COMMENTATOR: The 65th top flight meeting between Frankfurt and Leverkusen and two real crowd pleasers. Bayer's Kevin Volland, the joint highest scoring German-- Kevin-Prince Boateng got an absolute beauty last weekend.
The Argentinian Lucas Alario was center stage early on. A great free kick from Julian Brandt-- Alario was denied by the upright. The South American distinctly unlucky not to add to his two Bundesliga goals this term.
Frankfurt were being swamped. And only three minutes later, the former River Plate man came agonizingly close again. This time Dominik Kohr with the assist, but the same result. To say the home side's goal was living a charmed life is something of an understatement.
So goalless at the break, Leverkusen's sporting director Rudy Voller no doubt ruing his side's missed chances. But whatever Niko Kovac said at halftime clearly galvanized his players. Ante Rebic forced Bernd Leno into his first save of the match within three minutes of the restart, and a pretty smart one too. A clever subtle assist here from Sebastien Haller.
And finally, Kovac's side had decided to come to the party. [INAUDIBLE] of the hour, the Croatian international tried his luck again, this time on the volley. But again the Leverkusen keeper was up to the task. This save coming at a much more comfortable height.
After that though, Frankfurt faded. And Leverkusen won it 14 minutes from time. Teenager Kai Havertz began the move, expertly picks up Admir Mehmedi. And when his cross found an unmarked [INAUDIBLE], there was only going to be one result.
The striker's fourth goal in his last five games. His side have now netted in 18 successive Bundesliga matches. Frankfurt's first defeat for some seven games, stretching back over two months. At finish Frankfurt 0, Leverkusen 1.