Hoffenheim captained Bayer Leverkusen twice but the visitors’ 4-2 eventual win – inspired by Patrick Schick and Moussa Diaby – denied the hosts a place in Europe next season while confirming their place in the UEFA Champions League in the process.
Hoffenheim 2-4 Leverkusen
Goals 1-0 Rotter 22′ (Help: Baumgartner), 1-1 Chic 34′ (Help: Diaby), 2-1 Baumgartner 36′ (Help: Kadapke), 2-2 Diaby 73′ (Help: Check), 2-3 Shake 76′ (pass: Arangues), 2-4 Alario 91′ (pass: Palacios)
Hoffenheim have gone into the penultimate weekend with their European aspirations on the line, while Leverkusen will ensure their top three – and next season’s Champions League football – with a win. And it was the hosts who took the lead first, taking the lead midway through the first half. Piero Hincape was caught by Christoph Baumgartner, who backed off Jorginho Rotter to give his ground and give Hoffenheim’s continental hopes a shock. Slow until then, Leverkusen finally started kicking after falling behind and Schick was on the same level with a fine finish from Diaby’s cross to make it 1-1. But Hoffenheim was back in front within two minutes when Baumgartner came home from an outside yard.
Hincape gave way to Mitchell Packer in the break for the visitors as Gerardo Swan looked to breathe life into a side that was somewhat far from his best in the opening period. They started with a bigger goal and pulled Charles Aranjuez away from the edge of the box just moments after he resumed. Diaby also came close with 25 minutes remaining, but his effort from the right flanked the wrong side of the far post as well. The Frenchman eventually found his side’s second equalizer as Lucas Alario and Chic cleverly combined to lead Diaby from close range. He completed the shift check in less than a quarter of an hour to play with a great finish. The Czech striker faded off his mark on the edge of the penalty area before quietly spinning around Oliver Baumann and slipping into the empty net. Alario added the fourth goal in stoppage time to ensure Leverkusen third place and denied Hoffenheim a place in Europe.
- The defeat ended TSG’s undefeated three-match streak at home against Leverkusen at the PreZero Arena (W2, D1).
- While Baumgartner has found the back of the net for the seventh time in the league this season, his passes in the opening game were just the 22-year-old’s second measure.
- Schech now has 24 goals in the Bundesliga – a total that Ulf Kirsten achieved twice for Leverkusen. The club’s record is 25 by Stefan Kissling in 2012/13.
- The opening match was Leverkusen 38 away at home and with 40 minutes at the end of 90 minutes, dies wirksleve Set a new club record for the most goals scored in a single season in the Bundesliga.
- Bayer also now scored 78 league goals in 2021/22, setting a new record in a single season.
- Diaby’s assist was his 12th of the season, before he scored 13 goals this season. He and his compatriot Christopher Nkunko are the only two Bundesliga players with a double number of goals and assists this season.
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Hoffenheim: Baumann (c) – Kaderabek, Posch, Vogt, Raum – Baumgartner (Rudy 69′), Samassekou (Bruun Larsen 78′), Stiller – Rutter (Bebou 55′), Dabbur (Skov 70′), Kramaric
Unused subs: Philip, Adams, Akpojuma, Chi
Outside: Hubner (back), John (shoulder), Nordtveit (hamstring), Richards (thigh), Geiger (shin), Bekakic
Coach: Sebastian Hoeness
Leverkusen: Hradiki (midfield) – Kusono, Tah, Tapsoba, Hinkabe (Baker 46′) – Aranjuez, Andrech (Palacios 64′) – Diaby, Azmon (Alario 64′), Paulinho (Bumgartlinger 84′) – Schick (Syncgraven 84′)
Unused subs: Lonef, grill, frimpong
Outside: Adly (Achilles), Belarabi (Thigh), Fosu-Mensah (Thigh), Frimpong (Ankle), Sirtdemir (Thigh), Wirtz (Knee), Demirbay (Foot)
Coach: Gerardo Siwan