Summary

  • Leverkusen climbed from eighth the third between matchdays 25 and 34.
  • Hartmann converted his eighth penalty this season.
  • Leverkusen won eight of their final ten games.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen ended their 2015/16 season with a 3-2 victory over FC Ingolstadt 04.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-2 FC Ingolstadt 04

Goals: 0-1 Leckie (16’), 1-1 Aranguiz (31’), 2-1 Kampl (37’), 3-1 Kießling (61’), 3-2 Hartmann (69’)

The hosts, shorn of injured top-scorer Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez due to injury, were in the driving seat from the off, dominating the rhythm against a deep-lying Ingolstadt side. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock, however, with Mathew Leckie poking in from Dario Lezcano's assist after 16 minutes. Bayer reacted well to the early setback, with Charles Aranguiz putting the icing on Julian Brandt's fine set-up play and Kevin Kampl making it 2-1 just two minutes later with a cool finish.

Roger Schmidt's men remained in control after the interval, although it was again the visitors who had the first chance of note when Almag Cohen saw his lobbed effort cleared off the line by the back-peddling Ömer Toprak. Leverkusen looked well on course for an 18th victory of the campaign when Stefan Kießling put them 3-1 up with his 140th Bundesliga goal, but the Rhineland club were made to work for their win right until the end after Ingolstadt's top scorer Moritz Hartmann pulled one back, converting from the spot after Aranguiz had felled Lezcano inside the area, but they held on to seal their seventh win in eight.

Charles Aranguiz's goal was his second in as many weeks.

Man of the match

Aranguiz was at the hart of most Leverkusen's promising action, the Chile international pulling the strings in the home side's midfield and contributing a goal.

Talking point

Aranguiz was at the hart of most Leverkusen's promising action, the Chile international pulling the strings in the home side's midfield and contributing a goal.

Match stats

  • Kießling scored all five of his goals this season at the BayArena.
  • Hartmann converted each one of his eight penalties, scoring from more spot-kicks than any other Bundesliga player in 2015/16.
  • Leckie finished the campaign on three goals.

Line-ups

Leverkusen: Kresic (Yeldell 47’) - Hilbert (Frey 21’), Ramalho, Toprak, Henrichs - Aranguiz, Kampl - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Brandt - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Brandt - Kießling (Mehmedi 64’)

Ingolstadt: Nyland - da Costa, M. Matip, Hübner, Suttner - Bauer (Christiansen 62') - Groß, Cohen (Lex 89') - Hartmann, Leckie (Hinterseer 62') - Lezcano