklas Lomb! © www.de24.news

 The  keeper of the guests makes a hair-raising mistake after a back pass into his goal area after a counterattack by the Augsburgers had already been stopped. He wants to shoot the ball out of the penalty area without high pressure from the opponent, but tripped the ball with his leg. Florian Niederlechner takes advantage of this mistake, he pushes into the empty goal from a few meters. It is his third goal this season.

4. MinuteA first free kick of the game – after a foul on Demirbay – cleared the hosts with a head in the penalty area.

3. MinuteOnly striker Niederlechner presses deep in the opposing half with Augsburg. His colleagues from midfield only attack the Leverkusen-based team around the middle line.

2. MinuteLeverkusen tried to take control of the action right from the start with a lot of possession.

Kickoff

1. MinuteIt starts. Kickoff.

Before the game startsLeverkusen is now the second team on the pitch. © www.de24.news

 The  captains are Gouweleeuw with the hosts and Aranguiz with Bayer 04. Both are active in choosing sides.

Before the game startsReferee Christian Dingert from Gries in Rhineland-Palatinate whistled seven Bundesliga games this season. For the first time today, he will face Augsburg and Leverkusen. VAR is Tobias Stieler from Hamburg.

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 The re are less than ten minutes, then the duel between the two troubled Bundesliga clubs begins. © www.de24.news

 The  external conditions in Augsburg are very good: the sun shines at 13 degrees Celsius.

Before the game startsIf Leverkusen was still in third place after the first half of the season, things are going rather badly for the Bosz team in the second half of the season: Only one win has been achieved in the past four games. With four points, Bayer 04 scored just one more than Augsburg, who are currently 15th in the second half of the season. © www.de24.news

 The  FCA lost six of the last seven games – including the home game two weeks ago against VfL Wolfsburg (0-2).

Before the game startsAugsburg could celebrate a premiere today: the Bavarian Swabians have never managed to beat Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. In 19 games so far, there have been 13 defeats and six draws. In the first leg there was a 3-1 win for the Rhinelander, but only in the final phase with goals from Alario (74th), who also made it 1-0 in the first half, and Diaby (90th + 4th ) ensured. Caligiuri scored 1: 1 before the break.

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 The  teams around Leverkusen in the table have all won their games on this match day. For Bayer 04 this means that a win (it would be the eleventh this season) has to be achieved in order to keep the gap to the top four at three points. Augsburg could move up to 11th place today with a “threesome” if Bremen and Hoffenheim share the points in a direct duel in the evening. In any case, the lead on the relegation zone would be increased.

Before the game startsLeverkusen played in the Europa League during the week (3: 4 in Bern). After this game, coach Peter Bosz swaps his entire back four: For Frimpong, Tah, Dragovic and Sinkgraven, as recently in the Bundesliga, Fosu-Mensah, Tapsoba and Wendell are there. Sven Bender is playing instead of Tah – it’s his starting line-up comeback after recovering from injury. © www.de24.news

 The re are also changes on the offensive: Alario is not there, Schick begins for him. Niklas Lomb is again in goal, replacing the ailing goalkeeper Hradecky, who had to go out against Mainz (2-2) at the break. For Lomb it is the first Bundesliga game from the start. Bailey and Diaby face yellow card bans. Arias, Baumgartlinger, Lars Bender and Paulinho are not there due to their injuries. Amiri is sick.

Before the game startsThis is the first eleven of the guests from Leverkusen: Lomb – Fosu-Mensah, Sven Bender, Tapsoba, Wendell – Demirbay, Aranguiz, Wirtz – Bailey, Schick, Diaby. Trainer: Bosz.

Before the game startsWith the hosts, Raphael Framberger is back in the starting line-up today after a torn muscle fiber. He had been absent there since December. With Oxford, Suchy, Gumny, Gruezo and Hahn, five players rotated out of the initial formation after the 1: 2 in Leipzig – they all find themselves on the bench. In addition to Framberger, Uduokhai, Khedira, Vargas and Niederlechner join the team. Finnbogason, Moravek and Iago are not in the squad because of their injuries. Caligiuri and Khedira face yellow card suspensions.

Before the game startsThis is how FC Ausgburg tackles the game: Gikiewicz – Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen – Khedira, Strobl – Caligiuri, Benes, Vargas – Niederlechner. Trainer: Great.

Before the game startsWelcome to the Bundesliga for the 22nd matchday encounter between FC Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen.





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