ANNOUNCER: After nine goals in their previous two games in all competitions, Leverkusen came into the Rhine Derby with bottom of the table neighbors, Koln, as the odds on favorites. But the visitors, despite no win in the Bundesliga, had been bouyed up midweek with a win in the DFB cup.
Leverkusen were firmly in control of the opening phase of the game. Kevin Volland went closest for the home side in the first 10 minutes. Against the general run of play, Koln surprised everyone, including themselves, by scoring first. A long Frederik Sorensen throw was able to go uninterruptedly to the feet of Sehrou Guirassy, who, after having the miss of the still fairly young season already attributed to himself for his howler against Bremen in the previous game, made no mistake him tucking away his first Bundesliga goal.
Koln rode their good fortune and nearly grabbed a second in the last minute of the half when Simon Zoller, who scored in Koln's cup win, nearly made it two goals in two games. He would have done so were it not for Sven Bender's block.
Being a goal up at half time was a feeling the traveling fans had not had at all in the season to that point. Leverkusen scored five second-half goals in their game at Gladbach the weekend before this game, and seemed to remember that fact as they started a furious second half. The outstanding Bailey, connecting with a Kevin Volland pass, to give the homeside a more than deserved parity.
Leverkusen went from strength to strength. And as Koln's legs tired, they added a second goal with just over a quarter of an hour to play. Sven Bender reacted quickly to score his second league goal for his new club. His first had come against Gladbach the week before. The team in red thought that they'd put the game beyond a shadow of a doubt five minutes from time, when a thunderous run and cross from Leon Bailey, who put in a man-of-the-match performance was turned home by Kevin Volland.
But after consulting with the video assistant referee, the goal was disallowed due to a handball from Bailey. It stayed 2-1. Koln losing for a disappointing eighth time in 10 games, as Leverkusen won their second Rhine Derby in a row.