Leverkusen - Dortmund

Germany: Bundesliga
Leverkusen F. Wirtz (9), P. Schick (45), M. Diaby (55)
Dortmund E. Håland (37), J. Brandt (49), R. Guerreiro (71), E. Håland (Pen. 77)

Kerem Demirbay: 'It could have gone either way'

By Rune Gjerulff

Kerem Demirbay couldn't hide his disappointment after Bayer Leverkusen's 3-4 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

Kerem Demirbay.
Kerem Demirbay.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kerem Demirbay felt his side's clash with Borussia Dortmund could have gone either way.

'Die Werkself' took the lead three times, but ultimately fell to a 3-4 defeat at BayArena.

"It was a top-level game that could have gone either way. The fact that we lost is bitter," Demirbay told reporters after the game.

"Small things make the difference, and today it was the referee's penalty decision," added Demirbay, referring to Erling Haaland's winner, which was scored from the penalty spot after Odilon Kossounou was penalized for raising an arm to Marco Reus' face.

"Unfortunately, the 3-4 result is what counts in the end."

Marco Reus, who won the penalty for Dortmund, also had his say on the incident.

"It hurt when it happened, and it still does," the BVB captain said.

"What else should I do? He hit me, I noticed it, it hurt, and that's why I went down."

1Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30Jeremie Frimpong
6Kossonou Odilon
4Jonathan Tah
5Mitchel Bakker
10Kerem Demirbay ↩79
8Robert Andrich
19Moussa Diaby
27Florian Wirtz
7Paulinho ↩63
14Patrik Schick ↩78
40Andrey Lunev
13Lucas Alario ↪78
31Amine Adli ↪63
38Karim Bellarabi ↪79
3Panagiotis Retsos
22Daley Sinkgraven
11Nadiem Amiri
25Exequiel Palacios
1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier
34Marin Pongracic ↩84
16Manuel Akanji
13Raphaël Guerreiro
22Jude Bellingham ↩89
28Axel Witsel ↩66
8Mahmoud Dahoud
19Julian Brandt
11Marco Reus (C)
9Erling Håland
35Marwin Hitz
18Youssoufa Moukoko
21Donyell Malen ↪66
36Ansgar Knauff
15Mats Hummels ↪84
30Felix Passlack
39Marius Wolf ↪89
42Göktan Gürpüz

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