News : DFB-Pokal – Leverkusen moves into the last sixteen – sport
Last year’s finalist Bayer Leverkusen sent an important sign of life and also impressively underpinned their title ambitions in the DFB Cup. In the second-round catch-up game, the team of coach Peter Bosz defeated the “cup specialists” from Eintracht Frankfurt in an exciting and intense fight with 4: 1 (1: 1) and made it to the round of 16, where they can face a West duel at the fourth division Rot-Weiss Looking forward to eating.
Bayer returned the favor for the unexpected 2-1 defeat ten days ago at Hessen in the Bundesliga and celebrated another success after three games without a win. Frankfurt struggled with the course of the game. “That was very unfortunate. We deserve it 1-0, have the chance to make it 2-0. Then the bitter penalty comes and the game tips,” said Sebastian Rode.
Amin Younes (6th) brought Eintracht, which had reached the semi-finals three times in the past four seasons and surprisingly celebrated the cup victory in 2018 against record winners Bayern Munich, after a remarkable combination in the lead. Bayer striker Lucas Alario (27.) equalized with a hand penalty.
After the break, Edmond Tapsoba (49.) turned the game with his first competitive goal in a Bayer dress. Moussa Diaby (67th and 87th) even increased. National player Jonathan Tah (73rd) saw the red card because of an emergency brake.
Before the game, a personality caused a stir among the guests. Eintracht sports director Fredi Bobic confirmed the return of striker Luka Jovic before kick-off at Sky. The 23-year-old Serb is expected to be loaned by Spanish record champions Real Madrid until the end of the season, subject to a medical examination – Bayer’s captain Charles Aranguiz returned to the squad after an almost three-month break due to injury.
The game in the BayArena tore away from the start. After the first quick attack, the ex-Frankfurt Lukas Hradecky had to reach right behind him. After Erik Durm had put through to Daichi Kamada, the Japanese found the incoming Younes with his cross, who hit the ice cold.
Encouraged by this, Bayer created its first opportunities. Alario missed with a header (10th), Nadiem Amiri checked after nice preparatory work by Diaby Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (12th). But the Werkself defense continued to wobble considerably. In return, Andre Silva defeated national player Jonathan Tah, Hradecky prevented worse.
As a result, Martin Hinteregger (14th), Younes and Kamada (22nd) failed to increase to a two-goal lead they deserved at the time. Frankfurt shone with a number of remarkable moves, a lot of speed and willingness to run. Leverkusen was lucky that referee Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle) rightly decided on a hand penalty after a handball by Durm, which Alario safely converted.
The equalization made the game shares more even. Bayer found the match better and had the best opportunity before half-time with a full cocked shot from the very conspicuous Wendell (41st).
Frankfurt got off to a better start after the break. But Hradecky was there after 43 seconds against Aymane Barkok. Tapsoba used a blackout in the Eintracht defense completely free after a free kick from Kerem Demirbay with a head – Dingert should have decided offside. Moments later Demirbay missed the preliminary decision after a technical delicacy from close range. Diaby did better.