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Highlights

0:24
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Watch: Xabi Alonso praises Leverkusen and Heidenheim

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Watch: Jeremie Frimpong on 'patient' Leverkusen display

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Full-time: Heidenheim 1-2 Leverkusen

That’s a big win for Alonso’s Leverkusen. Heidenheim have been a stumbling block for many teams this season, but the league leaders have found a way past thanks to goals from Frimpong and Adli, making Kleindienst’s header just a consolation. The Werkself are now eight points clear at the top before Bayern go to Bochum on Sunday and have now equalled the Munich club’s record for a German team of 32 competitive fixtures unbeaten. Is this their year?!
Full-time
90'
+ 1

Added time

The fourth official confirms we'll have five more minutes of this tight encounter.
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.
88'

Triple switch

Alonso opts for fresh legs of his own with the clock ticking down in Heidenheim.
87'

One back for the hosts!

It's suddenly game on at the Voith-Arena as Kleindienst nods in Dovedan's headed back across the box from the left to end Leverkusen's run of over six hours without conceding.
86'
Tim Kleindienst
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.
57 %
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.
4.68 m
85'

Goalscoring machine

Leverkusen have now scored 57 goals in 22 games this Bundesliga campaign. It's the same number they managed in the whole of 2022/23.
84'

Blocked

Shouts of "shoot!" as Pick picks up the ball in space to the left of centre. He obliges but Stanišić makes the block.
82'

Adli doubles lead!

Leverkusen finally have their second and it's all about the pass from Wirtz. Acres of space in the centre, perfectly into the run of Adli, who rounds Müller and slots home to put the league leaders well in command.
81'

Amine Adli

GOAL!

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Amine Adli
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.
81 %
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.
9.79 m
77'

Wirtz off the bar!

So close to 2-0! Slick play inside the Heidenheim box, Wirtz with time and space right of goal. He strikes it really well but can only watch the ball cannon back off the crossbar with Müller well beaten.
76'

Double change

The hosts make a double switch with some fresh legs out wide.
74'

Straight swap

Alonso makes his first change with Iglesias on for Schick at centre-forward.
70'

Gimber!

The hosts are shifting up a gear now and Gimber unleashes a powerful shot from 18 yards. It forces Hrádecký into another stop low to his right.
66'

Good defending

Hincapie up against the burly Kleindienst does very well to get his head to a cross in the six-yard box before the Heidenheim striker.
64'

Impenetrable

We've now passed six hours since Leverkusen last conceded a goal.
61'

Flashed wide

Frimpong fancies settling this game all on his own. Quick feet to dart down the outside inside the box and he flashes a shot a matter of inches wide of the far post on the angle.
58'

Dovedan deflection

Wayward clearance from Frimpong goes straight to Dovedan, he cuts onto his left foot and shoots. It takes a deflection of Tah, but Hrádecký is still able to get his dive right and hold.
57'

An improvement

The reverse fixture in Leverkusen ended with 20-1 for shots in favour of the hosts. Heidenheim have doubled their tally already here.
Goal attempts
2off target
0on target
8off target
3on target
53'

Wide from Traoré

Leverkusen's right-back has scored, so Heidenheim's man tries his own luck from right of the box, but he bounces wide of the far post.
51'

Frimpong has a crack!

Rasping effort from the left foot of the Dutchman, but it's always rising.
49'

Tough nut to crack?

Leverkusen have won all 17 Bundesliga games this season in which they have led at some point.
46'

Back we come

The hosts make a change up front as Dovedan, who scored when these sides met here in the cup a few years ago, on for Beck.
Kick-off!
45'
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Substitution

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Half-time: Heidenheim 0-1 Leverkusen

A sucker punch to Heidenheim, who had done very well to hold Heidenheim at bay for pretty much all of that half. But Leverkusen have developed a habit of scoring in added time and have now snatched the lead at the Voith-Arena. They're going eight points clear as it stands!
Half-time
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Frimpong on the stroke of half-time!

Wirtz with space to turn in the centre, plays it out to Adli on the left. He cuts back low, all the way across to the far post, where Frimpong sweeps home - with a slight deflection - with the last kick of the half.
45'
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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.
17 %
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.
75.52 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.
11.74 m
45'
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Counter comes to nothing

From a Leverkusen corner, Heidenheim break but the final pass towards Beck is wayward.
45'
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Added time

Two extra minutes at the end of this half.
43'

All fair at 0-0?

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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).
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0.12
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36'

Well over

Dinkçi wins a corner, which eventually falls to Kleindienst, but his effort on the spin goes well over the top.
32'

Gimber booked

The Heidenheim centre-back with a tactical foul on the halfway line.
31'

Ball Recovery Time

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Ball Recovery Time
Ball Recovery Time gives the time in seconds in which it takes a team to win back the ball following a loss of possession. It also allows conclusions to be drawn about a team's style of play. Only time when the ball is in play is counted (i.e. no breaks in play such as for goal-kicks, throw-ins etc).
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10.4 s
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Ball recovery time

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Ball recovery time
Leverkusen have been almost twice as quick at winning back possession.
HDH
B04
18.6 s
10.4 s
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.
27'

Clear yellow

Föhrenbach realises he won't be able to keep up with Frimpong so hauls him back.
25'

One-way traffic so far

Goal attempts
0off target
0on target
3off target
1on target
20'

Lovely from Wirtz

He skips past a number of challenges on the left, twists this way and that before trying to cut it back. Blocked for a corner. Adli goes down in the box at the same time but nothing's given.
18'

No way through

Schick shows no ill effects from that earlier challenge and tries to drive between two defenders, but Mainka and Föhrenbach manage to muscle him off the ball.
15'

Free-kick Bayer

Frimpong is upended by Beste on the right edge of the Heidenheim box. Free-kick in a dangerous position with Grimaldo standing over it.
12'

Schick down

The big Czech striker, who's only just back from over a year out, goes down after a knock to his ankle. He looks fine to continue after some quick treatment.
9'

Leverkusen moving it

As expected, the visitors are the ones on the ball in the opening stages and passing it around.
Passes
20
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4'

Wirtz denied by Müller

Ball comes in low from the left. Wirtz hits it first time, looking to place his shot from the edge of the box, but Kevin Müller is down to his right to hold.
2'

Leverkusen break

Heidenheim press the visitors high and force them into a corner, but two passes later and Wirtz is racing away through the middle with the ball. He's got two players ahead of him but his through ball is cut out.
1'

Away we go!

Promoted Heidenheim's eight-game unbeaten run takes on the only team in Europe yet to lose a match this season. How's this one going to go?
Kick-off!

Kit watch

Heidenheim are in their traditional red and blue threads. Leverkusen, with only eight dropped points across 21 matchdays, are in their change strip of white with red and black trim.

Teams in the tunnel

The Voith-Arena is at capacity as they prepare to welcome their local heroes and the Bundesliga leaders.
0:11
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Watch: Inside the Bayer dressing room

Such depth in this Leverkusen team, with Odilon Kossounou back following his Africa Cup of Nations win with Ivory Coast, and only Arthur and Victor Boniface currently missing through injury.

Alonso milestone

This game marks exactly 500 days since Alonso took over at Leverkusen. The team have earned 100 points from his 47 Bundesliga matches at the helm. Only Pep Guardiola, Hansi Flick and Carlo Ancelotti have a better points-per-game ratio in the Bundesliga.
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Watch: The secrets to Leverkusen's success

Another reminder that Leverkusen are yet to taste defeat in their 31 competitive fixtures so far this season. It's already a German record for a single campaign, but 32 would equal the all-time best run for consecutive unbeaten games by a German club, set by Hansi Flick's Bayern across 2019/20 and 2020/21.
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Watch: Sunshine in Heidenheim

But will the sun be shining on Heidenheim as they try to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches against Europe's form team?

More on those teams

Adrian Beck returns to the Heidenheim team at the expense of Marvin Pieringer, who drops to the bench. As for Leverkusen, Jeremie Frimpong and Patrik Schick are the two changes from the team that started the 3-0 win over Bayern. Edmond Tapsoba and Nathan Tella make way.

Heidenheim starting XI

Müller - Traoré, Mainka (c), Gimber, Föhrenbach - Maloney, Schöppner - Dinkçi, Beck, Beste - Kleindienst

Heidenheim subs

Eicher, Busch, Siersleben, Theuerkauf, Sessa, Pick, Dovedan, Schimmer, Pieringer

Leverkusen starting XI

Hrádecký (c) - Stanišić, Tah, Hincapié - Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo - Adli, Wirtz - Schick

Leverkusen subs

Kovář, Kossounou, Tapsoba, Hofmann, Mbamba, Puerta, Iglesias, Tella, Hložek
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Schmidt's view on Leverkusen

"Leverkusen's quality was clear to see against Bayern. We're welcoming a team that's still unbeaten. They're very solid in defence. Their attacking play is variable. We've prepared for variable positional play and their high tempo. We've shown often enough this season that we can be a stumbling block for supposed favourites. I'm expecting every one of us to go to the limit and believe in an upset."
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Alonso's view on Heidenheim

"It's one of the toughest away games of the season. It's always hard to play there. They absolutely deserve their position in the table. They were top at set pieces [in the 2-1 win against Werder Bremen] and have super team spirit. It all makes Heidenheim very dangerous."
4:24
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Watch: How Leverkusen beat Bayern - analysis

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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!

Unbeaten streaks on the line

Heidenheim are currently eight without defeat in the Bundesliga. The only team to earn more points over the same number of games, and in fact the only team on a longer unbeaten run, are Leverkusen. Bayer are yet to lose in any competitive fixture this season. That run of 31 games now has them on the brink of equalling the record for longest undefeated streak by a German club. That was set at 32 by Hansi Flick's treble-winning Bayern team across 2019 and 2020.
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Watch: Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Heidenheim - previous meeting

Leverkusen made it four wins from five to start what has turned into a momentous season when they first faced Heidenheim on Matchday 5. Victor Boniface got two of their four goals that day, with Eren Dinkçi netting a temporary equaliser for the promoted visitors in the second half.
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Watch: Werder Bremen 1-2 Heidenheim - highlights

Jan-Niklas Beste was at his very best as he scored one and set up the other to inspire Heidenheim to just their second away win of the season at Werder Bremen.
3:56
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Watch: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Bayern Munich - highlights

Leverkusen opened up a five-point gap at the Bundesliga summit after a swashbuckling performance to defeat title rivals and defending champions Bayern 3-0.

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