Bayer Leverkusen made a dream start to the second half of the season with furious offensive football and remains strong in the race for the Champions League places. The team dominated in the first half by coach Peter Bosz defeated SC Paderborn with a deserved 4: 1 (3: 0) at the end of the 18th matchday of the Bundesliga on Sunday evening. The strong double packer Kevin Volland (11th / 14th minute), Julian Baumgartlinger (36th) and Kai Havertz (75th) scored the goals for the guests from the Rhineland in front of 14,889 spectators in Paderborn, who again ranked sixth in the table advancing.
The gap to the first royal class place is only two points. In contrast, Paderborn’s hopes of remaining in the classroom were severely dampened. The goal of Dennis Srbeny (51.) was not enough, six points are missing from the bottom of the table on the saving 15th place. Volland double scorer was completely satisfied. “We took advantage of the chance to score – at the right time,” said the attacker after the quickest double in his career – and the first with his head.
Paderborn’s coach Steffen Baumgart scolded referee Daniel Siebert because he saw his team disadvantaged by the referee in many smaller scenes. “As a small club, we also deserve respect,” said the coach, who also saw the yellow card, but admitted: “In the end, it wasn’t the referee. It was due to our performance – and a very strong performance from Leverkusen. ”
Two days after the announcement of the contract extension from Bosz to 2022, the Dutchman’s team went into action with dedication and attack from the start. National player Havertz should have put Bayer 04 in the lead in the second minute, but the 20-year-old exceptional talent did not aim precisely from eleven meters. Shortly thereafter Volland did it better – twice within four minutes! Initially, the Leverkusen striker placed a header after Moussa Diaby’s beautiful cross unsustainable for SCP keeper Leopold Zingerle in the right corner.
Then he completed a clever free kick variant thanks to good timing when jumping to 2: 0. Kerem Demirbay had lifted the ball into the box, from the baseline the agile Havertz brought the play equipment high in front of the goal, there Volland prevailed in the header duel with Sebastian Vasiliadis. Paderborn struggled, but was clearly inferior. Coach Steffen Baumgart tirelessly tigered along the sideline, encouraged his players and tried to push them forward. But it didn’t help: Strikers Sven Michel and Srbeny, who was in the starting line-up after his return from Norwich City, were hanging in the air and didn’t get into dangerous final situations.
The guests were completely different: Especially in midfield, Leverkusen repeatedly demonstrated its individual class and technical superiority. With the 3: 0 from Baumgartlinger the game seemed decided before the break. Unusual: Despite the class difference in the first round, Paderborns fans refrained from whistling their team. After changing sides, the team thanked them for the connection. Srbeny scored the 1: 3 six minutes after the restart. The 25-year-old had scored his last goal for the SCP almost exactly two years earlier – at that time still in the third division. The hit gave the hosts a boost. The Paderborners tried everything again, came up with further options, but could no longer jeopardize the Leverkusen victory.