Freiburg - Leverkusen

Germany: Bundesliga
Freiburg L. Höler (3), N. Petersen (72)
Leverkusen L. Alario (29), L. Alario (42), N. Amiri (64), J. Tah (76)

Three Nicolas Höfler errors enable Leverkusen to top Freiburg 4-2

By Peter Vice

Three of four goals from Germany's red company team came courtesy of egregious defensive errors on behalf one of Freiburg's more reliable players.

As a result, Christian Streich's Breisgauer now find themselves winless in five straight fixtures.

Christian Streich.
Christian Streich.Photo: Ctruongngoc/CC-by-SA 3.0

A lighting quick start on behalf of the Breisgau hosts appeared to herald a different outcome. SC Freiburg trainer Christian Streich, dealing with a listing Roland Sallai, moved the 23-year-old Hungarian attacker in behind Lucas Höler to serve as short striker. Jonathan Schmid moved up to assume Sallai's position on the right flank. 

The personnel change immediately produced dividends. Schmid and new right back Lukas Kübler skillfully released Höler. Freiburg's lead striker finished deftly with a shot into the far corner. The Schwarzwaldverein lived the dream start with a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute. 

Matters nearly got much worse for Bosz's XI when Sven Bender was sent off on a straight red in the 22nd. A VAR review, however, revealed that his infraction was not nearly as serious as refereee Benjamin Cortus initially thought. After the taking a look at the tape, the match official reversed himself and downgraded Bender to a yellow. 

Defensive errors on the part of Freiburg allowed Leverkusen back into the match. Lucas Alario capitalized on a Niclolas Höfler wayward pass to equalize in the 29th. Höfler would again lose the ball against Florian Wirtz three minutes before the break. The ball would eventually find its way back to Alario via Lars Bender. The 28-year-old Argentine finished from close range to secure the brace and put die Werkselft ahead. 

Höfler would commit still another egregious defensive error nineteen minutes after the restart. He again lost the ball to Wirtz in a dangerous area. This time the 17-year-old phenom would serve up Nadiem Amiri for the third goal.

Super-sub Nils Petersen would make matters interesting by pulling a goal back in the 72nd, but Leverkusen substitute Jonathan Tah would head home four minutes later to put the issue beyond all doubt. 

Leverkusen remain unbeaten through six Bundesliga rounds while the Breisgauer find themselves winless in the last five fixtures.

21Florian Müller
17Lukas Kübler ↩63
3Philipp Lienhart
23Dominique Heintz
30Christian Günter (C)
8Baptiste Santamaría
27Nicolas Höfler
7Jonathan Schmid
32Vincenzo Grifo ↩80
22Roland Sallai ↩79
9Lucas Höler ↩79
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪79
18Nils Petersen ↪63
5Manuel Gulde
31Keven Schlotterbeck
28Kwon Chang-Hoon ↪79
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↪80
34Lino Tempelmann
39Carlo Boukhalfa
1Lukáš Hradecky
8Lars Bender (C) ↩65
5Sven Bender
12Edmond Tapsoba
22Daley Sinkgraven
27Florian Wirtz
15Julian Baumgartlinger ↩65
11Nadiem Amiri
9Leon Bailey
13Lucas Alario ↩89
19Moussa Diaby ↩79
36Niklas Lomb
38Karim Bellarabi ↪79
4Jonathan Tah ↪65
6Aleksandar Dragović
16Tin Jedvaj
23Mitchell Weiser
10Kerem Demirbay ↪65
25Exequiel Palacios ↪89

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