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WATCH: SCHICK: "IT WASN'T EASY"
WATCH: FORSBERG: "WE IMPROVED IN THE SECOND HALF"
Both teams have to settle for a point, although arguably both will feel they should have won it. Leverkusen were better for most of the first half but Leipzig were much improved after the break. The best chance of the second 45 minutes fell to Leverkusen teenager Wirtz, but he could only hit the post, leaving a highly entertaining encounter to finish all square.
Lars Bender makes way for Austrain defender Dragovic.
Olmo goes off and Henrichs comes on as Leipzig make their fourth change of the game.
BAILEY IN BEHIND
A first sight of goal for Bailey after skipping behind the Leipzig defence down the right. He slips in the box and tries to recover, but Leipzig get numbers back behind the ball to clear.
JUST WIDE FROM ANGELINO
Leipzig work the ball well across the edge of Leverkusen's box and it eventually comes to Angelino on the left. He shoots first time, but drags it just wide of Hradecky's far post.
NO SHOT IN 20 MINUTES
That disallowed Schick effort aside, Leverkusen haven't had a shot at goal since Wirtz hit the post in the 59th minute.
Leverkusen bring on some fresh legs in Bailey and Amiri, who replace Demirbay and Bellarabi.
SCHICK GOAL DISALLOWED
The Leverkusen forward has the ball in the net, curling a beautiful left-footed shot past Gulacsi from the edge of the area, but it's rightly ruled out for offside.
NOTHING IN IT
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SO CLOSE FROM LEIPZIG!
Hwang wins another free-kick, this time right on the very edge of the Leverkusen area. Nkunku's shot is saved by Hradecky but the rebound falls straight at the feet of Hwang, who blazes over from close range!
The visitors win a free-kick around 30 yards from goal. Nkunku floats it in towards the back post, looking for Mukiele. He goes to ground after tussling with Bender and appeals for a penalty, but the referee is well placed and waves play on.
Wirtz intercepts a loose pass in midfield and immediately goes on the attack. He plays the ball to his left to Diaby, who attempts to cross even though he's in a good position to shoot. His ball towards the back post is cleared for a corner.
NEXT SUB FOR LEIPZIG
Forsberg's influence has waned somewhat after the break after an excellent first half. He's replaced by Christopher Nkunku in attacking midfield.
The Leipzig midfielder sees a yellow card for a late tackle on Diaby in midfield.
WIRTZ HITS THE POST!
Diaby tears forward down the right and plays the ball into the path of Bellarabi, who immediately squares it across the box to the back post, where Wirtz is arriving. He takes it first time but can only hit the upright!
ON COMES TAH
Leverkusen make their first substitution of the game as Tah comes on at centre-back for Sven Bender, who seems to have picked up an injury.
DIABY TESTS GULACSI
Leverkusen finally muster a response as Demirbay releases Diaby into the channel on the right. He shoots towards the near post, but Gulacsi has it covered and tips wide for a corner.
WIDE FROM OLMO
Hwang is involved yet again, this time down the left. He gets to the byline before cutting inside and laying the ball off to Olmo, who skews his shot well wide of the target. He could probably have done better from there.
Despite Leipzig's improvement, the home side are still on top statistically. They've had 60 per cent of possession and have completed significantly more passes than their guests.
LEIPZIG MUCH IMPROVED
Having struggled towards the end of the first half, Leipzig have come out for the second period with renewed purpose. Olmo releases Hwang into space down the right, and although his attempted pull-back for Adams is intercepted, it's another sign that the away side are in the ascendancy here.
PROMISING POSITION FOR LEIPZIG
Hwang wins a free-kick on the right, drawing a foul from Tapsoba. Angelino curls it in, but it’s not a great delivery and Leverkusen can clear.
Leverkusen get the action under way once more. Leipzig made one change at half-time, with Hee-Chan Hwang coming on for Kampl in an attacking substitution for the visitors.
The teams head into the changing rooms on level terms after an entertaining first 45 minutes. Leipzig settled first and took the lead through Forsberg's superb effort, but the home side grew into the game as the half wore on and, after Demirbay's brilliant equaliser, were the better team. All to play for after the break!
OVER FROM BELLARABI
The Leverkusen winger receives the ball on the right-hand corner of the Leipzig box, before cutting inside and shaping to shoot. It's on his weaker left foot though, and it's a harmless effort that goes well over.
GULACSI DENIES SCHICK!
Leverkusen have been camped out in Leipzig's half for the last couple of minutes and go close to taking the lead as Schick leaps above Mukiele at the back post to meet Lars Bender's cross. He gets some decent power on it, but Gulacsi reacts superbly to paw the ball to safety.
OVER FROM BENDER
A nice move from Leverkusen as Diaby charges into space down the left. He plays the ball into the middle and after a couple of nice touches it's laid off to Lars Bender, who's hovering just outside the area. He takes a first-time shot but it's always rising and doesn't trouble Gulacsi.
The Leipzig centre-back has been the fastest player on the pitch so far, reaching a top speed of 35.3km/h (21.9 mph).
Fastest runner (km\/h)
Karim BellarabiDayot Upamecano
HALF-CHANCE FOR DIABY
A cross is whipped into the box from the right, but Upamecano gets a head on it to clear towards the back post. He doesn't see Diaby arriving though, and the Frenchman attempts an ambitious volley - but misses the target.
DEMIRBAY LOVES A LONG-RANGE HIT
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FIRST SUB FOR LEIPZIG
Poulsen is forced off after picking up an injury, making way for new signing Alexander Sorloth to make his Bundesliga debut.
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HOME FROM HOME FOR FORSBERG
The Sweden international has now scored four times against Leverkusen, all of which have been at the BayArena. He also now has two Bundesliga goals in 2020/21, his best ever start to a season.
DEMIRBAY FROM RANGE!
Moments after Diaby went close to equalising for the visitors, Demirbay gets the hosts back on level terms. Lars Bender passes the ball to him a good 10 yards outside the box, right of centre, and he sends a sensational, dipping shot over Gulcsi and into the net.
The Leverkusen midfielder is the first player to have his name taken by the referee today for a late challenge on Olmo in the middle of the park.
STUNNING GOAL FROM FORSBERG!
Wow, an absolutely brilliant goal from Forsberg! He receives the ball on the edge of the Leverkusen area, left of centre, and drops a shoulder to bamboozle Lars Bender before rifling an unstoppable shot high into the net past Hradecky!
BELLARABI IN SPACE
A murmur of excitement from the home crowd as Bellarabi finds space on the right wing for the first time this game. He drives forward but is tackled by Angelino and the attackbreaks down.
There's not much to separate the teams statistically early on, but it's notable that the visitors are sprinting a lot more than Leverkusen.
LEIPZIG WORKING UP A SWEAT
LUCK ESCAPE FOR SINKGRAVEN
Leipzig press high around the Leverkusen box, but the home team still try to play their way out from the back. Demirbay gives the ball to Sinkgraven on the edge of his own area, and the left-back's attempted pass under pressure is intercepted - fortunately for him it bounces out for a goal kick.
HOW DID KAMPL MISS?!
Forsberg scampers clear down the left wing as Leipzig get forward with menace for the first time. He looks up and sees Kampl arriving on the edge of the box, laying the ball off into his path. Kampl has the goal at his mercy, but seems to rush his shot and he blazes it well over. He holds his head in his hands - he knows that was a glorious chance.
FIRST SIGHT OF GOAL FOR SCHICK
Diaby delivers a teasing ball to the near post, where Schick is arriving. He's just beaten to it by a defender, who clears for a corner. Lars Bender gets a head on the ball when it's crossed in, but it's an easy save for Gulacsi.
STILL TO SETTLE
Both teams are pressing high up the pitch, interrupting the flow of the other. Possession is being won and lost every couple of seconds at the moment and neither side has been able to string any moves together.
AND WE'RE OFF!
Leipzig get the ball rolling at the BayArena! Buckle up, we're in for quite the ride!
NOT LONG NOW
The substitutes are making their way on to the bench and the rest of the players are lining up in the tunnel. We're just moments away from kick-off now.
These teams have met eight times in the Bundesliga previously, but Leverkusen have never won on home turf. Die Werkself have only triumphed once overall - in Leipzig in April 2018. Die Roten Bullen have four wins to their name, while there have been three draws.
SNEAK PEAK INSIDE LEIPZIG'S DRESSING ROOM
FIRST START FOR SCHICK
Patrik Schick is in the Leverkusen starting line-up for the first time since arriving over the summer - and against Leipzig of all teams. The Czech Republic international striker scored 10 Bundesliga goals for Julian Nagelsmann's side on loan from Roma last season.
THE 1-1 DERBY
LEVERKUSEN STARTING XI!
Hradecky - L. Bender, S. Bender, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven - Wirtz, Aranguiz (c), Demirbay - Bellarabi, Schick, Diaby
Lomb, Tah, Dragovic, Bailey, Amiri, Alario, Baumgartlinger, Wendell, Palacios
LEIPZIG STARTING XI!
Gulacsi (c) – Klostermann, Upamecano, Mukiele – Haidara, Adams, Kampl, Angelino – Olmo, Forsberg – Poulsen
Tschauner, Orban, Hwang, Nkunku, Sorloth, Samardzic, Henrichs
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