Bayer 04 Leverkusen have made it to the round of 16 in the DFB Cup and after three games without a win they have achieved a sense of achievement. The team of coach Peter Bosz defeated Eintracht Frankfurt ten days after the 1: 2 defeat in the league in the catch-up game of the second round with 4: 1 goals and plays at Rot-Weiss Essen at the beginning of February to make it to the quarter-finals.
Peter Bosz had changed his starting line-up to three positions compared to the 1-1 draw against Bremen. Lars Bender and Wendell played full-backs instead of Dragovic and Sinkgraven, who both found themselves on the bench. In the center of the storm, Lucas Alario replaced Patrik Schick, who had seemed a little dull despite his goal against Bremen. Every spark of fresh energy was needed against the Frankfurt team, who lost 2-1 to Bayer 04 the day after the New Year in the Frankfurt arena. As if the task wasn’t difficult enough, the Werkself quickly made it a little harder. In the sixth minute, the Hessians used a sloppiness of the hosts for a lightning attack on the right attacking side. The ball came to André Silva via Durm and Kamada, who was unable to shoot the ball deep into the penalty area.
Hradecky parried strongly
It continued in this style. Bayer tried almost a little desperately to assert their possession football against the Frankfurt Monster Pressing and only very rarely got into the opposing half. The Eintracht forced ball losses and then played with a few ball contacts in the penalty area. In the 13th minute, Silva made international Tah look terribly bad by simply lobbing him and then appearing alone in front of goalkeeper Hradecky. The Finn reacted great in the direct duel and saved his colleague even more remorse.
Bayer 04 recovered from this only slowly, but after successful actions on the right flank they created opportunities for Alario and Amiri. The hosts themselves gave the hosts their first really big chance. Erik Durm, the forgotten 2014 world champion, got a ball from Leon Bailey in the elbow. Referee Dingert decided without hesitation on a penalty. It was one of his better decisions that evening, the new handball rules require it. Lucas Alario ran up and sank the ball into the left corner to equalize (27th).
This event gave the Leverkusen team a lot of the confidence that had been lost through two defeats and one unsightly draw in a row. In addition, the Hessians lost their dribbler Amin Younes, who was injured after half an hour. Wendell tested national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a long shot before the break. Bayer went into halftime with a tailwind and came back with even more tailwind.
Tah flies from the square
The reward took place in the 49th minute, but with the active help of the referees. Kerem Demirbay, who had taken the game in midfield, hit a 40-yard free kick right on the head of Edmond Tapsoba, who headed the ball into the goal with visibility. Referee Dingert decided resolutely and wrongly: Goal. Bayer 04 led 3-1, although Tapsoba was sidelined. Since the video assistant in the DFB Cup is only used from the round of 16, the decision was upheld. There were also no major discussions on the square. The Werkself would have easily jogged towards the finish line if Jonathan Tah hadn’t fouled Silva on the edge of the box as the last man in the 73rd minute. There was no penalty, but red against Leverkusen, who will probably miss the next two cup games. However, Eintracht rarely managed to put the now dense and deep hosts in danger. Three minutes before the end, Moussa Diaby scored the 4-1 in a counterattack with his second goal.
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