Havertz and Leverkusen too strong for Werder Bremen

Havertz and Leverkusen too strong for Werder Bremen

Leverkusen did a ruthless job by beating Werder Bremen 4-1 on the road in the first Bundesliga round after the coronavirus break.

Relegation contenders Werder saw this game as one of the ultimate chances to grab a lifeline and came closer to Fortuna who sits just above them, while Leverkusen traveled with a determination to continue their nice run of six wins in the last eight matchdays. 

Weakened by the heavy missings (Augustinnson, Klaasen, Pizzaro, Toprak), under the pressure Werder proved their fans' fear about traveling to the lower tier. Werder did look modest and insecure at backs, nothing changed despite the two-months break.

However, Leverkusen is just a class above right now.

Fast and tricky Leverkusen wingers are hard to stop. Moussa Diaby is a constant threat to opponents' defenses, his useful cross was taken by 20-years-old Kai Havertz to give Bayer Leverkusen the lead in the match, and it was a 1000th away goal in the Bundesliga for Leverkusen.

 Instant reply on the other side two minutes later equalized the game when Gebre Selassie scored a header, but the celebration of the home team didn't last for a long.

The visitors grabbed the field dominance once again shortly afterward though, with one of the greatest German talented Havertz heading in his eighth goal of the campaign from a Kerem Demirbay free-kick to give Lever a well deserved half-time edge.

Former Hertha and Bayern winger Michael Weiser doubled the lead for Leverkusen in the second half. Interesting fact, it was the fourth goal in the game scored by the header.

The last hit is done by a Kevin Bellarabi when he chipped over goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka in 78th minute to confirm a 4-1 victory of his team. 

Kai Havertz gets the man of the match award with a total of 8.40 rating by Whoscored. No doubt, the player has huge potential but is already playing on a high level, the third season in a row - since his 17th birthday. 

He extended last month his contract with the current club but is heavily pushed by media to leave Leverkusen in summer. Liverpool, Dortmund, and Bayern Munich are the three teams ready to pay Havertz's signature and Leverkusen will have huge challenges to keep him in the squad. 

Former Leverkusen defender Jens Nowotny, who spent 10 years at the club has chanted the praises of the 20-year-old and has instructed him to be cautious with his next move.

“He is on the way to becoming a world-class player. He has huge potential,” he said in an interview with Goal.

Definitely, football is back with Bundesliga, now we hope for soon return of  English Premier League, Italian Serie A, and Spanish LaLiga.

Standings provided by SofaScore LiveScore


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