Records tumbled on the evening of Sunday, 5 May 2019 as Bayer Leverkusen put Eintracht Frankfurt to the sword in a match that both thrilled spectators and ensured the race for UEFA Champions League qualification will go down to the final day.
bundesliga.com takes you through the records as they tumbled…
Leverkusen strike (very) early
It took the home side less than two minutes to open the scoring at the BayArena as Kai Havertz controlled a Kevin Volland cross on the edge of the box, before turning and smashing the ball past Kevin Trapp in the Frankfurt goal. It was the earliest Bayer goal in the league since November 2016. Volland himself holds the record for the fastest goal in Bundesliga history (nine seconds for Hoffenheim against Bayern Munich in August 2015).
Bayer bang them in
Leverkusen didn’t stop there, however, as Julian Brandt, Lucas Alario and Charles Aranguiz all got their name on the scoresheet before 28 minutes were up. It was the first time in their history that Die Werkself had scored four goals inside 28 minutes in the Bundesliga.
Were they done yet? Not a chance! Alario would grab a second in the 34th minute before Martin Hinteregger headed into his own net with 36 minutes on the clock. It was the quickest a team had ever scored six goals in the Bundesliga, matching Borussia Dortmund’s record against Schalke in 1964.
It was also the first time in their top-flight history that Leverkusen had scored more than four goals in the first 45 minutes of a game. It was also the first time in the Bundesliga that Frankfurt had conceded six before the break.
The most exciting first half ever?
Filip Kostic’s ‘consolation’ goal to bring the score back to 2-1 in the 14th minute meant that a total of seven goals were scored in the first half of the game. It was a record haul for the opening 45 minutes of a Bundesliga match.
The fairest first half ever?
Not only did Leverkusen find the back of the net six times, they didn’t put a single foot wrong in the eyes of the referee. For the first time since detailed data collection began in 1992, Bayer went through an entire first 45 minutes without committing a foul. It wasn’t until the 61st minute that they were finally penalised.
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