Leverkusen truncates its streak and moves away from second place

Bayer Leverkusen missed the opportunity to threaten second place of Borussia Dortmund after seeing the streak of four consecutive victories truncated this Friday losing 3-2 to Mainz, in a match in which the visitors were worth nothing to get ahead on the scoreboard twice.

The Mainz showed that it not only stands out for its defensive strength, as evidenced by its status as the team with the fewest goals scored in the Bundesliga, but also It also has a dangerous attack, in which he played a leading role the Spanish side Aarón Martín.

If in the first part the incursions down the left wing of the Espanyol youth squad did not find a finisher, in the second Aaron Martín showed that he stands out for his verticality and because he has a magnificent shot with the ball.

He showed it at 57 minutes in a sensational free-kick that served the locals to equalize the goal of the Czech Patrick Schick which allowed Bayer Leverkusen to reach half-time ahead (0-1).

A goal not without some fortune since the long shot Schick, who added his twentieth goal of the season, ended up in the net after hitting French central defender Moussa Niakhate in the leg.

But neither Mainz nor Aarón Martín were willing to leave empty in a match in which the locals had arrived more and with more danger than Leverkusen in the rival area in the first forty-five minutes.

Only the lack of success of the Danish Bo Svensson, determined to crash with the visiting goalkeeper, the Finnish Lukas Hradecky, explained the advantage of a Bayer Leverkusen, which was nothing like the overwhelming set who had been victorious in their four previous league games.

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Aaron Martín’s free-kick goal seemed to give the locals wings, that three minutes later, in the 60th minute, they were able to get ahead on the scoreboard in a lateral free kick launched by the Spanish player that the Austrian striker Karim Onisiwo headed into the net.

A goal that did not get on the scoreboard, after seeing how the referee, at the request of the VAR, annulled the play for offside.

A blow for Mainz, who almost without reaction time found himself behind again in the light after the goal of the Argentine Lucas Alario, who replaced the injured Schick and who signed the momentary 1-2 at 74 minutes.

But the locals did not give up and managed to definitively turn the match around with goals from the Dutchman Jean-Paul Boëtius and the Danish Marcus Ingvartsen, which established the final 3-2 with two minutes to go before the conclusion.

A result that ended the streak of those of the Swiss coach of Spanish origin Gerardo Seoane, who lost the opportunity to approach a Borussia Dortmund that occupies second place with five points more than Bayer Levekusen and that has one less game.


Lucas Alario (48′, Schick), Stoeger (68′, Lee Jae-Sung), paulo henrique (70′, Amine Adli), Aranguiz (70′, Kerem Demirbay), Boetius (81′, Kohr), Delano Burgzorg (81′, Jonathan Burkhardt), Marcus Ingvartsen (81′, Karim Onisiwo), Leandro Barreiro Martins (91′, Anton Stach)


0-1, 34′: Schick1-1, 56′: Aaron Martin1-2, 73′: Lucas Alario2-2, 83′: Boetius3-2, 87′: Marcus Ingvartsen


Referee: Benjamin Cortes
VAR Referee: Tobias Welz
Amine Adli (30′, Yellow) Kerem Demirbay (55′, Yellow) Aaron Martin (65′, Yellow) Marcus Ingvartsen (94′, Yellow

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