VfB Stuttgart vs. Bayer Leverkusen | 2017-18 Bundesliga Highlights

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Watch Matchday 15 highlights between VfB Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen.

NARRATOR: Stuttgart and Bayer had reasons to be confident. The hosts had only dropped two points at home, the visitors unbeaten in nine. Kai Havertz in good form, with four assists. Kevin Volland, the highest scoring German in the Bundesliga, with nine goals.

Neither team took many early risks. But the game was broken open on 20 minutes, Leon Bailey's darting run and clever pass teeing up Havertz. The 18-year-old's first Bundesliga goal of the season. Only the third time Stuttgart had conceded a goal at home in the league, the first time they'd gone behind on home soil.

So 1-0, Leverkusen, after a rather tepid first half. The teams ramped up the intensity after the break, and Stuttgart forced the visitors back. On 52 minutes, Emiliano Insua let fly. Bernd Leno came up with a world-class save. Leno joined Bayer from Stuttgart. He's never lost against his former club.

Stuttgart continued to apply pressure with a series of set pieces, testing a Bayer defense that had let in 10 goals from dead-ball situations. Just past the hour, Insua tested Leno again. This was a breathtaking display of lightning-quick reflexes.

Leno's opposite number, Ron-Robert Zieler, was making his 200th Bundesliga appearance, and he joined the goalkeeping masterclass on 73 minutes. Zieler and the post combining to deny Benjamin Henrichs his first-ever Bundesliga goal.

With 10 minutes to go, Bayer struck a decisive blow. Bailey's dangerous corner powered into the net by captain Lars Bender. The skipper's second league goal of the campaign, which took a weight off Bayer's shoulders. Leverkusen the first team to beat Stuttgart in Stuttgart in 2017. Heiko Herrlich had been banished to the stands by referee Deniz Aytekin in the second half. But he was all smiles, largely thanks to Leno's heroics