Highlights

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WATCH: XABI ALONSO - 'I HAVE THE DESIRE'

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WATCH: ALONSO 'HAPPY' AFTER DEBUT WIN

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WATCH: LUKAS HRADECKY ON ALONSO'S 'FRESH ENERGY'

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90'

FOUR FOR BAYER 04!

A scoreline they'll love at Leverkusen as substitute Paulinho is slipped in behind and he makes no mistake with his first involvement from the bench.
90'
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Situation Goal
Review Offside?
Decision Goal
90'

Paulinho

GOAL!

4 : 0
Paulinho
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
46 %
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong 35.47km/h
2.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 34.18km/h
3.
Amine Adli
Amine Adli 33.43km/h
88'

Substitution

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Paulinho
Paulinho
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Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi
88'

Substitution

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Odilon Kossounou
Odilon Kossounou
sub
Piero Hincapie
Piero Hincapie
84'

WINDING DOWN THE CLOCK

Leverkusen look certain to win but they'll want to see out these final few minutes without giving Schalke any sniff of a chance.
Goal attempts
6 off target
6 on target
1 off target
1 on target
79'

Substitution

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Danny Latza
Danny Latza
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Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
73'

SCHICK DONE

There will be no goal for the Leverkusen striker as he's withdrawn with about 20 minutes to go.
72'

Substitution

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Adam Hložek
Adam Hložek
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Patrik Schick
Patrik Schick
69'

SCHICK OVER

Probably the only thing missing from this performance from a Leverkusen perspective is a Schick goal. He gets his head onto a cross from the right but can't keep it down. Moments later he gets another chance left of goal, but it's a tame effort.
64'

Substitution

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Amine Adli
Amine Adli
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Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby
64'

Substitution

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Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay
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Charles Aránguiz
Charles Aránguiz
64'

Substitution

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Alex Kral
Alex Kral
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Florian Flick
Florian Flick
64'

Substitution

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Florent Mollet
Florent Mollet
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Dominick Drexler
Dominick Drexler
63'

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN!

Although Mohr couldn't actually catch him, which is why he was withdrawn earlier.
Fastest runner (km/h)
35.47
33.01
Jeremie Frimpong Tobias Mohr
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STARS OF THE DAY

Frimpong has scored twice, but Diaby has got both assists and scored one himself.
58'

Win Probability

Three points in the bag now for Leverkusen? The stats suggest so, but there's still 30 minutes to go...
46'
94 %
Now
99 %
58'

Yellow card

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Piero Hincapie
Piero Hincapie
56'

BEEN HERE BEFORE

Frimpong scored his other two goals this season in Leverkusen's only previous win of the campaign against Mainz. Another brace from him looks to have done the job for the second three points.
53'

FRIMPONG BRACE!

Scintillating stuff from Bayer. From their own box to the other in a matter of seconds. Diaby bringing the ball through the middle, Frimpong darts between centre-backs as the ball goes straight into his path and the defender bags his brace with a left-footed finish to the bottom corner.
53'

Jeremie Frimpong

GOAL!

3 : 0
Jeremie Frimpong
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
22 %
49'

Pressure Handling

80%
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Callum Hudson-Odoi
10 times under pressure
Callum Hudson-Odoi
46'

DOUBLE CHANGE

Not very surprising to see Mohr withdrawn after that first half. Ouwejan is on in his place. Polter is also replaced by Aydin, a right-back by trade. But he may play a little further forward ahead of Brunner.
Kick-off!
45'
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Substitution

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Thomas Ouwejan
Thomas Ouwejan
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Tobias Mohr
Tobias Mohr
45'
+ 2

Substitution

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Mehmet Can Aydin
Mehmet Can Aydin
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Sebastian Polter
Sebastian Polter
45'
+ 2

Win Probability

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Win Probability
This Match Fact documents significant changes in the probability of victory for both teams during the course of the match. The value is based on actual match play and incorporates existing Match Facts such as Expected Goals, Skill and Set-Piece Dange
Leverkusen's statistical probability of winning this game was 55% at kick-off - compared to 21% for Schalke. After those two quickfire goals at the end of this game, their Win Probability has risen to 94%. The visitors now have a one in 100 chance of victory.
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55 %
45'
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94 %
Half-time
43'

FRIMPONG THE GOALSCORER

Third goal of the campaign for the Dutchman, making him Leverkusen's joint top scorer with Kerem Demirbay. Frimpong had scored just once in his Bundesliga career before this season.
41'

DOUBLE BLOW!

And just like that Leverkusen are two to the good. Superb play from Hudson-Odoi to burst through the middle and move it out right to Diaby. He sees Frimpong on the overlap, plays it into his path and the Dutchman taps it across Schwolow and inside the far post.
41'

Jeremie Frimpong

GOAL!

2 : 0
Jeremie Frimpong
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
12 %
40'

16TH TIME'S THE CHARM

After scoring 13 times last season, it's taken Diaby 16 attempts and nine games this term to open his account.
38'

DIABOOM!

From almost nothing, a harmless ball into the feet of Diaby 30 yards out in the centre. He drives at the Schalke defence, shifts it onto his stronger left and unleashes an unstoppable effort past a stranded Schwolow to bring the first goal of the Alonso era at the BayArena.
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Moussa Diaby

GOAL!

1 : 0
Moussa Diaby
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
8 %
37'

STILL NOT DESERVING OF A GOAL

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
It's been an entertaining game so far with plenty of attacking intent from Bayer, but 0-0 is still a fair score.
xGoals
0
0.4
0.0
0
Goals
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A DISAGREEMENT

Bülter holds back Frimpong. Clear foul but there's disagreement between the two parties and referee Reichel has to step in. Handshakes and move on.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 34.18km/h
2.
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong 33.99km/h
3.
Tobias Mohr
Tobias Mohr 33.01km/h
29'

HANDBALL

Frimpong is going to feature prominently in Mohr's nightmares tonight. Again the Leverkusen man spins his opponent, this time reaching the by-line before the cutback. Aranguiz attempts the back heel at the near post but ends up flicking it against his hand.
28'

CHANCES COMING NOW

Aranguiz is the latest to have a crack after a Hudson-Odoi effort but again it's off target.
Goal attempts
5 off target
0 on target
0 off target
0 on target
25'

SCHICK!

A slip from Flick on the halfway line allows Diaby to race away down that dangerous right flank. He squares for Schick arriving on the edge. He's got Hudson-Odoi outside him but goes for goal. Deflected and over. Last season's second-top scorer then heads the corner well wide.
24'

SO FAR, SO GOOD

Leverkusen had conceded four times in the first 15 minutes over the first eight matchdays. They haven't even faced a shot today. But at the same time they've only fashioned one attempt of their own.
19'

POLTER DOWN

The Schalke striker needs some treatment. Players take the chance for a drink and Alonso seems to have an individual discussion with each of his players.
18'

ATTACKING ZONES

Eight of Leverkusen's 12 entries into the final third have come down the wide right.
15'

PASS, PASS...

...find the gap and burst forward. That looks to be the Alonso way so far.
Passes
83
37
13'

CLEAR YELLOW

Guess who the foul was on? Tapsoba with the ball over the top down the right. Frimpong knocks it past one man before Yoshida comes flying across and cleans him up before the Dutchman can reach the box. Clear yellow, no complaints.
13'

Yellow card

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Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
10'

BALL IN THE NET...

The roof would've come off the BayArena if this had counted. A free-kick into the Schalke box ricochets around before falling to Aranguiz 20 yards. A sweet first-time hit from the Chilean's left foot finds the top corner, but the referee's whistle goes for a foul against Hincapie in build-up.
9'

LIVELY FRIMPONG

It's all going through the right wing-back so far. He's picked out again and with acres of space to run into bursts away. Only a trip from the backtracking Bülter can stop him.
6'

SIDE NETTING

Same again as Frimpong turns Mohr on the halfway line and is away. Ball ahead of him into the box for Diaby to run onto. He hits it first time on his weaker right foot and can only find the side netting.
2'

XABI BALL?

Less than a minute in and we've already seen Leverkusen fly up down the right twice with Frimpong and Diaby. No tiki-taka from the former pass-master yet, just get forward as quickly as possible.
Kick-off!
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HERE'S THE NEW BOSS

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WATCH: INSIDE THE SCHALKE CHANGING ROOM

S04 TEAM NEWS

Schalke coach Kramer opts for three changes to his starting Xi today, with Cedric Brunner, Leo Greiml and Tobias Mohr all making it in to the Royal Blues defence.

BAYER TEAM NEWS

Xabi Alonso makes one change to the Leverkusen side that lost to Porto in the Champions League during the week, with Mitchel Bakker replacing Adam Hlozek, who drops to the bench. Meanwhile, the new Bayer boss opts for a back three of Hincapie, Tapsoba and Tah.

BAYER SUBS

Lunev, Kossounou, Paulinho, Demirbay, Amiri, Adli, Sinkgraven, Hlozek, Fosu-Mensah

BAYER STARTING XI

Hradecky (c) - Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Aranguiz, Bakker - Diaby, Schick, Hudson-Odoi

SCHALKE SUBS

Fährmann, Ouwejan, Larsson, Latza, Karaman, Mollet, Aydin, Kral, Matriciani

SCHALKE STARTING XI

Schwolow - Brunner, Greiml, Yoshida, Mohr - Krauß, Flick - Polter, Drexler, Bülter - Terodde (c)
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"POSITIVE RESULT" DRIVES KRAMER

Schalke sit just two places and one point above their opponents today and, like B04, also have just one solitary victory after eight games. Coach Frank Kramer predicts, "Only a few small things will be adjusted," in Leverkusen's set-up while he insisted his side, “Have to stay true to ourselves and do the things necessary to get a positive result."

XABI WANTS INTENSITY

B04 have just one win and five points to show for their eight top-flight games thus far but that could soon change with a new man at the helm. "I want us to play modern football, be dominant, intense and dynamic," former Bayern Munich midfielder Alonso explained. “The players should enjoy and like how they’re playing. We want the stadium to be packed and to have a great atmosphere. We want the crowd to be pushing us.”
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XABI ALONSO IS READY

The new man is straight into the action today, stating in the build-up, "I’ve decided to take this step because it felt right. I feel ready and I made it clear to everyone at the club that I’m highly motivated.”

WELCOME ALONG

Welcome one and all to today's coverage of what looks set to be a Bundesliga belter between Leverkusen and Schalke. The added spice in the mix arrives in the form of new Bayer coach, Xabi Alonso! A legend of the game is set to take charge of his first match at the BayArena and we're here for it.
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WATCH: GET READY FOR LEVERKUSEN VS. SCHALKE!