ANNOUNCER: Heiko Herrlich has fond memories of his days as a prolific striker for Gladbach. As a coach, his Leverkusen team had taken a single point away from home in the Bundesliga this season. Gladbach had won two games in succession, and seemed on their way to another. Thorgan Hazard's cross, and Fabian Johnsons's first goal since March. A lead on seven minutes with their first shot of the game. A sensational start for Gladbach. Leverkusen's half time response to send on Julian Brandt.
Sven Bender's last goal was nearly four years ago for Dortmund. His first for Laverkusen a leveler, three minutes into the second half. Look for Kai Havertz's clever flick on. Before the hour, the game's turning point. A piece of individual brilliance from Leon Bailey, his second Bundesliga goal the lead for Leverkusen, and that goal sparked a Gladbach collapse. On 61 minutes, Havertz's third assist set Brandt free. An excellent finish. It was suddenly 3-1. Brandt's third goal from the bench this season. Through Yann Sommer's legs. An inspired change by coach Herrlich. A fourth came eight minutes later. Wendell provider for Kevin Volland's fifth league this season. Of his 44 top five goals, that's his 12th on the counter-attack. Gladbach in utter disarray.
It got worse, still, before the end. Again that man Brandt involved, his cross turned home by another super sub, Joel Pohjanpalo. All seven of the Finn's top five goals have come from the substitutes bench. Leverkusen's first five goal half for 17 years. What a return for Gladbach for Heiko Herrlich, his first away with Leverkusen.