LEVERKUSEN UP TO THIRD
Well that second half certainly made up for the first! Patrik Schick had a penalty saved by Yann Sommer on 51 minutes but just seconds later Robert Andrich put the visitors in front with his third goal of the season. The first goal came from a corner, with the second arriving sixteen minutes from time from a left-wing free-kick. Czech star Schick got on the end of it to make it 2-0. Nico Elvedi then scrambled home from a Gladbach corner to make it a one-goal game with nine minutes to play, before Kerem Demirbay missed another Leverkusen spot-kick with three minutes left. The visitors had a whopping 29 shots at goal compared to Gladbach's 16. They climb to third while Gladbach will stay in 12th.
The Gladbach does not deserve to be on the losing side. As if saying two second-half penalties wasn't enough, he now has to deal with Amine Adli storming through on goal. Sommer, though, is able to deny the substitute not once but twice.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong33.01km/h
SOMMER SAVES AGAIN!
Incredible! Swiss stopper Sommer has saved his second penalty of the game! Kerem Demirbay takes this one and strikes it well - low and to the keeper's left. But somehow the Gladbach keeper gets down to tip the ball around the post. This time the home side are able to clear the corner - they are still in this game!
Wirtz is tripped by Beyer and Leverkusen have their second penalty of the game.
GLADBACH PULL ONE BACK!
Scally does superbly to cut inside Fosu-Mensah and thump a shot towards the top corner. A strong hand from Hradecky, though, keeps it out. There is nothing the 32-year-old can do from the resultant corner, however, as the ball bounces around the box before being slammed home from close range by Elvedi.
SCHICK MAKES IT TWO!
Leverkusen swing over a free-kick from the left and Schick bundles home his 18th league goal of the season!
NEUHAUS HAS A POP
Neuhaus has another go with a free-kick from the edge of the area but Finland international Hradecky makes another save.
Stindl tries to bend one into the far corner from a central position on the edge of the area, but Hradecky just about gets across to keep it out.
Schick does really well to get away from Nico Elvedi, but Sommer stands tall to beat away the Czech's strike from the left. The Leverkusen attacker then hits the rebound over from a similarly tight angle.
SCHICK HOOKS OVER
Moussa Diaby races down the left, but Schick can't keep an acrobatic left-footed effort down. The cross was a little behind him as he charged into the six-yard box. Meanwhile Gladbach have sent on two potential game changers in the shape of US youngster Scally and French attacker Thuram.
CAN GLADBACH RESPOND?
One or two Gladbach players will be happy to see the back of rapid right-back Frimpong, who has had to leave the field due to an injury. The home side will have to dig deep and show some real character, though, if they are to pick their way through a stodgy Leverkusen backline.
ANDRICH FOR LEVERKUSEN!
Would you believe it?! Sommer's save led to a Leverkusen corner, and Andrich meets it to put the visitors in front. The former Union Berlin midfielder managed to get himself free and arrived at pace to finish from the centre of the six-yard box.
SAVED BY SOMMER!
Patrik Schick hits his spot-kick towards the corner but Sommer dives to his right to push it behind for a corner.
PENALTY FOR LEVERKUSEN!
Bellarabi goes down as Friedrich tries to keep him in check.
The second half is underway - neither team has made a change at the break.
ALL SQUARE AT THE BREAK
Leverkusen have shaded this game in terms of possession with Kerem Demirbay impressing in midfield - he's won 83 percent of his tackles and set up four shooting chances for teammates. Embolo is trying his best at the other end, but both sides will feel they need to up their game to make the breakthrough.
Former Celtic man Jeremie Frimpong is looking lively down the right, but Leverkusen are still waiting for that one big chance.
A SLOG FOR BOTH SIDES
This is turning into a bit of an arm wrestle. Two Leverkusen defenders have picked up yellow cards now, though: Jonathan Tah for a foul on Breel Embolo and Mitchel Bakker for a handball.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong33.01km/h
FRIEDRICH HEADS WIDE
Friedrich was a real threat for Union from set-pieces, and he's continuing that trend on his debut for Gladbach. The defender heads wide, though, from a right-wing free-kick.
Two evenly matched sides are battling it out here. They've both had four shots apiece, but clear chances have been hard to come by.
Bellarabi's pace is a danger for Gladbach and after Leverkusen try to release him, the move ends with Robert Andrich blasting well off target from outside the area.
LEVERKUSEN HOLDING ON
Gladbach force a couple of corners and are putting some pressure on, but the visitors are holding firm for the moment.
Florian Neuhas works some room for a shot level with the penalty spot, but Lukas Hradecky makes a smart save.
NO TAKERS FOR STINDL
Lars Stindl flings the ball across the six-yard box but no one in a white shirt can get on the end of it.
LEVERKUSEN SHADING IT
The visitors have had 55 percent of the ball so far.
A quiet enough opening, but you get the feeling this game will come to life soon...
Winger Karim Bellarabi comes back into the side for the visitors, with Paulinho unavailable today. That's the only change to the team that drew 2-2 with Union last time out.
FRIEDRICH STRAIGHT IN
Centre-back Marvin Friedrich signed from Union Berlin during the week, and he goes straight into the team for his debut.
LEVERKUSEN: Hradecky (c) - Frimpong, Tah, Hincapie, Bakker - Andrich, Demirbay - Bellarabi, Wirtz, Diaby - Schick Subs: Lunev, Adli, Alario, Amiri, Fosu-Mensah, Gedikli, Retsos, Sertdemir.
GLADBACH: Sommer - Elvedi, Jantschke, Friedrich - Lainer, Neuhaus, Kone, Netz - Benes, Stindl (c) - Embolo Subs: Sippel, Beyer, Ginter, Herrmann, Müsel, Noß, Plea, Scally, Thuram.
THE BIG MATCH!
The late kick-off should be a cracker. Borussia Mönchengladbach are out to build on their win over Bayern last week, while Bayer Leverkusen could go third with a win.
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