Goals: 1-0 Alario (11’)
The home side dropped Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz despite a 2-0 win in Stuttgart last time out but Argentine striker Alario soon justified his recall. After a quiet opening to the game, Leon Bailey brilliantly latched on to a long ball and Ludovic Sane could only slice the Jamaican’s driven cutback into the path of Alario who scored from three yards out. Kevin Volland and Karim Bellarabi both threatened further, but Maximilian Eggestein’s downward header forced Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno into a flying save just past the half hour. Bailey’s pace was causing Theodor Gebre Selassie serious problems, but Volland could not stretch enough to volley his cross home before another devastating run from the former Genk winger ended with Jiri Pavlenka saving at his near post.
Bailey fizzed a free-kick across goal as Leverkusen continued to dominate after the break and not even the introduction of captain Zlatko Junuzovic with half an hour to play could spur Bremen on in a scrappy second half. Brandt came on to tee up Bellarabi for two great chances to seal the win late on, but Leverkusen closed the game out comfortably nonetheless.