Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund – BVB Come Back From the Dead

After an astonishingly beautiful spectacle against 1. FC Nuremberg on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund are travelling to neighbors Bayer Leverkusen for the MATCHDAY 5 of the Bundesliga. Lucien Favre’s men are going to benefit from the momentum they raised so far. It’s is very probable that Favre will use a similar squad to last Match-day’s. How is Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund game going to look like?

Line-ups

Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Kohr, L. Bender (c) – Brandt, Havertz, Volland – Alario
subs: Özcan, Dragovic, Kiese Thelin, Schreck, Jedvaj, Paulinho , Bailey
Coach: Heiko Herrlich

Dortmund: Bürki – Hakimi, Akanji, Diallo, Zagadou – Witsel, Delaney – Pulisic, Reus (c), Bruun Larsen – Philipp
subs: Hitz, Guerreiro, Wolf, Weigl, Dahoud, Sancho, Alcacer Coach: Lucien Favre

Bayern Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Highlights

1′ Kick off in Leverkusen, Let’s go!

3′ Leverkusen are playing a very offensive football. Their first cross didn’t find a striker though.

5′ Witsel clears a very dangerous ball as Akanji fails to put weight on the ball for the clearance.

6′ Yellow card for Borussia Dortmund’s Delaney after a late challenge on Kevin Volland.

7′ A very dangerous chance again for Leverkusen. A corner ball fall in the middle of the penalty area. Zagadou clears.

9′ Weiser scores a goal for Leverkusen. Borussia Dortmund lost the ball in the midfield. A quick counter saw Weiser put the ball in the back of the net. Bayer Leverkusen lead 1-0.

12′ Borussia Dortmund answer with a few attacks but no danger on the goalkeeper. Bayer Lerverkusen are still pushing forward with numbers.

18′ Alario’s header is easily picked up by Roman Burki after a cross from Weiser.

24′ Bayer Leverkusen are still pressing very high and making it difficult for Borussia Dortmund to break.

25′ Real chance for Dortmund. Marco Reus plays a ball towards Philipp who tries to isolate the goal keeper. Wendell makes an accurate challenge to stop that.

29′ Borussia Dortmund start to make more chances. Bayer Leverkusen’s pressing game isn’t as intense as in the first 24 minutes.

36′ Freekick for Borussia Dortmund at a very dangerous spot. Marco Reus takes his chance. The ball is curled towards the bottom left but Bayer’s keeper intervenes. 

39′ Second goal for Bayer Leverkusen. Johnathan Tah takes advantage of a deflected ball and score a goal. Bayer Leverkusen lead 2-0.

47′ Referee sends both teams to the locker rooms for half time. Bayer Leverkusen 2, Borussia Dortmund 0.


Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund second half

46′ Mahmoud Dahoud is in for Delaney. The second half starts. Let’s go BVB.

48′ Almost there! Bruun Larsen puts it on a silver plate for Reus who strikes over the crossbar.

50′ Brandt intercepts a ball and runs toward the goal. His shot is cleared by Roman Burki’s fingertips.

54′ What a miss! The left post keeps Dortmund in game as Kevin Volland takes a 25 yard strike.

58′ Now we have a game! Every team is taking their turn to attack, the game is heating up.

62′ Paco Alcacer comes in to replace Maximilian Philipp.

65′ Borussia Dortmund decrease the lead. Harkimi crosses the ball towards Marco Reus. His strike comes off the gloves of the goal keeper. Bruun Larsen was in the right place to put it in the back of the net. Leverkusen 2 – Dortmund 1.

67′ The game is really getting serious. Jadon Sancho is in for Christian Pulisic.

jadon sancho comes in to replace pulisic huge turn in the game

69′ Marco Reus scores a GOAL! 2 minutes in and Sancho plays a sensational assist to Marco Reus who finishes it clinically. It’s the equalizer 2-2.

70′ With Bayer Leverkusen players panicking, a double substitution is made. Leon Bailey in for Lucas Alario. Tin Jedvaj in for Mitchell Weiser.

72′ A shot by Paco Alcacer almost makes it 2-3. Ball goes wide.

75′ Borussia Dortmund are playing a very strong second half. The fans are enjoying the game. It’s a 100% Dortmund ambiance here in Leverkusen.

79′ Another change for Leverkusen. Paulinho in to replace Julian Brandt.

85′ That’s what we have been waiting for! What a cross from Hakimi! What a goal from Paco Alcacer. Borussia Dortmund are leading 2-3.

Paco Alcacer celebrating goal with Achraf Hakimi

90′ We are awaiting the Final whistle. Referee adds 4 minutes. Leverkusen are going up with all they have.

93′ A very dangerous corner kick for Leverkusen. The Bayer goalkeeper is hesitating whether to participate. He decides to stay at the center.

94′ PACO ALCACER SEALS THE GAME. A counter attack by Jadon Sancho sees the ball to Alcacer who has an empty net in front of him. He comfortably places the ball making it a Borussia Dortmund win over leverkusen 2-4. Referee makes the decision to end it there. What a game. Surely the players are ecstatic. The fans are singing. It’s Borussia Dortmund territory now!

Players Performances

Although Borussia Dortmund tried to play a very aggressive game in the first half, they were countered by Bayer Leverkusen’s enthusiasm. Therefore, Borussia Dortmund kept losing the ball in the midfield due to Leverkusen’s high pressure. Both Bayer Leverkusen goals are out of luck and good positioning. The first half is one to forget for Lucien Favre’s men.

In the second half, and with the introduction of Mahmoud Dahoud, Borussia Dortmund start to find themselves in the pitch. The ball is flowing from defense to offense effortlessly. In addition to that, after 2 minutes of Jadon Sancho’s introduction, the Englishman executes a fine play with club captain Marco Reus. Thus, the veteran finisher score the first goal. Lucien Favre introduces Paco Alcacer to put more weight forward. With Hakimi’s runs forward, Borussia Dortmund find the back of the net again thanks to Bruun Larsen. Afterwards, the game became Dortmund’s to play. The team seemed more composed and able to produce more chances. Again Hakimi’s runs are made the best of by strikers. In fact, the second goal comes from Achraf Hakimi’s cross met with a finish by Paco Alcacer. Borussia Dortmund lead is being protected furiously in the last minutes of the game but there wasn’t a decrease in the attacking powerhouse. In the last minutes, Paco Alcacer scores in an open net finish the game. Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund games is ended 2-4. A very magical comeback. 

For the performances, Schmelzer absence made it difficult to create chances as he was replaced by Diallo. As for the defense, the Akanji Zagadou duo has proved it’s efficiency one again.  In addition, Hakimi is the real deal in the right side. He played 90 minutes of attacking football that lead to chances. Delaney failed to push the ball forward as he was helping Witsel in the midfield. Axel Witsel played a very important role in the second half to keep the ball away from Dortmund goal. Mahmoud Dahoud has allowed more game forward with his charismatic style. Pulisic couldn’t find his rythm, but Sancho did. His introduction made him set up two goals. Bruun Larsen played a good game and scored the equalizer. Philipp was substituted after failing to make an impact. Paco Alcacer scored two goals after playing 30 minutes. As for the team leader, the captain Marco Reus is what makes Dortmund work like a real unity. What’s important now is consistency. We hope Borussia Dortmund continue with their flow. This ends the game of Bayern Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund.

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