Coach Heiko Herrlich can breathe for the time being at Bayer Leverkusen thanks to Kevin Volland. The former National Storm scored both hits (76, 83) in the 2:0 (0:0) victory against the table last VfB Stuttgart and gave the battered Bayer coach some air again.
After the second home victory of the season, the Rhineland first rank ten, the distance to the European League ranks is five. Points and could become bigger again during the weekend.
VfB trainer Markus Weinzierl, who at 2:0 against 1. FC Nuremberg had celebrated the first victory under his direction before the national game break, but collected the next setback.
The frighteningly harmless swings kept the Red Lantern after the eighth season downfall.
“We wanted to take something with us. We managed to keep them relatively far from our gate. Unfortunately, we fall asleep at the standard situation that leads to the goal,”said Stuttgart’s former national player Dennis Aogo:”The situation is absolutely unsatisfactory for all of us.”
The reunited wing duo from the last strong-form Karim Bellarabi, who was back in the starting eleven after surviving leg injury, and Fully did the host good.
Bayer had significantly more ball ownership and moved his game in person of the prominent creative director Kai Havertz to his outdoor positions, many of which did not find a customer in the center. Stuttgart was initially too harmless in the end
Bayer Leverkusen in the end
Volland, after a double pass with Bellarabi, gave the first Bavarian chance of ten meters (7.), national player Havertz failed with a shot from the sixteenth line to VfB-Keeper Ron-Robert Zieler (12.).
Beautifully demanded “passion” and “intensity” for the 24.632 spectators could be seen in the beginning, but the finish and last pass of the hosts were clearly too weak.
Thus both Tin Jedvaj (30) and Volland (34.) awarded from close proximity to the goal. Prior to that, the referee Robert Schroeder (Hannover) had correctly withdrawn a given measure of action against the guests after an unusually long consultation with the “Cologne cellar”.
Emiliano Insua had received the ball at the ball outside the penalty area (14.), the next free kick did not bring anything.
VfB Stuttgart also in passage two to passive
The VfB reacted more to the change after a first half without a gate chance also than that it acted. Bayer settled down in the guest half, but at first there was little danger.
Charles Aranguiz almost missed the goal with a free kick (56.), the incoming finish failed when after a well-played counter he did not hit the empty goal (60.).
Better he did it a good quarter of an hour later, when he nodded into the right corner after a Havertz flank. His 15-metre shot made the decision shortly afterwards.