FT: Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen. That's it, all over and Leverkusen grind out an ugly but vital win. That's to a smart finish from Havertz, they go third for now.
- 2nd Half
SC Freiburg - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bundesliga - 29 May 2020
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Tapsoba makes a big block, allowing Paulinho and Diaby to go up the other end and run out the clock.
Gunter's corner sails through the Leverkusen box without anyone in red applying a touch.
- Yellow cardNadiem AmiriBayer 04 Leverkusen
Amiri booked for dissent.
Resolute defending from the visitors so far in added time.
Four added minutes.
Somehow, Leverkusen get caught on the counter-attack, Gunter is played in down the left and squares the ball to an unmarked Pedersen on the penalty spot. Pedersen takes it on first time but doesn't get enough power in the shot, allowing Hradecky to save. That was a huge chance.
The 17-year-old Wintz and the impressive Bailey make way for Paulinho and defender Tapsoba.
Schmid takes but cannot beat the wall.
Bailey fells Schmid around 25 yards from goal in a fairly central position. It's just right or centre. Not where you want to concede a free-kick.
- Yellow cardLucas AlarioBayer 04 Leverkusen
Alario earns the game's first booking for a clumsy tackle.
A deep cross is half cleared by Leverkusen and falls invitingly for Gunter to volley, but he hits the ball straight into the ground.
Frantz, Kwon and Waldschmidt are on for Koch, Grifo and Holer, who missed that great chance in the first half.
Alario almost puts Diaby through but puts a little too much on his through ball. Diaby, having had his arm tugged a little, perhaps could have had a case for a penalty.
Schmid sees an opening and tries his luck from range, winning a corner in the process as a defender helps his effort wide.
Havertz will not continue - Diaby is on for him. In a double change for the hosts, Schmid and Gulder replace Sallai and Kubler.
Havertz has gone down after a collision with Sallai and stayed down. He's off the pitch, so play can continue, but he looks in a bit of bother.
Leverkusen have the ball in the net again but it is disallowed - and rightly so. Baumgartlinger gives his marker a healthy shove before heading home, and the whistle was going as the ball crossed the line.
Sinkgraven makes way for Alario in the first change of the match.
Five goals in four games since the restart for Havertz now.
Gunter takes, the wall stands firm.
Baumgartlinger catches Sallai just outside the box. Free-kick in a wide, dangerous position.
Wirtz shoots narrowly wide. That goal might just bring Leverkusen to life.
GOAL! Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Havertz). It's that man again! Bailey slips the ball to Havertz and - under pressure from a tight angle - the 20-year-old pokes the ball through the goalkeeper's legs to give Leverkusen the lead!
Amiri's corner is flicked on at the near post and Aranguiz - six yards out - is first to react but not quite quick enough as he glances a header wide.
Sallai gets his head on a deep cross from Gunter, although cannot direct the ball goalwards.
The hosts have made a promising start to the half and a low cross eventually finds Grifo in the box. However, surrounded by four defenders, his feet are not quite quick enough to beat them all.
We are still waiting for the first shot on target.
The second half begins. No changes from either manager.
He will be very happy with how disciplined his players have been in defence so far.
HT: Freiburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen. For 40 minutes, that was a half to test how much you really missed football. Uneventful, low-tempo stuff. But both teams missed good chances towards the end - especially the hosts through Holer - which is hopefully a sign of more goalmouth action to come.
What a chance - and what a bad miss! From nothing, Holer beats the offside trap and is one-on-one with an onrushing Hradecky. He tries to curl the ball into the far corner but never gets enough bend on it and the ball rolls wide.
That was better from the visitors and Havertz squandered the best chance of the game - not that that says a lot.
Leverkusen build some pressure, again down the left through Bailey, but Havertz scuffs his shot after the Jamaican cuts the ball back. The ball is recycled to Bailey, who manufactures a little room and shoots from a tight angle, but that is blocked.
Amiri sends in a decent corner, but Freiburg again defend it well.
Another Bailey cross is put behind for a corner. Leverkusen mainly attacking through him so far.
Bailey fizzes a good cross through the Freiburg box, but nobody in a grey shirt can get on the end of it. Wirtz wasn't too far away.
Bailey runs at the defence but elects not to shoot and ends up with the ball caught beneath his feet, allowing a defender to poke clear.
Leverkusen win another corner or the right and decide to let Amiri take this time. It works, in so far as the win the next header, but again cannot fashion a shot.
Two nice dummies in the box from Leverkusen players - only there was nobody there to benefit from the second.
Aranguiz tries his luck from range and sees the ball fizz wide. He can hit them.
Not clicking just yet.
Heintz concedes a corner which Freiburg defend well.
Good hands from Hradecky to claim a pacy cross - intentionally - at the second attempt.
Bailey's corner is cleared by the first man.
Leverkusen enjoy a prolonged spell of possession and eventually work the ball to Havertz, inside the penalty area, who wins a corner.
They didn't look too comfortable doing so, but Leverkusen clear.
Grifo dispossesses Amiri and then wins a corner when his shot is deflected over.
A swift Leverkusen move looks to fashioned a chance for Bailey, who cuts in from the left but cannot find an opening so recycles the ball. Leverkusen end up unable to shoot and waste what appeared to be a good opening when Amiri strangely gets out of the way of a cross.
A loose Leverkusen pass threatens to give the hosts an opening, but Baumgartlinger is across to snuff out the danger.
And we're off - Leverkusen, all in grey, get the game started.
Bayer looked particularly vulnerable from the flanks in defeat last time out, with three of the four goals they conceded headers from crosses, so it will be interesting to see if that is an area Freiburg target. We’ll know soon, with kick-off just five minutes away.
Freiburg have a decent home record against Leverkusen and have not lost a home game against them in the league since 2011. Michael Ballack scored the winner that day in his final season before retirement.
A win would take Leverkusen third, one point behind Borussia Dortmund and one above RB Leipzig. Nobody really knows if there will be European football or not next season, but a top-four finish is the aim for Leverkusen.Meanwhile, victory for Freiburg would see them move into seventh, just one point and one place away from a Europa League berth. Seventh may well be enough for a Europa League place too, depending on what happens in the cup.
Here’s what Freiburg boss Christian Streich had to say about Havertz. "An exceptional player, it is a pleasure to watch him. He swims between the lines - and plays with a total self-image. I would be interested to know what kind of pulse he has - certainly half as high as mine." High praise.
And here are those four goals since the break.
This is an opportunity to scout Kai Havertz, one of the hottest properties in European football right now. The 20-year-old has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, including four in three games since the Bundesliga returned. He's keeping quiet when it comes to the transfer speculation, however.
The matches are coming thick and fast for the visitors - four games in 12 days, which explains the need to rotate players who are in all likelihood still getting to grips with competitive football again - but boss Peter Bosz says that’s a good thing following a poor result.
"After defeats, it’s always good for players if the next game comes quickly," Bosz told a pre-game press conference. "Now it’s down to us to show that it was actually just one bad game.”
As for that defeat, the message is "forget it and move on.” Freiburg, he says, have a “great mentality”.
As for Bayer Leverkusen, only five starters from the 4-1 thumping at the hands of Wolfsburg start. Kai Havertz is one of them, while Leon Bailey returns to the team in place of Moussa Diaby, who drops to the bench. Another one to keep an eye on is 17-year-old Florian Wirtz.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN: Hradecky, Tah, Bender, Dragovic, Amiri, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz, Sinkgraven, Wirtz, Havertz, Bailey.
The hosts make four changes to the team that drew 3-3 with Frankfurt. One of them is Nils Petersen, who comes into the starting line-up in attack.
FREIBURG: Schwolow, Kubler, Koch, Lienhart, Heintz, Gunter, Sallai, Hofler, Holer, Petersen, Grifo.
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