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Highlights

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Watch: Xabi Alonso on Leverkusen's unbeaten start

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Watch: Patrik Schick "happy to be healthy again"

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Full-time: Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Bochum

A stunning performance to end a very fine year of football for Bayer Leverkusen! Patrik Schick's first-half hat-trick and Victor Boniface's strike within moments of his introduction in the second period ensure Xabi Alonso's side remain four points ahead of the rest of the Bundesliga going into the winter break.
Full-time
90'

Frimpong crosses for Boniface

It's too deep from the Dutchman. Four minutes of stoppage time are indicated.
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.
87'

Frimpong fastest again

The Dutch wing-back has been one of a number of Leverkusen players to shine tonight.
Fastest runner (km/h)
34.94
33.5
Jeremie Frimpong Cristian Gamboa
81'

Leverkusen looking for more

Tapsoba has a shot from a corner saved by Riemann.
76'

Chance for Hložek

Frimpong cuts another dangerous ball in from the right, and Adam Hložek hits over.
73'

Alonso rings further changes

Adam Hložek and Gustavo Puerta have a chance to show what they can do in the final phases.
69'

4-0! Boniface makes instant impact!

Having watched from the bench as Patrik Schick tore Bochum to pieces in the first half, Boniface pounces within two minutes of entering the pitch - latching on to a Wirtz through ball and bashing the ball into and past Riemann.
69'
Victor Boniface
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.
37 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
13.6 m
67'

Schick leaves the field

There is great applause for the hat-trick hero as he is replaced by Victor Boniface, with Tapsoba also on for Tah.
63'

Two changes for Bochum

The triple strike from Schick took the wind well and truly out of their sails after a bright start - and we've seen no signs so far in the second period that the visitors can mount an unlikely comeback.
62'

Andrich thought he had made it four

The German international is in the side for the suspended Palacios tonight, and he dispatches a bullet header in from around the penalty spot following a neat Grimaldo cross. VAR spots that Wirtz was offside in the build-up, however.
62'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationGoal
ReviewOffside?
DecisionNo goal
60'

Hofmann over

Schick and Wirtz combine on the edge of the box to tee up Hofmann, whose drive goes behind via a Bernardo block.
56'

Offside opportunities

Both Patrik Schick and Christopher Antwi-Adjei got the ball behind the opposing defences, but both were flagged for offside.
55'

Leverkusen in control

Possession was much more evenly contested at the start of the match, but the leaders are well on top now.
Possession (%)
6238
50'

Wirtz feeds Frimpong

Leverkusen's first chance of the second period sees Florian Wirtz ping a ball from the left to Jeremie Frimpong at the far post. The Dutchman was positioned perfectly but his touch is too heavy to allow him to get a shot away,
46'

Leverkusen get the second half underway

Their fans are in fine voice, quite understandably after the staggering end to the first period.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 4

Substitution

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Half-time: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Bochum

After an even opening 30 minutes, the Patrik Schick show has simply blown Bochum away. The Czech striker has smashed a sensational hat-trick on his first Bundesliga start in 14 months.
Half-time
45'
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SCHICK HAT-TRICK!

The returning hero strikes again! Alejandro Grimaldo floats a corner in and Patrik Schick glances a header off a defender's shoulder and in to complete his first-half hat-trick! The Leverkusen faithful are loving this.
45'
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Patrik Schick
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.
10 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
5.05 m
43'

Hofmann denied

Jonas Hofmann charges towards the edge of the box and sends a drive in that Manuel Riemann grabs. Hofmann then tees Grimaldo up right in front of goal, but the Spaniard clips over with the goal gaping. It is all Leverkusen right now!
41'

Sharp Schick seeks hat-trick

That was almost his third! Schick takes the ball inside the box with his back to goal, spins around but fires over.
39'

First booking of the game

Erhan Mašović yanks the shirt of Florian Wirtz to stop a break and gets shown a yellow card right away.
34'

Frimpong saved

Leverkusen are buoyant and sensing the chance for further goals! Frimpong smashes a drive from the edge of the box, but Riemann prevents his side from falling three down.
32'

Schick again!

Wow! On his first start for 14 months, the Czech striker blasts a brace within the space of two minutes. Jeremie Frimpong puts it on a plate from the right for Schick to smash past Riemann for 2-0.
32'
Patrik Schick
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.
45 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
94.05 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
13.75 m
30'

Schick scores from the spot!

The leaders are in front - with the Czech striker slotting past Manuel Riemann from the spot.
30'
Patrik Schick
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.
77 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
11 m
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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.
29'

Penalty to Leverkusen!

Patrik Schick is tripped by Manuel Riemann, and the leaders will have a chance to take the lead.
28'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationPenalty
ReviewPrevious Offside?
DecisionPenalty
27'

Schick for Xhaka

Patrik Schick pulls the ball back from the right for the onrushing Granit Xhaka, whose touch is too heavy and the ball runs on to the goalkeeper.
24'

Bernardo header saved

The Brazilian centre-back had a headed effort from a throw-in but it looped into Lukáš Hrádecký's arms.
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Even start

Leverkusen are yet to stamp their authority on this game against a determined Bochum side, and there have been few chances at either end.
15'

Bochum corner

The visitors' pressure continues. Gonçalo Paciência swirls a corner in to Lukáš Hrádecký, who saves well.
14'

Leverkusen passing disrupted

Bochum have set out to press Bayer Leverkusen and, unusually, over 25% of the hosts' passes have gone astray.
Passes
51
63
10'

Asano down in the box

Bochum thread together a nice attacking move that sees Takuma Asano get the ball into the box, but a superb sliding tackle from Josip Stanišić takes it off the Japanese attacker. Christopher Antwi-Adjei then flashes a shot wide via a deflection as Bochum's strong start continues.
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Quiet start - until Frimpong gets going

We had a break for a couple of minutes after kick-off, and Leverkusen were happy to pass the ball around thereafter. Jeremie Frimpong now suddenly charges forward down the right, but his ball into the box is claimed by Manuel Riemann.
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Off we go

Just a reminder - Leverkusen can break the all-time Bundesliga record for a best-ever unbeaten run to start a season (in all competitions) tonight.
Kick-off!

Here come the teams

There is a suitably festive atmosphere in Leverkusen tonight. It is certain to be a happy Christmas for fans around here, and we'll see in a couple of minutes if it will get even better...

Experienced Werkself

The Leverkusen line-up tonight has an average age of 27.2 - older than any other Leverkusen side since the final day of the 2020/21 season.
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He had a free chocolate coin and scored a goal at the weekend...

How will Takuma Asano get on tonight?
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The Bay Arena some time ago

Leverkusen's stadium should see some send-off in the league leader's final match of 2023 tonight...

More on that Leverkusen team

It looks like Xabi Alonso is preparing in advance for the absentees at the African Cup of Nations in January. Victor Boniface starts a match on the bench for the first time at Leverkusen, alongside Edmond Tapsoba and Odilon Kossounou. Josip Stanišić and Piero Hincapie start in defence, while Patrik Schick leads the line in his first start in over 14 months.

More on that Bochum team

Thomas Letsch makes two changes for the visit to the league leaders compared to the side that started the 3-0 win over Union Berlin. Matúš Bero and Erhan Mašović are brought in.

Leverkusen starting XI

Hrádecký (c) - Stanišić, Tah, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Xhaka, Grimaldo - Hofmann, Wirtz - Schick

Leverkusen subs

Kovář, Kossounou, Tapsoba, Amiri, Puerta, Tella, Adli, Boniface, Hložek

Bochum starting XI

Riemann - Gamboa, Mašović, Schlotterbeck, Bernardo - Osterhage, Losilla (c), Bero - Asano, Paciência, Antwi-Adjei

Bochum subs

Thiede, Soares, Oermann, Wittek, Loosli, Förster, Daschner, Kwarteng, Broschinski

Afcon looming

Leverkusen are set to be without Edmond Tapsoba, Odilon Kossounou and Victor Boniface in the new year, with the Africa Cup of Nations taking place between 13 January and 11 February. The Bundesliga leaders have games against Augsburg, Leipzig, Gladbach, Darmstadt and Bayern in that window, as well as a DFB Cup quarter-final with Stuttgart.

Table talk

Leverkusen are guaranteed to head into the winter break in first place. They're currently four points clear of Bayern, who go to Wolfsburg today and have a game in hand. Leipzig are two points behind Bayern in third, but surprise package Stuttgart will leapfrog them if they beat Augsburg. Fourteenth ahead of the trip to Leverkusen, Bochum have a six-point cushion on the relegation zone.
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Watch: Grimaldo explains his shooting technique

With two goals from direct free-kicks and many more scored from the edge of the box, Grimaldo has shown the Bundesliga a new way of striking the ball, as he explained...
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Watch: Grimaldo on life under Alonso

Wing wizard Álex Grimaldo has blossomed since his summer arrival at the BayArena under the tutelage of fellow Spaniard Xabi Alonso.
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The view from Leverkusen

"It’s the last game this year and against a good team," said Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso in his pre-match press conference. "They are a competitive team but we are at home. We had a good atmosphere on Sunday and we want to play with this quality again. We are prepared and hoping for a good game."
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The view from Bochum

"It's impressive how Leverkusen are playing this season," said Thomas Letsch before the game. "It's been a long time since their last defeat, and of course we remember it fondly (Bochum were the last team to beat Leverkusen in any competition, winning 3-0 on the final day of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season). They're having a sensational run. We know about the quality, but we go there with conviction."
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Alonso's record-breakers

Leverkusen's 24-game unbeaten run at the start of this campaign is the longest in German history, matching Hamburg's streak in 1982/83. Not only that, Alonso's men have averaged 2.6 points per game this term, which is more than any other side in Europe's top five leagues.
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Probable line ups

Who’s set to play this weekend? Who’s going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!
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Watch: Bochum 3-0 Leverkusen - previous meeting

Last term, Bochum secured Bundesliga football for another year by beating Leverkusen 3-0. Philipp Förster, Takuma Asano and Kevin Stöger were the heroes that day.
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Watch: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt - highlights

Goals from Victor Boniface, Jeremie Frimpong and Florian Wirtz ensured Leverkusen end 2023 in first-place as they eased passed Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 15.
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Watch: Bochum 3-0 Union Berlin - highlights

Bochum were brilliant at the weekend, with Takumi Asano, Gonçalo Paciência and Kevin Stöger all hitting the target on a day of celebration for Thomas Letsch's side.

Hello and welcome!

Thanks for joining us for build-up and live coverage of this Matchday 16 fixture between Leverkusen and Bochum.