Leverkusen ease past Leipzig to jump on 3rd in Bundesliga

2021-November-29 19:12 By: Xinhua

BERLIN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Bayer Leverkusen jumped up to third in the Bundesliga standings after moving 3-1 past Leipzig with goals from Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby and Jeremie Frimpong on Sunday.

Leipzig took over from the kick-off, but Leverkusen looked dangerous on counterattacks as Amine Adil's deep through-ball found Diaby, who finished the job with 8 minutes gone. The opener was revoked though by the video assistant referee.

Leverkusen broke the deadlock after Wirtz traded passes with Exequiel Palacios before slotting home from 7 meters in the 21st minute.

The "Werkself" was a menace on fast breaks and almost doubled its advantage five minutes later when Diaby's long-range effort went narrowly wide.

Diaby remained in the thick of things and made it eventually two at the half-hour mark after he processed Jonathan Tah's long ball before beating Leipzig goalkeeper Josep Martinez.

After the restart, Leipzig turned up and came to chances through Konrad Laimer, who forced Leverkusen goalie Lukas Hradecky into action in the 47th minute, and Christopher Nkunku, who pulled wide with 55 minutes played.

Leipzig was able to turn its chances into a tangible reward at the hour mark as Andre Silva headed home Nkunku's cross to halve the deficit.

Leverkusen remained unimpressed and restored its two-goal lead only moments later when Frimpong's deflected shot on target caught Martinez flat-footed.

The visitors had a golden chance to extend their lead in the 72nd minute but Diaby rattled only the woodwork.

Leipzig then got a handball penalty awarded 88 minutes into the encounter and squandered the opportunity to reduce the arrears as Dominik Szoboszlai hammered the ball onto the left post.

"Compliments to the team. It was overall a very good performance. We defended and countered well," Leverkusen head coach Gerardo Seoane said.

With the result, Leipzig slip to eighth. Enditem

Editor: GSY
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