Karim Bellarabi (r.) was in fine fettle for Leverkusen against Fluminense in Florida, twice going close to scoring in a 3-0 win
Karim Bellarabi (r.) was in fine fettle for Leverkusen against Fluminense in Florida, twice going close to scoring in a 3-0 win
Bundesliga

Leverkusen ease to Florida Cup win over Fluminense

Orlando - Bayer 04 Leverkusen gave a clear statement of their intent in the opening game of the Florida Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Brazilian side Fluminense FC.

Rolfes and Drmic on target

Around 2,000 spectators witnessed coach Roger Schmidt’s

Werkself

get off to a typically frenetic start, with

Karim Bellarabi

testing Fluminense keeper Diego Cavalieri within just two minutes. It set the tone for a prolonged period of Leverkusen pressure, with Bellarabi again going close before

Stefan Kießling

narrowly failed to convert an Emir Spahic cross. Kießling did find the target shortly before half-time, however, giving Bayer a deserved 1-0 lead at the break after heading in a Hakan Calhanoglu corner.

Schmidt made ten changes during the interval, with only Spahic staying on the field, but it didn’t disrupt their rhythm as the Bundesliga representatives maintained the upper hand for the majority of the encounter.

Simon Rolfes

scored what was almost a carbon-copy of Kießling’s opener, nodding in from Vladlen Yurchenko’s corner, before

Josip Drmic

made it 3-0 moments later with a smart finish from 15 yards. Leverkusen now face SC Corinthians Paulista,

who lost 1-0 to 1. FC Köln on Thursday

, in Jacksonville on Saturday in their final Florida Cup fixture, looking for the win that would likely secure the title.