Full-time
90'
+ 2

Substitution

sub
Philipp Bargfrede
Philipp Bargfrede
sub
Leonardo Bittencourt
Leonardo Bittencourt
90'

ADDED TIME!

We're into four minutes of added time here at the BayArena. It's all Leverkusen still.
90'

POHJANPALO RETURNS

After more than a year and a half out injured the Finnish striker returns to action for Leverkusen here looking to grab a winner in this game.
89'

Substitution

sub
Joel Pohjanpalo
Joel Pohjanpalo
sub
Julian Baumgartlinger
Julian Baumgartlinger
88'

Yellow card

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Lucas Alario
Lucas Alario
86'

Substitution

sub
Johannes Eggestein
Johannes Eggestein
sub
Joshua Sargent
Joshua Sargent
84'

DOMINATION

60 per cent of the ball, 19-8 shots on goal and 9-1 corners but the home side can't find a winner here. Bremen are defending with everything they have.
80'

Substitution

sub
Benjamin Goller
Benjamin Goller
sub
Milot Rashica
Milot Rashica
77'

ALL LEVERKUSEN HERE

If someone is going to score a winner here it looks like it will be Leverkusen at the moment. The home side are piling the pressure on Bremen.
76'

Yellow card

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Davy Klaassen
Davy Klaassen
72'

GOAL RULED OUT

Alario has the ball in the Bremen net, but Video-Assist has pulled it back for a handball in the build-up. Toprak's sliding tackle forced the ball onto Amiri's arm, which sent the ball into the Bremen box and Volland duly set up Alario for the goal. 
70'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationGoal
ReviewPrevious handball?
DecisionNo goal
70'

BREMEN LOOKING FOR THE COUNTER

The ball is well and truly Leverkusen's right now as the home side continue to pile the pressure on their visitors. Bremen are being reduced to looking for the counter chances for now.
66'

ALARIO HITS THE BAR!

What a header from the Argentine as he rises to meet Amiri's cross, before his glancing header bounces back out off the crossbar. The rebound falls to Dragovic but the defender leans back and the ball goes high over the Bremen goal.
62'

Substitution

sub
Paulinho
Paulinho
sub
Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay
60'

DRAGOVIC SO CLOSE

The defender is up for a corner and stays up as the ball comes back out to Bellarabi. The winger crosses in again and Dragovic makes the right run, but can only get the slightest touch the ball with his head and is unable to divert it towards goal.
58'

ALARIO WITH THE PERFECT TOUCH

We're level again here as Bellarabi powers down the right flank before crossing low to the near post of the Bremen box. Alario made the perfect run to meet the ball and flicked it goalwards with his right foot, and beyond Pavlenka's reach.
58'

Lucas Alario

GOAL!

2:2
Lucas Alario
56'

EVEN GAME NOW

Bremen look happy to sit back now and control their lead, while Leverkusen are looking to get their attacking game going for the first time in this second half. Up to now, it's the away side who are enjoying themselves more.
51'

Yellow card

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Lars Bender
Lars Bender
48'

SARGENT MAKES IT, KLAASSEN SCORES IT

The American collects the ball with his back to goal and turns out of the Leverkusen box and into space. He finds Klaassen in space on the edge of the box and he curls the ball into the bottom corner with ease. A lovely goal from the away side.
48'

Davy Klaassen

GOAL!

1:2
Davy Klaassen
46'

BACK UNDERWAY

The second half has begun in Leverkusen as we go in search of a winner in this second half. Both sides have scored, but who will find the net next?
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

LEVEL DESPITE LEVERKUSENS BRIGHT START

A host of half-chances have come and gone for the home side, while Bremen have one of only a few chances on goal so far. Josh Sargent could certainly have found the net but in the end it was Milot Rashica who cancelled out Ömer Toprak's own-goal. Leverkusen will be looking to score again in the second half.
Half-time
45'
+ 2

VOLLAND AGAIN!

Great work from the forward again who has the ball with his back to goal towards the right side of the box. He works it around to earn a shot at goal, which is well-saved by Pavlenka, and Alario slices the follow-up high over the crossbar.
40'

AS EASY AS THAT!

Rashica picks up the ball in midfield and races forward through the middle of the pitch. He takes a shot at goal on his left foot which takes a big deflection off Dragovic and glides over Hradecky and into the net. Both defences providing a helping hand for opposition goals here.
40'

Milot Rashica

GOAL!

1:1
Milot Rashica
37'

ALMOST VOLLAND AGAIN

Amiri is sent away down the right flank and crosses low to the near post of the Bremen goal. Volland meets it on the run and clips the ball at goal with his right foot, but it just goes past that near post. He's had a host of chances in recent minutes.
33'

VOLLAND HEADS AT GOAL

Another chance for Leverkusen's No.31 who meets a cross into the box from Bender, but his header goes straight at Pavlenka in the Bremen net.
30'

SARGENT WITH THE CHANCE!

Huge moment for the American who is on the end of a great counter from Bremen. It begins from Sahin and goes to Rashica down the left, who burns past Tah with electric pace. He crosses into the box and Sargent meets it on the volley, but he fires his effort wide. A great chance for the away side.
28'

GOOOO... NO!

Kevin Volland has the ball in the Bremen net, but the German striker's goal is ruled out for offside. 
27'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationNo goal
ReviewOffside?
DecisionNo goal
24'

Substitution

sub
Aleksandar Dragović
Aleksandar Dragović
sub
Sven Bender
Sven Bender
24'

SVEN FORCED OFF

The centre-back is having to come off here with what looks to be a hamstring injury, and he's replaced by Dragovic.
21'

THREE AT THE BACK

Peter Bosz has changed things up for this game, deploying a three-man defence against Bremen made up of the Bremen twins and Jonathan Tah. So far it is working well, with Weiser out on the left flank and Bellarabi on the right.
15'

SARGENT HAS A GO...

A nice opening for the American created by himself. He comes forward with the ball, cutting inside past the challenge of L. Bender before shooting at goal. It's straight at Hradecky though, who is able to gather it.
9'

BREMEN NOT STARTING BADLY

The away side will not be down-heartened by going behind. They've made a fine start here, getting on the ball well and enjoying good possession. An unfortunate mistake in defence from a set-piece is something they can quickly learn to move on from.
4'

AN OWN-GOAL FROM TOPRAK!

Sorry to disappoint those of you with Sven Bender in your fantasy teams, but it's indeed Ömer Toprak who gets the final touch. Demirbay's corner swings beautifully into the box and is flicked on to the back post. Bender and Toprak go at it together and it ends up finding the net off of Toprak's shin.
4'

Ömer Toprak

OWN GOAL!

1:0
Ömer Toprak
1'

UNDERWAY IN LEVERKUSEN

Our Saturday night thriller is underway at the BayArena...
Kick-off!

A CHANCE TO GAIN ON THE PACK

In what is the most competitive start to a Bundesliga season since the three-point rule came into play, both Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen can make major steps forward this evening after the results earlier today. A win for the home side would take them third overnight, while three points for Bremen would see them rise one place, but be only three points off the top six.

TOPRAK RETURNS

It's a return to a former home today for Ömer Toprak, as well as the starting line-up for Bremen. The centre-back starts for the first time since Matchday 2. 

HAVERTZ OUT ILL

Leverkusen's star playmaker is not involved today due to illness and so Nadiem Amiri takes his No.10 role, with Alario starting up front and Volland on the left in the Leverkusen attack.

LEVERKUSEN STARTING LINE-UP!

Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Weiser, L. Bender (c) – Baumgartlinger, Demirbay – Bellarabi, Amiri, Volland – Alario ( Subs: Özcan, Retsos, Dragovic, Paulinho, Pohjanpalo, Diaby, Stanilewicz, Azhil)

BREMEN STARTING LINE-UP!

Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Toprak, Groß, Friedl – M. Eggestein, Sahin, Klaassen (c) – Bittencourt, Sargent, Rashica ( Subs: Kapino, Lang, Veljkovic, Langkamp, J. Eggestein, Goller, Woltemade, Bargfrede)

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