Bayer back on track: 2-0 over Stuttgart

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Bayer Leverkusen averts a low mood during the long winter break. The 2-0 win over Stuttgart is the third victory in a row. For the guests, this marks the end of the year without an away win.Bayer Leverkusen besiegt den VfB Stuttgart mit 2:0.Bayer Leverkusen besiegt den VfB Stuttgart mit 2:0.

Weak start to the season, successful finish: Bayer Leverkusen has found its way back on the road to success after a long and worrying decline. In the 2:0 (1:0) over VfB Stuttgart, the team of coach Xabi Alonso achieved the third Bundesliga victory in a row.

Thanks to the goals of Moussa Diaby (30th minute) and Jonathan Tah (82nd), Werkself was spared another setback on Saturday in front of 30,210 spectators in the sold-out BayArena in the last game before the long World Cup break.

Stuttgart extends losing streak

On the other hand, the Swabians wintered close to the relegation zone and remained without a win in the 17th away game in a row in the Bundesliga and thus in the entire calendar year 2022 in a foreign country. With the appearance of his team in Leverkusen, coach Michael Wimmer could only conditionally collect further arguments for a VfB future as head coach.

Inspired by the recent successes against Union Berlin (5:0) and in Cologne (2:1), Werkself took over the command from the beginning. But against the well-staggered guest defense, it was difficult to play out scoring chances at first. In addition, the Swabians showed little willingness to limit themselves to defensive tasks and tried to prevent the dreaded switching game of the Leverkusen team with a calm and secure game structure.

This tactic of Wimmer, under whose direction the VfB had won at least four of six competitive matches so far, initially paid off. But with increasing playing time, the Leverkusen residents developed more imagination in their search for free spaces. Even with shots from Diaby (28th) and Nadiem Amiri (29th) just next to the goal, the lead seemed close.

A little later it happened. A courageous start past two opponents, the fast Diaby shot off with a shot from 18 meters, which was unfortunately deflected into his own net by Waldemar Anton.

After half-time, still without ideas

Nevertheless, the guests kept calm, but with all possession of the ball, they too rarely approached the opponent’s goal. Therefore, the half-time lead of the Leverkusen went in order. Especially since Kerem Demirbay (44th) hit the outside net shortly before a free kick.

After the restart, the entertainment value of the game decreased. Although Stuttgart made a good effort to get the equalizer, it was too unimaginative. And because the hosts too rarely recognized their great offensive potential, a game developed between the penalty areas with only a few goal space scenes. Only when Jeremie Frimpong (63rd) hit the crossbar from a short distance after a remarkable counterattack, it got a little louder again in the stands.

It suited the dwindling level of the game that a standard opened the second goal. After a corner from Demirbay and a header extension, defender Tah was on the spot from a short distance and made the decision with the 2:0. As a result, Bayer recorded ten out of twelve possible points in the four Bundesliga home games under Xabi Alonso and scored 13 goals.

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