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Bundesliga: Bayer 04 Leverkusen on course for the championship after winning against 1. FC Köln, who were decimated early on

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Bundesliga: Bayer 04 Leverkusen on course for the championship after winning against 1. FC Köln, who were decimated early on

As of: March 3, 2024 9:51 p.m

There was only a brief smile on coach Xabi Alonso’s face; Lukas Hradecky was the celebratory beast. The Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper jumped and danced exuberantly in front of the fans after the 2-0 (1-0) win in the Rhenish derby at 1. FC Köln. The huge party should start in May at the latest.

Given that they are ten points ahead of the weakening FC Bayern with ten games still to play, Leverkusen can hardly be denied their longed-for first championship title, even if the professionals exercised verbal restraint.

“Of course we are happy about the result,” said Bayer coach Xavi Alonso to Sportschau, “now the last ten games come. We are in a good position, but we stay on the ground, calm and focus from game to game.”

To the live ticker: Cologne – Leverkusen arrow right 24th matchday arrow right

Leverkusen stays cool in the heated atmosphere

Jeremie Frimpong (38th) and Alejandro Grimaldo (72nd) scored for the superior Leverkusen team, who did not let the heated atmosphere get infected and are now unbeaten in their 34th competitive game in a row. Cologne’s Jan Thielmann (14th) received a red card early on for kicking Granit Xhaka’s calf, and referee Tobias Stieler (Hamburg) sent him off after studying the video images.

With the advantage, Leverkusen did not push vehemently for the second goal, but instead relied on control of the game – so Cologne could hope for a lucky punch for a long time.

Nesrin Elnabolsy, sports show, March 3, 2024 6:02 p.m

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Even before Thielmann was sent off, Leverkusen had quickly seized control of the game. National player Jonas Hofmann (4th) missed his first big chance early on when he shot the ball just wide. The FC tried hard to disrupt Leverkusen’s build-up of play and thus force the ball to be won – but the first opportunity came from a counterattack: Linton Maina and Sargis Adamyan combined forward, and after the subsequent cross, Dejan Ljubicic (11th) headed past the goal.

Unsettled phase helps FC

Then there was Thielmann’s momentous kick – and with it the beginning of hectic minutes in which referee Stieler struggled to maintain control. The unrest helped FC because Leverkusen couldn’t really find their rhythm due to the many interruptions in this phase.

Nevertheless, the opening goal was deserved: Frimpong was faster in the center than Max Finkgräfe and gave the previously strong Marvin Schwäbe no chance in the Cologne goal. Immediately after the restart, Adamyan missed a huge opportunity to equalize, hitting the inside post from five meters (51′). “We have our chances, we have three big chances, all of which unfortunately we don’t take, including the inside post. This has been with us for the last few weeks, that we have some moments in the game that simply don’t fall on our side,” Cologne’s coach complained Timo Schultz.

As a result, Leverkusen resumed their possession game, let Cologne run and combined again and again near the penalty area. But the guests missed the last move to the goal for a long time. Despite the difficult circumstances, FC stayed in the game, fought and ran persistently. However, the Cologne team rarely threatened to score, and even with the few set pieces in promising positions there was a lack of precision. Grimaldo then dealt the Cologne team a low blow.

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European interlude for Bayer 04, next derby for Cologne

FC still occupies the relegation place, but is only one point ahead of FSV Mainz 05. Given that they are eight points behind VfL Bochum, they probably can’t go any further.

The championship favorites from Leverkusen now face the first leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League against Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan) on Thursday (6.45 p.m.).

The Bundesliga then continues on Sunday (7.30 p.m.) with a home game against VfL Wolfsburg. The day before, 1. FC Cologne is challenged in the next derby at Borussia Mönchengladbach (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.).

Violence during and after the game

During and after the game there was violence in and around the stadium. Around 200 violent criminals are said to have attacked police officers. In the stadium there were fights in the guest block in the upper tier during the game. A steward was seriously injured. A suspected perpetrator, who was immediately identified, had beaten him unconscious.

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