Freiburg (AP) – Top striker Lucas Alario’s second double pack within a week also impressed Peter Bosz. “That is of course impressive,” said the Bayer Leverkusen coach after the 4-2 (2-1) away win at SC Freiburg on Sunday. “At the moment he’s in a good mood and is important for the team.” The Argentine turned the turbulent game in Breisgau with his two goals after a weak start and an early goal for Leverkusen. Bayer secured fourth place thanks to their third league win in a row and kept up with the top flight of the Bundesliga.
As in the 3-1 win against Augsburg on Monday, Alario was the match winner with his second brace (29th / 42nd minute) within a week. “Of course Lucas’ goals helped us,” said Bosz of the 28-year-old, who has already scored five goals after six match days and has scored three times in a row for the first time.
“Normally you can’t turn a game like this any more,” added Bosz, referring to the early deficit caused by Lucas Höler from Freiburg (3rd). “We got into the game badly, that shouldn’t happen to us like that,” complained captain Lars Bender. But then Alario struck twice before national players Nadiem Amiri (64th) and Jonathan Tah (76th) scored the other guest goals after the break.
Freiburg, on the other hand, have to look down in the table after the fifth winless game in a row. “We have to get into the points. It would be nice if you pull away a bit and not get into the strudel,” warned substitute top joker Nils Petersen, who scored 3-2 (72nd). And coach Christian Streich also warned: “We have to be prepared for the fact that it will be a tough, tough battle this year.”
Above all, numerous mistakes on the defensive brought Christian Streich’s team to a better result after the early lead. “It’s disappointing when you see the course of the game,” said Petersen, and added, referring to our own mistakes: “In the end we have to touch our own nose.” Defensive player Nicolas Höfler had a very poor day at the sports club, the 30-year-old looked bad in three of the four goals conceded.
Bayer made a weak start in rainy Freiburg, and the Werkself were behind after less than three minutes. Freiburg’s right-back Kübler served striker Höler, who scored his first goal of the season with the outside of the foot. But those were not the only scenes that upset Bayer coach Bosz. In the middle of the first half, Sven Bender saw red after Höler fell just before the penalty area. To the relief of the Leverkusen referee Benjamin Cortus took back the dismissal after video evidence.
On the offensive, Bayer did not think about enough for a long time, but could rely on the form-strong Alario. The striker acted inconspicuously at times, but efficiently: At first, he did not miss the chance after a far too imprecise back pass from Nicolas Höfler. Then Alario followed up after an attack via Lars Bender and Florian Wirtz and turned the game around before half-time.
After the break, things continued eventfully. And who then thought that Amiri had already made the decision with his remarkable goal was mistaken. After Petersen had shortened again with his 25th competitive joker goal in the jersey of the sports club, Tah only finally secured victory after a corner.