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We're into four minutes of added time in Freiburg.
Freiburg break down the left and the ball is played across the edge of the box to Petersen by Günter in front of goal. It's slightly behind him and he's forced to shoot first time, and his shot is superbly saved by Hradecky.
FIRST YELLOW CARD
The first booking of the game comes for Lucas Alario after a trip on Philipp Lienhart.
ONE DIFFERENCE SO FAR?
Besides Havertz's goal, Leverkusen have been fantastic on the ball. They have completed 90 per cent of their passes compared to Freiburg's 74 per cent so far. We've seen only one shot on target all game - and it's what has given Leverkusen the lead.
With only 15 minutes to play, Streich completes his five substitutions for the night with three in one go. Kwon, Waldschmidt and Frantz are all on to inject new pace into the Freiburg side.
TEST NOW FOR LEVERKUSEN
The away side are in front but their talisman is off the pitch and Freiburg have the bit between their teeth. This is a good test of Leverkusen now to see if they can hold onto what they have.
SCHMID HAS A GO
The substitute is inspiring his team here with a shot across goal from range. It takes a touch and goes behind.
The Leverkusen goalscorer has taken a knock and will have to come off here. Unfortunate for Bosz and his side, but hopefully it is no bad injury.
The ball is in the Freiburg net from Baumgartlinger's head, but a push on Heintz in the build-up is spotted by the referee and a free-kick is given.
HISTORY FOR HAVERTZ
Kai Havertz has now become the first player in Bundesliga history to reach 35 goals before turning 21.
WIRTZ HAS A GO
Some space for a shot from the edge of the box for Wirtz who shoots across goal. It beats Schwolow, but drift past the far post. He's still on the hunt for his first Bundesliga goal.
HAVERTZ DOES IT AGAIN!
It could only be King Kai to put Leverkusen into the lead. Aranguiz's pass is beautifully flicked on by Havertz to Bailey, who runs at the Freiburg defence but is stopped. He holds up for a second and plays Havertz in on goal with a tidy pass to match his run and under the challenge of Heintz, Havertz stays strong and slides the ball under Schwolow. Outstanding play from the 20-year-old.
GREAT CHANCE FOR ARANGUIZ
A corner swings in from Amiri towards a packed near post in the Freiburg box. Baumgartlinger is able to flick it on and Aranguiz is waiting in front of goal, but his reactions are just a touch slow as he glances the ball wide across Schwolow's goal. That ball was moving quickly and hard to meet with the right timing.
The 17-year-old shows off superb skill to flick the ball over Nils Petersen and then dribble past another midfielder with further trickery. That boy has some special talent...
SECOND HALF BEGINS
The ball is rolling again in Freiburg. No changes at the break, let's find out how this one will end...
WHAT A CHANCE FOR HÖLER!
A perfect pass from Sallai sends Höler away on goal, one-on-one with Hradecky. He takes his time to decide what to do as he closes on the Leverkusen goal, and curls a shot towards the far bottom corner, but it's wide of the mark. A fantastic opportunity to open the scoring before the break.
CHANCE FOR BAILEY
Superb work from Bender who wins the ball back on the edge of the Freiburg box. He works it left and plays Bailey in on goal. He goes to shoot but again cuts back past a defender. Now the chance is there to shoot on his right foot, but he instead looks for a pass across goal which is cleared by the Freiburg defence. A few chances for Bailey where you'd have expected him to shoot.
THE HAPPIER SIDE
They may have only seen 34 per cent of the ball so far, but it's clearly how Streich wanted the game to go here. Freiburg staying compact and making life difficult for Leverkusen who enjoy opening teams up on the counter-attack. Despite their own lack of chances, Freiburg will be pleased.
LEVERKUSEN LOOKING FOR SPACE, FREIBURG NOT GIVING
While the away side are keeping their set-up very wide with Amiri and Sinkgraven stretching the pitch as far as possible, Freiburg are the opposite. The 4-4-2 is incredibly structured and compact, making it very difficult for Leverkusen to break through. Streich has been handing out instructions throughout the first half, with each player very much having their own job to do.
Another break for Leverkusen and it's Bailey running at the Freiburg defence. He lines up a shot at first, but instead cuts onto his right foot but has pressure around him from the retreating home defence. He looks to play Wirtz the ball, but Freiburg sniff out the danger.
ARANGUIZ FIRES WIDE
The Chilean goes for goal from range with space opening up, but his shot is always drifting up and over the Freiburg goal.
STREICH HAPPY SO FAR
The Freiburg coach lets out big applause on the sideline after his side once again break up a Leverkusen move towards the Freiburg goal. The away side have had almost 70 per cent of the ball so far but have yet to have a shot on target.
LEVERKUSEN WARMING UP
Bosz's side warming into this game nicely. Aranguiz and Havertz exchanging neat passing on the edge of the Freiburg box, working the ball into shooting positions. Schwolow remains untested thus far - the Freiburg 'keeper made a club-record 13 saves in the 3-3 draw with Frankfurt on Tuesday.
STRETCHING THE PITCH
Peter Bosz has his side incredibly wide here in Freiburg. The pitch is a short one, and therefore, they're trying to make the most of all the space they have. Amiri on the right and Sinkgraven on the left are opening the game right up when Leverkusen have the ball. With Bailey and Wirtz ahead of them, Bayer have plenty of ways to work the ball forward.
GRIFO WORKING HARD
The Freiburg winger runs and runs and is able to steal the ball from Amiri and have a shot at goal. It's deflecting behind off Bender, though, but once again the home side look good when pushing their opposition into a corner in possession.
Leverkusen are being pressed in their own half by Freiburg, but the away side are able to pass through it well and create a counter-attack. Bailey and Sinkgraven involved early on down the left as well.
AND 4-4-2 FOR FREIBURG
Höler joins Petersen up front for the home side. Looking to put pressure on that Leverkusen defence from the get-go.
It is indeed a three-man backline for Leverkusen with Tah, Bender and Dragovic at the back from right to left.
The ball is rolling in the beautiful sunshine in the Black Forest here in Germany.
A BOUNCE BACK?
After 12 games unbeaten, Leverkusen were humbled by Wolfsburg in midweek. How will they respond? We're about to find out.
ONE LAST WIN HERE FOR BAYER?
Leverkusen are unbeaten in five against Freiburg (W2, D3), but haven’t won at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in the Bundesliga since October 2011. It's the last chance they'll have to get another win here with Freiburg moving into a new 34,700 capacity stadium from next season onwards, waving goodbye to the Schwarzwald-Stadion at the end of this season. Just three more games to go after tonight...
HISTORY ON THE HOME TEAM'S SIDE?
Freiburg have won only one of their last nine against Leverkusen, and scored just one in their last five, but are unbeaten in their previous six home meetings with Die Werskelf (W2, D4). Encouragingly for Streich’s side, the respective home team has not lost any of the last 13 clashes between the two teams.
CAN KING KAI BEAT FREIBURG?
Kai Havertz has contributed to more goals than any other Bundesliga player in 2020. In fact, Tuesday's defeat to Wolfsburg was the first time in seven league games that Havertz has failed to register a goal or assist. He has eight goals and four assists this year alone, however, Havertz is without a goal or assist in six meetings with the Black Forest club.
HUGE NIGHT FOR STREICH
Freiburg head coach Christian Streich is by far the longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga. Appointed on 29 December, 2011, it's almost his 10-year anniversary at the club, but tonight he does get to do some celebrating no matter the score. Streich will be taking charge of Freiburg for the 250th time in the Bundesliga. Despite Freiburg having one of the lowest budgets in the German top-flight, Streich has taken them into the Europa League once before and could do so again next season should they end 2019/20 well, starting tonight. Here's to you and 250, Mr Streich!
FREIBURG TEAM NEWS
The home side also had a disappointing result in midweek, mainly because they allowed Eintracht Frankfurt to come from 3-1 down to draw 3-3. Therefore, four changes for Christian Streich's men as Lienhart, Kübler, Petersen and Heintz come in for Gulde, Abrashi, Schmid and Waldschmidt. Rotation key for Bundesliga sides, especially coming out of an English Woche (English week - midweek games).
LEVERKUSEN TEAM NEWS
No fewer than six changes made by Peter Bosz for this game after his side's disappointing and largely unexpected 4-1 home defeat to Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Florian Wirtz, Leon Bailey, Daley Sinkgraven, Julian Baumgartlinger, Aleksandar Dragovic and Jonathan Tah all come in. Kai Havertz remains captain for tonight and leads the attack.
FREIBURG STARTING XI!
Schwolow - Kübler, Lienhart, Heintz, Günter (c) - Koch, Höfler - Sallai, Höler, Grifo - Petersen
Flekken, Schlotterbeck, Gulde, Abrashi, Schmid, Frantz, Kwon, Tempelmann, Waldschmidt
LEVERKUSEN STARTING XI!
Hradecky - Tah, S. Bender, Dragovic - Amiri, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Sinkgraven - Wirtz, Havertz (c), Bailey
Özcan, Tapsoba, Demirbay, Diaby, Palacios, Bellarabi, Paulinho, Alario, Volland
WELCOME TO FREIBURG
We're in the Black Forrest for the opening game of the next weekend of Bundesliga action. It's Matchday 29, less than two days since the last Bundesliga games and we're back already. Bayer Leverkusen are in town to face Freiburg with both sides have serious European ambitions. Line-ups coming shortly...