Leverkusen off to winning start
Michael Ballack’s career as Bayer Leverkusen manager got off to a winning start after his team came from behind to record a 3-1 win against rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Things didn’t get off to the best of starts for Bayer 04 at Borussia-Park in the first half, the visitors finding themselves a goal behind before the half hour mark.
The newly-introduced Video Assistant Referee was called into action early on, awarding a tight penalty decision against Leon Bailey for a trip on Christoph Kramer.
Thorgan Hazard stepped up and cooly converted the penalty for Mönchengladbach in the 25th minute ensuring the home side were a goal to the good going into half-time.
However Leverkusen came out with the attacking impetus after the break, spearheaded by Leon Bailey, who atoned for his error with the equaliser in the 55th minute.
Found by De Jong with a pass out to the right wing, the Jamaican cutting inside two defenders before smashing a sweet left footed strike into the bottom corner.
It looked as if the match might finish level until a devastating counter-attack led by Havertz in midfield saw Bailey square for Baumgartlinger who tapped home in the 83rd minute to give Bayer the lead.
Ballack’s side sealed the three points just minutes later, Bailey once again escaping down the right-hand side and crossing to Brandt who bundled the ball home to seal a deserved win for the visitors.
Leon Bailey (55)
Julian Baumgartlinger (83)
Julian Brandt (87)
Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen)