Bayer Leverkusen has in his anniversary game in the Europa League a good starting position for the entry into the quarter-finals negligent negligently and is now under pressure.
The team of coach Gerardo Seoane lost the 50th appearance in the “Little Europapokal” in the eighth final first leg at Atalanta Bergamo after a massive performance drop more than happy “only” with 2: 3 (1: 2).
Charles Aranguiz (11th) brought Leverkusen to the lead in the atmospheric Stadio di Bergamo. In the middle of the first half, Ruslan Malinowskyj (23.) turned and Luis Muriel (25th) but from nothing the game. Muriel (49.) Increased shortly after the break with his second goal against a now temporarily Desolate Werkself. Moussa Diaby (63.) was completely surprising but still the important second hits for the guests.
“It was a wild ride and a swab of the feelings,” Seaane said at “RTL”. The second leg next Thursday (18.45 clock) in the Bayarena will “be a tight crate. I am convinced that we can do it if we have a good day. We need a really good performance.”
Not available Seoane on Thursday evening midfielder Robert Andrich (irritation in the knee). Likewise, Karim Bellarabi and continued scorer Patrik Schick (both muscle fiber rupture), Kerem Demirbay sat down a Rotsperre.
Atalanta belonged to the first moments of the game. With the first approach through Malinowskyj Bayer captain and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky had no problems. Bayer, Bayer wondered the pace, showed a game of play and pushed the game in the first 20 minutes.
Leverkusen shocked after double
The first dangerous possibility of the guests was a standard situation: Aranguiz Schlzte a free-kick on the posts (9th). A few moments later he rewarded the strong initial phase of the Leverkusener with a placed flat shot after a beautiful preliminary work of young international Florian Wirtz.
Then the so-sure Leverkusen ice cold was caught. With brutal efficiency and supported by a deep sleep phase in the Bayer defensive, Malinowskyj and Muriel freestanded against the powerless Hradeck.
Leverkusen looked shocked, tried it for a short time with anger in the stomach. Edmond Tapsoba shratched a long-distance shot (28.), also Diaby from pointed angle moments later.
Hradecky saves Bayer several times
Hradecky prevented on the opposite side against the strong Muriel, who had previously left Jonathan Tah, worse (39.). Through further parades against Teun Koopmeiners (42.) and Davide Zappacosta (44th), the Finnish national goalkeeper became the best Leverkusener.
After the side change Bayer then had massive problems against further extremely pushing hosts. Muriel increased with a beautiful shot of rotation completely deserved and again completely imprinted.
Muriels Triangles prevented the outstanding Hradecky in the episode with the next glory (57th). Then Diaby closed.