Papadopoulos Grabs Crucial Winner Against Leverkusen To Hand Hamburg Much Needed Win
Bayern Leverkusen suffered their second straight loss whereas Hamburg snapped their two-game losing streak thanks to Papadopoulos’ second-half goal.
Both sides staged a contested first-half encounter with many fouls and misplaced passes.
The 45,653 spectators at the Volksparkstadion had to wait until the 11th minute to see the first chance when Mergin Mavraj’s volley tested Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
However, it remained the only opportunity within the first half as Hamburg worked out the next promising chance through Bobby Wood, who pulled wide on a one-on-one with Leno in the 47th minute.
Bayer Leverkusen lacked in penetration and ideas to pose any threat. Hence, the hosts broke the deadlock with 76 minutes played as loanee Kyriakos Papadopoulos headed home the 1-0 winner following a cross from Nicolai Muller against his parent club.
The “Werkself” snatched almost the equalizer out of the blue but Stefan Kiessling’s header rattled only the woodwork following a corner kick with five minutes to the final whistle.
With the result, Hamburg climb on the 16th place, which is a relegation play-off spot, meanwhile Bayer Leverkusen remain on the 9th position of the table.
“The team staged a very disappointing performance. This performance defies any explanation. We suffered another setback,” Bayer Leverkusen’s CEO Michael Schade said.
“It was a deserved victory for us today. A goal following a set piece is something special for us,” Hamburg head coach Markus Gisdol said.
The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: front-runners Bayern Munich host Schalke, Borussia Dortmund encounter runner-up Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach see Freiburg, Hertha Berlin face Ingolstadt, Cologne meet Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim clash with Mainz.
(INPUTS FROM XINHUA NEWS AGENCY)