“Enormously bitter”: out for bayer leverkusen in europa league

Bayer leverkusen failed after the exit in the DFB cup also in the europa league. Coach peter bosz’s side failed to progress beyond a disappointing 1-1 (0-0) draw with russia’s FK krasnodar in the second leg of the intermediate round and missed out on a place in the round of 16.

The goal by magomed suleymanow (84 minutes) from the russian runners-up in the table. Minute) sealed after the 0:0 in the first leg the unexpected early exit of the soccer bundesliga team. The late equalizer from leverkusen’s charles aranguiz (87.) in the dramatic final phase was too little.

"For us it is an enormously bitter defeat. We didn’t play our best game and we didn’t manage to get through. It hurts," said bayer captain kevin volland. Goalkeeper lukas hradecky said: "the 1:1 is very disappointing. We should have done better today. There was far too much hustle and bustle in the game."

In the cup, leverkusen was already surprisingly in the round of 16 against zweitligist 1. FC heidenheim eliminated. On sunday, the league now goes to leaders borussia dortmund, the ex-club of bosz.

Compared to the 2-0 win over fortuna dusseldorf on sunday, bosz made only one change in front of 16,084 spectators.084 spectators only one change and brought center forward lucas alario, karim bellarabi had to rest injured. The first chance for the hosts was leon bailey after a misplaced pass in krasnodar’s defense (12.). But the russian league runners-up did not hide after the goalless draw in the first leg against the bundesliga fifth-placed side. Ivan ignatiev had the first good chance (7.).

Somewhat surprisingly, the visitors brought on keeper matwej safonow, who is only 19 years old, but the U21 national goalkeeper of russia did a good job at first. While the bayer defense seemed a bit unsafe at times and made risky passes in their own half, the guests did not show that they currently have little match practice. After a long winter break, league play for the eastern europeans does not start until the 3rd quarter. March more.

In a lively game, there were still plenty of chances on both sides until halftime, but in front of the goal lacked the necessary precision. Among others, alario (36.) and julian brandt (38.). Keeper hradecky saved in the highest emergency against viktor claesson (45).). There was a brief moment of shock when kai havertz and charles kabore clashed heads. The bayer youngster lay dazed on the ground, but was able to continue playing.

Bayer had a clear advantage in possession up to the break, but the game of patience continued in the second half. Although bosz’s team allowed fewer dangerous attacks, they failed to convert their chances. Both bailey (56.) as well as jonathan tah (72.) remained unsuccessful. In addition, passing actions were repeatedly too inaccurate to overcome the russian defense. But krasnodar also found the decisive gaps too seldom – until suleymanov converted a free kick directly shortly before the end.

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