After a slapstick insert from substitute goalkeeper Niklas Lomb, Bayer Leverkusen suffered another major setback in the battle for the coveted Champions League places.
Bayer downward trend continues
Bayer is losing sight of the premier class more and more. After the seventh winless Bundesliga game this year, the ambitious Werkself are five points behind fourth Frankfurt.
FCA had already taken the lead in the 5th minute through Florian Niederlechner in front of national coach Joachim Löw. He took advantage of a catastrophic mistake Lombs made in his second league appearance: The 27-year-old stepped over the ball with a back pass, Niederlechner only had to push into the empty goal. Tapsoba was there late.
For FCA and coach Heiko Herrlich, it was an important point after six defeats from seven games in the relegation battle. At Bayer, however, the downward trend continues unabated.
After the wild 3: 4 in the Europa League at YB Bern, Bosz made six changes in the starting line-up. For the first time in three months, the long-injured Sven Bender came back into action. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was missing again. After the 1: 2 in Leipzig, Herrlich switched to five positions.
Schick gives a big chance before the break
The Werkself put a lot of pressure on, but the too playful Leverkusen team only became dangerous once before the break when Patrik Schick didn’t hit the ball properly (41st).
Otherwise there was a lack of speed, ideas and accuracy in the actions of the guests to undo the well-staggered FCA defense. Niederlechner had the best chance again in one of the few Augsburg counterattacks. However, he shot over the goal free standing (27th).
After the move, Bayer started more determined. Moussa Diaby failed twice because of Rafal Gikiewicz. On the other hand, the FCA was happy about a penalty kick (54th), but referee Christian Dingert reversed the decision after a video review because of a previous offside position.
The Augsburgers defended passionately and remained dangerous with their occasional counterattacks – in the end, Bayer struck anyway.
(SID) / Picture: Imago