17-year-old Florian Wirtz made history and Kai Havertz netted a brace as Bayer Leverkusen thumped Werder Bremen 4-1 at Weserstadion.
|Kai Havertz.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Kai Havertz bagged a brace as Bayer Leverkusen thrashed Werder Bremen 4-1 away in the Bundesliga on Monday evening.
Florian Wirtz was in the line-up to make his first-team debut for the visitors, becoming the youngest player of all time to appear for Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 17 years and 15 days, overtaking the record held by Kai Havertz.
He also became the third-youngest Bundesliga debutant ever behind Nuri Sahin (16 days, 11 months and 1 day) and Yann Aurel Bisseck (16 years, 11 months and 28 days).
Leverkusen broke the deadlock after 28 minutes, when Moussa Diaby skipped past Marco Friedl on the right and crossed the ball into the box, where Havertz nodded the ball past Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka.
Werder were quick to respond and found the equalizer just two minutes later as Theodor Gebre Selassie flicked a corner into the net.
But just three minutes later, Havertz was on target again, heading home unmarked in the box.
After the break, Diaby recorded his second assist of the evening after around an hor when his cross into the box was met by Mitchell Weiser, who powered a header past Pavlenka.
With 12 minutes to go, Kerem Demirbay made it 4-1 with a delicious chip after latching on to a clever pass from second-half substitute Karim Bellarabi.
Leverkusen, who have won five of their last six Bundesliga games, sit fifth in the table. At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen are 17th after having lost six of their last seven league outings.