Berlin salvages late draw versus Bayer
Eren Derdiyok’s hat-trick was not enough to seal a win for Bayer Leverkusen as Hertha Berlin salvaged a late 3-3 draw after they had given up a two-goal lead.
After Levan Kobiashvili missed a penalty, Pierre-Michel Lasogga opened the scoring in the seventh minute and an own goal by Omer Toprak in the 17th minute gave Hertha a 2-0 lead.
Derdiyok scored in the 24th, 64th and 79th minutes before Lasogga’s second goal in the 82nd minute meant the spoils were shared.
Hertha were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute when Daniel Schwaab handled Levan Kobiashvili’s cross in the area.
The Georgian stepped up to the spot himself but Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno stopped Kobiashvili’s shot into the bottom right corner and saved his rebound attempt as well.
Hertha got their goal just two minutes later on the counter attack with Peter Niemeyer’s pass from the midfield finding Raffael for a cross to Lasogga, who slotted home with a left-footed shot from 14 yards out.
The advantage was 2-0 after 17 minutes as Nikita Rukavytsya’s ball into the box was headed into his own goal by Leverkusen defender Toprak.
Leverkusen pulled a goal back seven minutes later with Lars Bender’s through ball to Derdiyok, who beat Berlin keeper Thomas Kraft to make it 2-1.
The visitors equalised after 64 minutes with Kraft blocking Andre Schurrle’s shot into the path Derdiyok, who scored with the side of his foot from six yards.
Leverkusen completed the comeback and Derdiyok his hat-trick in the 79th minute as he ran into Sidney Sam’s ball on the counter attack and struck inside the far right post.
But Hertha equalised just three minutes later as Lasogga struck a second time, converting Kobiashvili’s cross at the far post.
Leverkusen pushed forward looking for the victory but Kraft made fine saves from Derdiyok in the 88th and Stefan Kiessling in the 90th minute.